It was at Eindhoven that Pott first embarked on a project that even his professors viewed as too ambitious, designing a large marble table that combined machine cuts with natural breaks in the stone. Scale it down, his professors suggested, make something smaller. They weren’t trying to demotivate him, Pott concedes, just give him a reality check. He persevered, however, convincing a quarry and a Dutch stone producer to sponsor the project. The result—a table from one massive block of stone—was a dialogue between organic, naturally defined shapes, and the clean, geometric language of industrial production.
This table became the basis for Pott’s commission for Design Miami/, a collection of four furniture pieces and a series of small accessories. When David Alhadeff, founder of The Future Perfect, met Pott, he was impressed by the designer’s talent as well as his restraint. “For the ‘Fragments’ collection, I feel confidence in Lex’s ability to see the beauty in natural circumstance,” he says. “Rocks broken and lying around become table bases. Rough boulders are contrasted by polished planes. The work is about showcasing the natural beauty of an object as much as it is about creating something new.” As far as Pott is concerned, the collaboration couldn’t have gone better. He continued to have ideas for the project even after the major pieces had shipped, and realized that if he wanted to include more work it would have to fit in his suitcase. “So the last vase is being produced now,” Pott admits. “I will pick it up tomorrow and fly on Saturday with the vase in my hand luggage.”