After a serendipitous encounter with David Alhadeff of The Future Perfect
at the 2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan, Dutch designer Lex Pott began sketching up potential ideas for a unique collaboration. “Miami gave us a concrete deadline,” says Pott, whose new capsule will be the focus of The Future Perfect’s upcoming Curio booth. “We both are exhibiting at the fair for the first time. It wasn’t until our application was accepted that we started thinking about the booth itself. That’s where Calico came in,” he said, of the New York-based wallpaper company, helmed by Nicholas and Rachel Cope, who designed the booth’s walls.
Fabricated from granite, marble, and other stones, Pott’s new rough-edged furniture collection, “Fragments,” will be paired with a special mineralized wall treatment dreamt up by the experimental design duo. “I’ve worked with stone before; it’s a natural material, and I really like the irregularities. I never understand why humans always try to standardize stone,” says Pott. “This collection is a mixture of cultivated forms, rational and geometric shapes, married with raw ones.”
Slabs of layered marble intersect broken quarry rocks, bringing attention to the binary tension between the natural and the manmade. Like his booth partner, Calico, Pott produced all his pieces locally. In fact, the final piece, a vase, will travel with the designer in his carry-on luggage.
b. 1980, Michigan. Lives and works in New York.
On view at Patrick Parrish