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Nature and geometry are at the nexus of the Fragments collection. From one extreme, found looking rocks are intersected by polished planes. At the other extreme, completely finished stone is fragmented by different marbles and colors. Fragments was conceived at the quarry, where irregular and organically shaped boulders are being transformed into perfect industrial geometry. The initial interpretation of this juxtaposition between the original rock and the finished products, is in the group of work where rough found boulders are intersected with planes of perfectly finished and honed machine parts.
From this point more subtle variations in concept occur. This is the case for the cross base dining table and coffee table. The idea came from watching the process of turning raw blocks of stone into slabs to be used as surface. By utilizing the quality of the end slab, both an irregular surface and a polished plane appear. The irregular surface creates a texture that invisibly becomes a technical joint for the base, constructed from two regularly finished slabs, and cut from the same block.
Product designer Lex Pott takes an intuitive approach to inventing new design languages out of historical precedents. His work ranges from the monumental—a columnar coffee table cut from a single piece of hard stone—to the petite—spring scissors based on Asian craft technique—and is often composed according to contrasts. Jagged pieces of rock intercept smooth stone plates in the “Fragments” table series, for example, and metallic rust meets highly polished chromatic surfaces in the “True Colours” vases and shelves. For the “Transience Mirrors” (2015), Pott experiments with the oxidation process to create gradients of color through the application of sulphur to silver, while “Reflections” (2013) features mirrors and marbles that mimic the appearance of an open book and bring out symmetrical patterns in the stone.