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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. The dining table with round mountain, constructed of Belgian Bluestone is an example of this idea.
The oval bowl related to this concept in an entirely different way. Here, specific geometry and perfectly finished slabs are fragmented through the use of various marbles. The 5 Layer Oval Bowl consists of five different types of marbles making it a unique composition in color, pattern and global origin. The white marble outer layer is made from the most iconic marble called Bianco Carrara class C. The C class is one of the highest ratings in terms of purity and whiteness and is found in Italy. The yellow layer is made from Giallo Realle. This very warm and characteristic exclusive marble is quarried in Italy as well. The third red layer consists of rouge marble that finds its origin in Spain. Since the color palette plays an important role in the design, Pott selected marble from India that comes in a very intense dark green. The green marble is named Verde Radjastan. Then to finish the layers from top to bottom and from light to dark, the base is made from dark marble found in Spain. This Nero Marquina is known for its' black purity and strong white veining.
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.