“Colouring metals requires accurate recipes. My new vases for &tradition show the results of research on metals and their true colours; a direct relationship between colour, material and information.” True Colours is a new series of vases by Lex Pott for &tradition. Each of the seven vases is made from a different oxidised metal — copper, steel, brass, and aluminium — while featuring a contrasting and highly polished segment. The subtle chromatic result shows the true colours of each metal, both in its polished and oxidised state. In addition to revealing the rich palette of each metal, True Colours also plays on the contrast between the rough, organic facture of the oxidised patina and the lustrous surface of the polished segment. “Since the reaction of the patina is organic,” says Pott, “every vase is unique but remains reproducible.” The seven vases in the True Colours Vase series come in blue, terracotta, and black brass, white aluminium, green copper, and brown steel. All vary in size — from 10 cm to 24 cm in height and from 6.5 cm to 10.5 cm in diameter — but follow the same principle of production. While each vase is a unique piece that works on its own, together the members of the True Colours family complement each other beautifully.
Lex Pott is Dutch designer and graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven (2009), who now operates a studio in the outskirts of Amsterdam. He prefers to work with high-quality wood, stone and metal, often taking a layered approach to design projects. He has a natural intuition to experiment with materials and to undertake extensive research in his work. A number of his designs are notable for unlikely combinations of techniques and materials. For HAY, he has created the Pivot shelf and the Iso hook, products that incorporate elemental shapes into resolutely functional objects.