Designer Spotlight: Bertjan Pot
During my visit at the MOOOI gallery in Amsterdam the lightning by Bertjan Pot blinded me. Pot is well known for his Random Light he designed in 1999, right after graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven. His designs show his love of material and technique. One thing I admire this designer for, is his interest to push the boundaries of industrial production. As a true MOOOI fan I couldn’t resist putting this Dutch designer in the designer spotlight.
Bertjan Pot’s work is in my eyes phenomenal and his passion for textiles and furniture inspire me. He is interested in the way interior products relate to their users and likes how small elements grow in something bigger, something beautiful. Studio Bertjan Pot works with manufacturers such as Gelderland, Montis and MOOOI.
Here are my personal favorites of designer Bertjan Pot. Enjoy and ‘enlighten’ your week!
Pot created the Random Light for label MOOOI.
Pot created it from resin drained glass-fiber, randomly coiled around a big balloon.
The creation sounds simple, but it took him 3 years to develop – same technique as his graduation project.
Awesome photograph by Erwin Olaf for the Random light, also available as a floor lamp.
– Heracleum –
Heracleum is the lightning object which blinded me at the gallery during my visit last weekend. The object arrived at MOOOI as a fantasy. Pot had the wish to light many LED-lights at the same time. It looked impossible with too much soldering, but then Marcel Wanders had the ‘luminous’ idea to use his ELECTROSANDWICH®. Using this technique it was possible to create a structure more slender than Pot hoped for when he started the project. The Heracleum got his name by the plant which got the same structure (see below).
All the LED-lights can be turned like you want. MOOOI calls it: “A force of nature!”. And I agree :)
This awesome unusual chandelier started off as ‘Stairway to heaven’, a special project Studio Bertjan Pot created for a theatre. This lighting object won the 1st Frame Award in 2012, and became a real product in the collection as ‘Downstairs’.
Downstairs comes in 3 sizes: 4 steps, 6 steps and 8 steps. The 8 steps is part of the permanent collection of the Dutch museum Boijmans van Beuningen, in Rotterdam. I know because I’ve seen it and it looks awesome, although the 4 steps would fit even better in my living room :)
Besides these awesome lightning objects, Studio Bertjan Pot created seats, sofas, stools, tables, carpets pillows and lots of other little side projects.
For more on Studio Bertjan Pot, visit their website.