Bertjan Pot (1975) graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1998. When he was seventeen years old (1992), Pot already won first prize during a yearly art- and culture competition for adolescents. His main fascination is with techniques, structures, patterns, colours, materials and production processes. Although everything is made from materials and materialisation is inevitable, Pot is surprised to see that it is often a forgotten part of the design process nevertheless. In his designs he likes to flirt with computer aesthetics and industrial production methods, but avoids using the computer as a design tool, as is more and more the case in contemporary design.
Most of Pot’s designs are based on experiments with materials, both old and new. Experiments often start by a curiosity as to how things work exactly. From those ideas, together with producers, Pot examines the possibilities to push the boundaries a bit and develop truly new products. The reward for every challenge is therefore a new challenge. Pot became renowned for his Carbon Chair design, a collaboration with Marcel Wanders. This chair has been added to the New York MoMa permanent collection. The Random Chair and Stool, both in our collection, are based on the Carbon Chair. Since 2012, Pot has been working for many national and international labels and designers.