The Bertjan Pot Story
Bertjan Pot appreciates a good joke, one that tells the truth while giving it a little twist. And he takes a notably similar view when it comes to his modern lighting and furniture designs: to play on design standards and put a twist on expected conventions. Coming from a place of honesty and humor is what makes Bertjan Pot lighting and furniture pieces so exciting and innovative, yet also playful and light-hearted.
Why We Love Bertjan Pot
Pot initially acquired this point of view while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the 1990s. Pot instinctively reacted against the proclivity those days of making products smooth, sleek and inorganic, and made it his mission to work against the grain.
Noteworthy Products From Bertjan Pot
Today, at Studio Bertjan Pot in Schiedam, The Netherlands, Pot works on products for furniture companies and self-initiated projects. They start off small, based on a singular material or technique, and build from there. Technical prowess is paired with that mysterious thing, intuition, to create items that are "just a bit more than the function they have to fulfill." These creations include the famous Moooi Random Light and Moooi Non-Random Light, airy spheres made with strands of resin-coated fiberglass, the austere Slim Table and Slim Office furniture collection for Arco, as well as a line of beanbag furniture: the Lazy Bastard (for Montis) and the Molten Couch.
Fun Facts About Bertjan Pot
Look around for Bertjan Pot and you'll be hard-pressed to find any picture that actually shows his face. While this may appear the sign of a reclusive personality, it's really just Pot's way to avoid becoming a "celebrity designer," with a name and face that becomes more important than the actual designs. Bertjan Pot insists on staying in the background, letting his designs speak for themselves. And they're likely to be telling a joke.