A graduate of the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, Pot honed his design skills under the tutelage of Ulf Moritz while also discovering his passion for textiles. He founded Monkey Boys alongside his academy classmate, Daniel White, where they designed their own furniture and lighting. While this venture was short-lived, Pot went on to found his namesake studio, expanding his instinctive experimentation with materials and production methods.
What’s most unique about Pot’s body of work is his decided process of trial and error, of spontaneous creativity and exploration. Rather than beginning with a specific design in mind, he works with the material’s own characteristics and qualities, testing the conventions and limits of what can and cannot be done.
“I’m not the sort of designer for whom form or aesthetics take first place,” Pot stated in an interview with Dutch furniture company Arco. “That comes later. I don’t have any distinguishable design style either. For me, it revolves mainly around materials and techniques and how you can make a product in the best way with those things. I’m always experimenting. The dissection of materials’ properties and technical opportunities is the thing that, for me, usually forms the basis for new designs.”
The Dutch designer’s process is the reason for some of his most well-known designs such as the Random Light (1999/2002), which took three years to develop, and Masks (2010), an ongoing series of colorful masks made of rope stitched together. Pot’s distinct designs are sold internationally and housed in the collections of many famous art institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
By trusting the results of his explorations in materiality and experimentation, Pot creates work that lacks the rigidity of many designs on the market today. His intuitive approach allows for a more playful relationship between the designer and the creation. The results are inventive product and furniture designs that toe the line between practicality and aesthetics.
Written by Nicole Wong
Headline photo: Boxblocks fabric chairs, produced by Cassina