In a new collaboration with Maharam, industrial designer Bertjan Pot has developed a series of textiles that explores utilitarian design principles across pattern and woven structure.

Citing material experimentation as the starting point for each project, Pot uses simple components and processes to create intricate objects including lights, furniture, and textiles.

Pot embraces repetition and elemental techniques such as handweaving and machine stitching to create textiles that playfully incorporate structure, pattern, and color.

Working from his studio in Rotterdam, Pot applies materials in unexpected ways and transforms them in the process.

Drawing upon utilitarian design principles including Shaker traditions of material and structural simplicity, woven upholstery Twist enlists custom tricolor plied yarns to strengthen the textile and form a moire.

Shake reframes Twist’s pattern within a stripe, alternating between two tricolor plied yarns to create vivid interplays of color that vibrate with visual energy.

Hustle extends the collection’s humble yarn-twisting method to a handwoven rug of wool and organic cotton with high-contrast color pairings to pronounce its structure.

Floss reimagines traditional hand-knotting techniques through exuberant texture and palette, also handwoven in wool and organic cotton.

To herald Maharam’s next major collaborator, photographer Nick Ballón visited Pot’s studio to learn more about his approach.

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