Designer: Lex Pott
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Diptych is a minimalist collection created by Netherlands-based designer Lex Pott. Every object from the Diptych1 series comes from the same douglas fir, therefore carrying the ( 1 ) branded on each product. This particular tree was planted on the Dutch grounds of the Veluwe around 1960 and cut down in 2013. All the processing of the material took place in the Netherlands, making this a project deserving the title ‘ Made in the Netherlands ‘.
The title Diptych refers to the juxtaposition within each object of geometric and organic shapes, open and closed parts, control and freedom. The patterns are created by covering parts of the objects with rubber stickers during the sandblasting process. You can see the life of the tree in the wood: good summers give a wide annual ring, harsh winters a thin one. By sandblasting one blows away the soft rings of summer, leaving a gap. Within the wood there are different colours: heartwood has a reddish hue, sap-wood is more yellow. To accentuate the wood markings, the objects are finished with a combination of oil and wax.