Excavated: Fragments by Lex Pott and Calico Wallpaper for The Future Perfect

Fragments Dining Table Round Mountain, by Lex Pott
The Future Perfect presents the Fragments collection from Lex Pott (dutch furniture designer) and Brooklyn’s Calico Wallpaper. Pictured: Fragments Dining Table Round Mountain, by Lex Pott
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When David Alhadeff founded The Future Perfect in 2003, it was always with the intention of showcasing the best design that the world had to offer. A dozen years later, the design boutique is once again making waves with an inspiring collaboration with two rising design forces: the Dutch furniture designer Lex Pott and the Brooklyn-based firm, Calico Wallpaper.

Together, the trio has produced a multi-faceted presentation of design under Design Miami’s Design Curio banner, a new by-application platform at the fair that opens up the exhibition floor to innovators, boutiques and non-gallery entities in general.

‘Fragments’ consists of a series of monolithic furniture pieces, designed especially for the occasion by Pott using stone from a single quarry, and a custom-designed chromatic wall covering, incorporating pulverised minerals in its pigments by Calico Wallpaper. Three of Pott’s pieces – tables in various sizes with planes of glass disruptively wedged in between – are made from Belgian bluestone, while the fourth piece, a shelf, features layers of different marbles (Nero Marquina, Verde Rajasthan, Rouge, Giale and Bianco Carrera, to be exact).

Pott’s inspiration for the Fragments collection originated from the way rocks at a quarry fracture and break; along natural veining and fissures inherent in the material. By preserving the stone offcuts in its brutally raw form, and then fusing them with opposing, highly polished glass surfaces, the resulting pieces poetically and provocatively toe the line between design and art.

‘As I started to see the collection come together, it felt like an opportunity to do something different than we’d ever done before,’ remembers Alhadeff, who is presenting at Design Miami for the first time. ‘I presented the idea to Calico and it was like kismet because [they’d] been experimenting with the idea of mineral pigments. The digital process is their standard line, but they always start by hand painting, so I [suggested] if they could do a ‘de Gournay’ version of Calico. What has transpired is a perfect synergy between the two collections.’

Calico’s bespoke wall covering is made from a fine Belgian linen that’s painted using pigments and minerals made from the same bluestone in Pott’s work, as well as pyrite and mica to bring a lustre and tactile iridescence to the design. Known for deftly using digital technologies to create its immersive patterns, Calico seized the opportunity to create something entirely handmade, in ode to its artwork-inspired approach that consistently serves as a jumping off point.

‘We’ve always been interested in creating something utterly handmade,’ says co-founder Nick Cope. ‘We decided that if we could pulverize the stones from Lex’s pieces, we could create an environment where the pieces could seem like they came from pre-history or from this primordial ooze of pre-time and space. We started creating these very dynamic and textural horizons from mineral pigment.’

After many rounds of testing and trials (even the substrates used have been developed especially for the project), the final design will be painted in situ by Calico’s co-founder Rachel Cope during the duration of the fair. ‘We’ve created an entirely new product [in the process],’ she says. ‘We’ve sourced linen of the highest quality from Belgium and found a way to back it with a non-woven backing. The product is completely by us using the best materials.’

Fragments Layered Shelf, Fragments Side Table Circle Insert

Pictured left: Fragments Layered Shelf. Right: Fragments Side Table Circle Insert, by Lex Pott

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Fragments’ monolithic furniture pieces

Detail from one of Fragments’ monolithic furniture pieces, created from stone derived from the same quarry

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The way materials found in a quarry are fractured and broken

Pott was inspiration by the way materials found in a quarry are fractured and broken

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Rachel and Nick Cope, founders of Calico Wallpaper

’A perfect synergy between the two collections’. Pictured right: Rachel and Nick Cope, founders of Calico Wallpaper, who apply the centuries-old art of Suminagashi and Ebru to their contemporary practice

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Calico’s bespoke wall covering is painted using pigments made from the same bluestone as Pott’s work

Made from a fine Belgian linen, Calico’s bespoke wall covering is painted using pigments made from the same bluestone as Pott’s work

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Creates a connection that runs deeper than concept or technique

Using the same materials to create pieces in such different mediums creates a connection that runs deeper than concept or technique

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The final collaborative designs will be painted in situ

The final collaborative designs will be painted in situ by Calico’s co-founder Rachel Cope in Miami

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INFORMATION

For more information, visit The Future Perfect website (opens in new tab)

Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.