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Dutch designer Lex Pott brings a special kind of polish to his True Colours series of vases for &Tradition. Each of the cylinder shapes is made from a different metal—copper, steel, brass or aluminum—and juxtaposes bands of both an oxidized and a highly polished finish. A plastic container within each tube can hold water for use as a flower vase. The contrast of textures and tonal variances between the organic rawness and the lustrous patina reveals the essential qualities of each metal. And since the oxidation is a natural process, each vase is unique in its color variations.
Design is never static. When Copenhagen-based &Tradition was established in 2010, founder Martin Kornbek Hansen's mission was to produce work that was defined by a unique vision, whether it came from Danish legends of the past or young innovators of the future. The roster extends from timeless luminaries such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to current leading lights Samuel Wilkinson and Norm.Architects to exciting new names Mia Hamborg and Victor Vetterlein. As the company's Kornbek Hansen puts it: "We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today."
With its library of furniture and lighting extending from the 1930s to the present day, the firm is uniquely positioned to carry on the Nordic tradition of unstinting craftsmanship and adroit use of materials. Nonetheless, &Tradition sees its future in global terms, handpicking design talent and production facilities internationally in an effort to continually produce relevant product and engage a new generation of conscious consumers.