Triangles by Bertjan Pot


Milan Design Week 2013 presented a preview of Golran‘s «Triangles», by the Dutch designer Bertjan Pot. Pot was selected for his focus on textile research, patterns, and colour palettes.


The collection is composed of four different designs of Kilim, some of these are also available in several colours. All designs’ starting point is the study of the kilim weaving, in order to emphasize the horizontal and diagonal linear features of the art.


The whole collection is based on the triangle, reiterated to form a grid of different patterns, from which diamond and hexagonal shapes ensue. The colour play pair up slightly contrasting tones, creating woven kaleidoscopic rugs.


This colour harmony along with the pattern’s research, perfectly links the historical background to this new contemporary context. To emphasize the geometries and plays of colour, the designer has created poufs in different forms to be combined and contrasted with a carpet for a complete look corresponding to certain expressions of contemporary art.


Bertjan Pot was born in 1975 in Nieuwleusem, Netherlands. After graduating from the Design Academy in 1988, he began his career as a designer alongside Daniel Withe, under the alias «The Monkey Boys».


In 2003 he opened his own studio in Schiedam. His work centres on the creation of furniture and furnishings, intensely focused on the technological research of materials, patterns, colour palettes, and the textures of fabrics.

Material research is the general starting point for almost every project. Technical research and creativity are the elements that break the boundaries of industrial production, as with his self-produced projects. In addition to these, he has collaborated with a large number of companies and institutions such as Moooi, Arco, Goods, Montis, Feld, Gelderland, Established & Sons, Alturo Alvarez, Richard Lampert, Domestic, Moustache, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and the AUDAX Textielmuseum Tilburg.

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Reinventing Oriental Carpets: Golran at Milan’s Design Week

Golran reinterprets oriental carpets with a perfect mix between expert technique skills and sensitivity. It has taken a new contemporary turn with this new Kilim collection designed by BertJan Pot under the direction of Francesca Avossa Studio.


The new generation at Golran is driven by a contemporary approach that began several years ago. This approach aims to promote research, while also conveying a new company spirit.


A collaboration with the Francesca Avossa Studio two years ago allowed for a redesign of the brand. This led to the development of a new identity that would unite the various activities of the brand, and create a cohesive message in both publicity and collections.


After the revolutionary Carpet Reloaded collection, whose innovation has been the engine of the company’s repositioning, Golran decided to invest further in contemporary collections.


The first two collections designed by Isabella Sodi – “Memories” and “Shadows” – preceded the collaboration with the studio of Francesca Avossa; a former consultant for several companies, including as artistic director of the brand’s collections at Ligne Roset.


The new editorial line has been designed in harmony with the spirit of Golran: reminiscent of the East, with traditional and artisanal know-how, using a contemporary approach to décor and a particular style of transgression.


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8 Chairs: Redefined by the Weather

Gallery Libby Sellers was launched in 2007 by the former senior curator of the London Design Museum, in order to offer a platform for the support and promotion of progressive and critical design in a gallery context.


Chair at Joshua Tree California

The current exhibition –‘8 Chairs’ by London-based creative duo Clarke & Reilly is a poetic travelogue documenting the journey of these chairs through extreme weather conditions. The redefined forms were installed on the rooftop of a Peckham building to expose them to the icy winter before being transported to the scorching California desert. The consequences of such extremes, all documented through film and photography, are also displayed in the Gallery. On their return, each chair underwent their own final process, informed by their individual response to the whole experience.

Credit : Ed Reeve

Clarke & Reilly describe their style as ‘unashamedly romantic and tirelessly imaginative’, and are known for applying an original perspective to ‘lost’ pieces of furniture using a narrative, historical knowledge, craftsmanship and a rarified sense of colour to redefine the work.

Credit : Ed Reeve

‘8 Chairs’ exemplifies this reverent attitude towards design as each of the historical chairs, selected to represent a specific character in the artists’ minds, has been reinvented, often using period and ancient fabrics.

Credit : Ed Reeve

Clarke and Reilly, otherwise known as David Grocott and Bridget Dwyer (born 1964 and 1967), have been collaborating as an artist duo since 2005. Bringing together their backgrounds in fashion (Dwyer) and antique furniture (Grocott), they create unique objects that convey their nostalgic, romantic, and slightly eccentric aesthetic.


Dwyer and Grocott currently live between London and Los Angeles and their works are in collections worldwide. The exhibition will run until the 26th of April.