LP4 - Steel Brown - &Tradition
True Colours is &traditions first collaboration with Dutch designer Lex Pott. Each vase in the series is made from a different oxidised metal and also features a highly polished segment. The subtly chromatic result shows the natural colours of the metal, both in its polished and oxidised state.
True Colours is based on a very simple principle, which is to juxtapose the polished and oxidised patinas of the same metal in one product, says &tradition Brand Manager Martin Kornbek Hansen. But the process is complex, and the result demonstrates the richness and infinite variety of the materials. The contrast between the sleek, polished metal and the seemingly time-worn oxidised patina is something we really value here at &tradition. The seven vases are made from copper, steel, brass, and aluminium, each giving rise to different colour combinations that are organic and inherent to the materials. By showing both the original and oxidised colour in one product, says designer Lex Pott, the viewer is made aware of its material qualities. In addition to the rich palette of True Colours, the contrast between each metal in its highly polished state and the matte, variegated hues of their oxidised counterparts provides a compelling demonstration of the full spectrum of texture and colour latent in the material.
Each vase is the result of Potts intense research into the oxidisation process. Every metal has its own oxide colour depending on the reaction, Pott explains. It took a lot of research to find the right recipes to accelerate the oxidisation, which could normally take decades. The bipartite effect is created when the entire vase is oxidised, and one strip at the top or bottom of the product is cleaned and polished in order to reveal its true colour. Because oxidisation is an organic process, each vase is both unique and reproducible at the same time. The vases in the True Colours series vary in size and material, but all follow the same principle. Therefore, while each individual vase works on its own as a standalone object, all seven pieces from the series also complement each other beautifully when displayed together. With its delicate ruby reds, rusty browns, cobalt blues, its mints and its umbers, True Colours offers a stunning display of the true preciousness of the everyday materials that we often take for granted.
Colour: Brown and Steel
Size H: 10 cm, ∅: 8 cm