Dutch designer Bertjan Pot graduated from the Man and Identity department at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. It was there that he discovered his passion for textiles. Graduation project: a knitted lamp. Pot teamed up with school friend Daniel White, operating under the name of The Monkey Boys, and when the two parted in 2003, he opened Studio Bertjan Pot in Rotterdam. Designing furniture, lighting and other home products, Pot emphasizes materials, which he sees as a critical but often overlooked element of the design process. Most of his projects are based in experimentation – starting small, playing with a material or technique, following a curiosity about how something might work, or might look. In the manufacturing stage, Pot continues to experiment, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in production and functionality. He’s attracted to the idea of creating products that become part of a home’s story, open to interpretation. In 2010, Pot’s willingness to let his materials take the lead resulted in his first mask. Stitching ropes together to make a carpet, he realized the form was becoming curved and held it up to his face. In Pot’s parlance, the material wanted to be a mask. The Masks series has been exhibited at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Netherlands. Material experimentation is also evident in Pot’s Random Light and Heracleum Pendant. Heracleum is included in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Pot’s work can also be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and MoMA in New York.