Bertjan Pot: coiled-rope masks

Bertjan Pot is a young Dutch product designer known principally for his ‘Random Light’. He writes of the masks:

“Although seemingly these masks tell stories, this started out as a material experiment. I wanted to find out if by stitching a rope together I could make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy. When I was about to give up on the carpet, Vladi came up with the idea of ​​shaping the rope into masks. The possibilities are endless, I’m meeting new faces every day.”

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16 thoughts on “Bertjan Pot: coiled-rope masks

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  2. Excellent, I know his Moooi line, clients have used that fixture, so fascinating to see his less commercial work. Loving the mask theme you are exploring, these are wonderful examples.
    Thanks, Lg

    • The technique lends itself very well to primate physiognomy. Those chimpanzee ears work a treat. The maker has concentrated on a smile, but the ‘bowing’ that occurs when producing discs, could adapt itself very well to the pronounced muzzle of a chimp.

  3. Like the way he crinkled up his face–impromptu masking!–for the photograph. I feel sure I know the blue face, though in another color. Interesting that all his work (it seems, from looking at the site) begins by playing with materials.

  4. You can’t help but smile when looking at these! 🙂 thay are so colourful, fun and squishy looking!

    its only day 2 of mask week and i’m already fealy inspired to have a go at making one…

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