Intellectual and ironic, eclectic and multifaceted, lively and defiant, Adam Nathaniel Furman is a young interior designer, architect, writer and filmmaker. A Londoner by birth - his father is Argentinian and his mother half Japanese and half Israeli - he leaps easily from one culture to another, shaping an irreverent universe composed of a thousand shapes and colours – an ode to freedom first and foremost, where sacred and profane, present and past merge into a single arc of possibilities, achieving new forms of aesthetic freedom. His design is accessible, usually adorable, often mischievous, always passionate and inspired by the (very Londonesque) theme of Queerness. Colour and decor, the outcomes of very precise political-aesthetic projects, are the protagonists of his objects, his spaces and his installations, all expressions of the many fluid and diasporic cultures and knowledges in which he has been immersed since childhood. His easily-recognised projects are distinguished by their psychedelic colours and graphics, drawing on the past (the idea, the forms and the meaning) to become totemic elements of the present, sparking reflection on and for the future. Above all, they are messengers of (cheeky) happiness, (sensual) pleasure, (critical) energy. As a designer, Furman’s mission is to fight for the sort of world he craves – free, open, beautiful, overflowing with love, shared, intellectual and, frankly, enjoyable – through design.
Adam Nathaniel Furman has taught at London’s Central St Martins University of the Arts, carrying out research in the fields of urbanistics and architecture. His many accolades include the prestigious UK Rome Prize for Architecture in 2014, and he has been described by Rowan Moore, architecture critic for the Observer, as one of the rising stars of design.
The Milanese Camp Design Gallery presented his collection The Royal Family, created in collaboration with Abet Laminati, at Milan Design Week 2019. His solo show Historical Promiscuities, curated by Luca Molinari, was held during the same week at the Vudafieri Saverino Partners studio, in collaboration with Bitossi Ceramiche.