03/04/2017 - 30/06/2017
Adam Nathaniel Furman
Four characters in the first act
On the occasion of Fuorisalone 2017, Camp Design Gallery launches Adam Nathaniel Furman's solo show "Four characters in the first act", curated by Marco Sammicheli. The project focuses on contemporary collectible design through four specially commissioned one-off pieces, each of which generates its forceful presence through the deployment of intricately patterned surfaces, and intriguing architectures. The project has been realized in collaboration with Abet Laminati.
"4 Characters in the First Act", curated by Marco Sammicheli, is a collection of furniture pieces commissioned by Camp Design Gallery for Milan Design Week/ Fuori Salone 2017, that are bursting with personality.
Angiolo (side unit), Anselmo (table), Annibale (cupboard with legs) and Augusto (triangle cupboard) are profoundly proud, and highly ornamented designs inspired by Italy, and its incredible ability to always mix, and synthesise, influences from all around the world, as well as how its forms have been successfully exported all over the planet, transforming in fascinating ways in the process.
Korean, Balian, Thai and Chinese inspired patterns are fused with Italian architectural forms, and are together updated with a bright, glowing, and joyful 21st century aesthetic, into furniture pieces that are manufactured using the latest in digital technology (the show is sponsored by Abet Laminati and its new digital laminating process), and the highest quality of traditional Italian craft, using hand-made Lombard timber carpentry and crafted, painted steel.
Imagine a Thai business lady, and an Italian backpacker, spending a long, exciting, passion and drug-fuelled night together in a Chinese club, well these pieces are the embodiment of this kind of wonderful, sensual and aesthetic trans-continental exchange.
In an age of increasing isolationism and gloom, this is a collection that picks up on Marco Polo's legacy, and is the celebratory, colourful expression of a desire to travel, and to meet and make exciting, strange new things."
- Adam Nathaniel Furman -
"The collection that Adam Nathaniel Furman has created for Camp Design Gallery is a postmodern cultural essay explored at the scale of furniture. Shapes and decorations are not quotations, but compositional structures that visually narrate imaginary journeys rooted in the history of architecture. The graphics, developed specially for each piece by the British designer, are a surprising synthesis of the variety of references in the project, and embody its originality."
- Marco Sammicheli –
Photo credits: Federico Floriani
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