The Royal Family comes in Three’s
A collection of three furniture pieces commissioned by Camp Design Gallery Milan and made in collaboration with Abet Laminati, Architect Adam Nathaniel Furman’s ‘The Royal Family’ brings colour, pattern and joy back into a domestic environment. By Aarthi Mohan
The Royal Family is a vision of the home as a court of domestic deviance played out through the ecstatic surfaces of a bourgeois’ nightmare. It models a 21st Century family of two parents and an insanely spoiled child where emotions and relationships can be played out in infinite possibilities. Gioioso (the chair), Benevolente (the wide unit) and Solidale (the tapering unit) have no official status, but they are pure royalty in total rejection to superficial codes of good taste and they honour their freedom and power in the union of sacred and profane, colour and form, willfulness and gluttony, the digital and the crafted, the new and the old, and the bad and the naughty, refulgent in patterns of a new kind of regal family’s aesthetic liberty.
Adam Nathaniel’s work explores the relationship between memory, imagination, history and communication at multiple scales with a critical eye towards the way in which architecture forms a dialogue with the past and the future. He communicates complex issues through eloquent and expressive shapes, colours, and environments. “My multicultural background is a big influence on what I do and are always fused with a keen interest in broader universal themes. I’ve laid out an approach to the relationship between form and the conveyance of content, which simultaneously draws on new technologies and mediums, whilst anchoring itself firmly in the wealth of past traditions; a dialogue between progress and positivity, memory and loss, the ephemeral and fashionable and the eternal and immutable, which is vital to the production of designs that accurately reflect our contemporary condition”, he says.
“For this collection, I was looking to combine traditional Italian handcrafting with the latest technology to show how tradition and innovation can live together beautifully and help bring the complexity of a level of detail that hasn’t been seen in design for a long, long time. I wanted to design contemporary pieces worthy of the renaissance. They are each in a limited edition of three, so if your readers would like one, they must hurry!”, says Adam.