Basel 2019 – London-based architect and designer Adam Nathaniel Furman teamed up with Abet Laminati to create a ‘clumsy’ and joyful collection conceived as “bourgeois’ nightmare.” Named Three characters in the second act: The Royal Family the boldly coloured series developed fot Camp Design Gallery features two large cabinets, called Benevolente and Solidale, and the Gioioso chair.
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“Three Characters in the Second Act is a vision of the home as a court of domestic deviance played out through the ecstatic surfaces of a bourgeois’ nightmare’,” said Adam Nathaniel Furman.
Each piece has been decorated with vivid colours and bold, intricate patterns using digitally printed laminate produced by decorative laminate manufacturer Abet Laminati.
The series – a “childhood dream,” according to Furman – was conceived after he discovered what late Italian masters Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass created for the surface company.
“My little brain could barely take in just how joyous and delicious and inspiring and happy objects that are normally so unnoticeable can be,” adds the designer who was intrigued with the manner in which laminate can transform wood into something altogether more joyful.
The collection is the second chapter of an ongoing collaboration between Camp Gallery and Adam Nathaniel Furman which started with the series and the exhibition Four characters in the first act curated by Marco Sammicheli in 2017.
“That was the moment when we began to think of launching our vision and project on an international level and Design Miami Basel seemed the ideal stage to us.” says Beatrice Bianco of Camp Design Gallery. “An independent art gallery, a company with a long-lasting tradition in manufacturing decorative plastic laminate and a visionary artist: a perfect trio that could inspire a new design vision.”
All photos: courtesy of Abet Laminati.
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