Product designer of the year
Winner: Adam Nathaniel Furman
Sponsored by USM
Adam Nathaniel Furman’s intensely decorated and often outré products and furniture take inspiration from Furman’s passionate exploration of the themes of queerness, colour and ornament as a political-aesthetic project, with their objects being the embodiment of the diasporic, roaming cultures that surrounded them as a child in a culturally mixed household.
Furman is of Argentine, Japanese and Israeli heritage, and is trained in architecture and fine art. Their work ranges across architecture, art, products and interiors, and is exhibited widely and held in numerous museum collections.
Recent projects have included the PHaB1&2 chairs – ‘cute’ and ‘unexpectedly queer’ interventions into contemporary minimalist design; a series of architectural artworks in specially made water jet-cut ceramics for the maternity ward of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London; and for this year’s London Design Festival, a 14m-high tower of colourful translucent flags that flutter in the wind, commissioned by British Land. In addition to their design work, Furman also writes and teaches at universities internationally.