Pastel hues, graphic patterns, and material contrasts in Adam Nathaniel Furman’s Nagatcho home make for an instant sugar high.
In Tokyo’s busy Nagatcho district, designer and artist Adam Nathaniel Furman completed the interior fit-out and design of a 160-square-meter (roughly 1,700-square-foot) apartment full of harmonic contrasts that emphasize the visual and sensual experience.
The apartment is laid out so that color and contrast are everywhere: a narrow corridor leads to the individual bedrooms, while the communal spaces of the kitchen, dining, and living rooms are open to each other but distinguished by different color and material palettes. The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, each treated with a distinct color story that picks up on tones and hues found elsewhere in the house, creating a sense of continuity and unity.
In each space, natural and artificial materials abut one another, creating an aesthetic tension in the material textures and production techniques. Cabinetry whose wood details were handmade by skilled carpenters are combined with marquetry doors cut using a laser cutter; handwoven carpeting lies next to vinyl flooring; nylon fixtures sit next to handcrafted porcelain hardware and handles.
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Furman is an artist and designer with a specific interest in color, queerness, and the sensuality of visually stimulating environments—and these explorations are evident in the apartment, from the large-scale painted shapes on the doors to the juxtaposed materials. The result is a home that feels both joyful and yet refined, vibrant yet restrained.