Architect Adam Nathaniel Furman undertook a residency at the British School in Rome in 2014-15, as he became familiar with the city he was struck by the coming together of Italian style and consumerism with the ancient and resonant architectural and religious traditions. “It’s all present in Rome, there is a duality that runs through the city, there is a seriousness and weightiness – they have a word for it ‘romanita’. It was very present in the fascist period. At the same time there is this totally self absorbed sense of play, pleasure and sensuousness.” When Adam was commissioned to design some furniture for a client in Monaco, he decided to explore this idea further.
traditional siberian craft and contemporary design come together in berlin-based maker anastasiya koshcheeva’s latest collection: ‘from siberia’. the series of objects is composed of ‘tuesa’, ‘taburet’, ‘svetoch’ — each representing a different approach to the use of natural birchbark in the home. ‘from siberia’ is a continuation of koshcheeva’s ‘sibirjak lounge chair’ project, in which she learned and developed the processes of birch-based manufacturing.
each product in the series showcases the unique and outstanding qualities of the material. the ‘tuesa’ containers are perfect for storage of food, spices, teas, etc. because of naturally-occurring antibacterial and isolating qualities, ‘tuesa’ can keep its contents fresher for two to three times longer then conventional counterparts made of glass or plastic. vessels are light and robust, with a natural soft and non-slip surface that remains graspable even when wet.
the ‘svetoch’ lamps are cylindrical forms that produce a soft, diffused light. koshcheeva’s design is based on a traditional no-glue method of joining, allowing for the shape to be created with nothing more than a few select stitches. ‘svetoch’ is a celebration of birchbark, and establishes a homey, comfortable atmosphere in any interior.
In its meticulous creation of the State of Zubrowka, Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a typographic treat. The film’s lead graphic designer Annie Atkins was responsible for every graphic prop in the movie. Creative Review talk to her about her work.