Adam Nathaniel Furman’s tiled gates for London Design Festival celebrates Islamic motifs

London-based designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has created an installation during London Design Festival called Gateway, showcasing the history of Turkish ceramic tiles.

Photography by Hufton + Crow

The designer was commissioned by Turkishceramics – an organisation that promotes the Turkish ceramic industry to the world – to represent the historic timeline of the Turkish ceramic industry.

The Gateways installation is made up of four 4m high tiled structures, each one featuring a different kind of ceramic tile produced by various brands. Each of the ‘gates’ represent a different period of ceramics in history.

The first gate references Islamic tradition, using decorative hand-painted tiles that are commonly used in mosques, by the Iznik Foundation. It represents an Islamic motif of paradise.

The more contemporary second gate is designed to imitate textures found in nature such as wood or stone, while the third structure takes on a more colourful aesthetic with a square tile arrangement that emanates London Underground stations in the 1970s.

The last gate features a monochromatic colour palette, complete with rectangular tiles that are currently common in F&B projects around the world.

An exhibition celebrating traditional materials and design techniques from the Middle East was also on show at this year’s London Design Festival, featuring 18 designers from across the region.




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