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By Adam Nathaniel Furman



In ‘Scarabesque’, artist and designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has accentuated the form of the Beetle and used color and pattern to transform the chair into a fabulous throne, suggesting new contexts for the design, from the club to a fairytale musical. A fiberglass shell coated in pearlescent paint is fixed to a powdercoated tubular steel base, elevating the artwork to over two meters in height.

“Beetles are incredible creatures, magical and special beings that have been regarded as having spiritual and mystical potency since the most ancient of times, with the Egyptians seeing the scarab as being an earthly embodiment of the sun god Ra.


As the Beetle Chair so beautifully shows, while their carapaces have incredible structural capacity and logic, they are also creatures of extravagant beauty and mystique, with many species having exquisite iridescence – most famously the incredible Jewel Beetle, which glitters and glints in the most fabulous manner.


Taking this glorious fabulousness, the core exuberance of the exhibitionist beetle as our starting point, we transformed the Beetle Chair into a vessel for the elevation of its occupant into the sumptuous and luscious realm of the totally fantastical, a vehicle to carry them away into iridescent dreams, an aesthetic transport that will, for the very briefest of moments, turn them into a Cinderella who has discovered their Beetle Chair transformed into the most magnificent of campy spectacles.”


– Adam Nathaniel Furman




Trained in architecture, Adam Nathaniel Furman is a British artist and designer of Argentine and Japanese heritage based in London. Through Atelier ANF, Furman works in spatial design and art of all scales from video and prints to large public artworks and architectural interventions, alongside products, furniture, interiors, publishing and academia. Furman’s work has been exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Milan, Melbourne, Rome, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Vienna and Basel; is held in the collections of the Design Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Abet Museum, and the Architectural Association.

“Adam Nathaniel Furman’s homage to the Beetle contains echoes of Disney’s Cinderella, of the scarabs of ancient Egypt and the royals who decorated palaces with the iridescent exoskeletons. The change of scale turns the chair into a fairytale throne, a playful jewel of contemporary furniture. Furman breaks the perfect balance achieved by GamFratesi and designs a chair that is brazen, excessive, metamorphic – and pure, unadulterated fun.”


- Marco Sammicheli, curator, TEN: Beyond the Beetle


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