Once again, the London Design Festival celebrated and promoted London as the “design capital of the world”, returning last month, between the 16-24 September, to venues and institutions across the city. In its fifteenth edition, we’ll like to highlight a ceramic installation placed at Granary Square. Turkish ceramics, an organization that promotes the Turkish ceramic industry around the world, collaborated with designer Adam Nathaniel Furman to create “Gateways”.
It was a ceramic installation consisting of four 4m-high and colourfully-tiled gates that draw people to wander through and experience the rich history of ceramics in Turkey. Furman said that Turkish ceramics asked him to design something that would represent the history of Turkish ceramics, which goes back thousands of years. That’s why he created four ceramic gateways and each of them speaks of a different period of ceramics history.
The first gate had featured decorative hand-painted tiles by the Iznik Foundation, which are traditionally used in mosques. A classical gate design inspired by the traditional Islamic motif of paradise. The second gate presented contemporary flooring tiles designed to look like stone or wood. On the other hand, the third retro structure was covered in colourful square tiles, a durable and hard ceramic product that evokes the tiling that covered the Tube stations in London in the 1970s. The fourth and final gate presented a monochrome black and white design with clean rectangular ceramic tiles. Furman intended to celebrate the reuse of this design style that has gained popularity in bars and cafes in recent years.
For Furman, the installation was an opportunity to show how tiles can be used not only for bathrooms or kitchens, but also on an architectural scale like in monuments or on buildings as exterior facades.