Designer Profile: David Adjaye

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

Because he recently won the AJ100 Contribution to the Profession Award, Sir David Adjaye deserves a second look-not only as a gifted architect but also as a unique designer. Although he turned his talents toward product design not long ago with his Star Collection of vases in 2012, Adjaye applies many of his talents as an architect to the smaller world of objects. It's easy to see the same sculptural bent and geometric precision in his furniture.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

1. Star for Gaia and Gino and Swarovski Elements

The three faceted objects of Star combine smooth shiny exteriors with black crystal interiors. Adjaye refers to the vessels as "architectural studies in the geometry of paired triangles." The gleaming outside reveals more complex texture and color within, complicating the very notion of decoration.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

2. Washington Skeleton Aluminum Chair for Knoll

Adjaye's cantilevered chairs, including Skeleton, offer function and ornament-with a lattice-like representation of vegetal forms. The cantilevered design "explores propping and balancing," cradling the human body and welcoming movement.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

3. Stand 7 Stool by Adjaye Associates

A perfect number 7 in silhouette, Stand 7 Stool is a beautiful example of Adjaye's playful nature and geometric precision. In numerology, seven is also a symbolic number, always hiding deeper truths, making it the ideal candidate for Adjaye, whose architectures are steeped in metaphor.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

4. Washington Prism Lounge Chair for Knoll

Another study in angles, Washington Prism Lounge Chair is meant to be admired from all sides. Every view yields another interesting geometric shape.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

5. Double Zero for Moroso

Adjaye incorporated the dynamic circle into his furniture designs with the clean and balanced Double Zero. Taking inspiration from the Art Deco Movement, Double Zero "openly communicates the tendency towards maximum formal simplification," explains Moroso. Double Zero offers a hint of Deco splendor with its shiny polished black or gold chrome finishes.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

6. One Series for Sawaya & Moroni

A more complex arrangement, One Series incorporates lounge seating and desking. The multi-faceted piece acts as a convenient space divider as well. Sleek and purposeful, the piece is ideal for smaller spaces and compact living.

Designer Profile: David Adjaye

7. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, David Adjaye opened his first architecture practice in 1994. He cemented his status as an architect with an artist's vision when he won the competition to design the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, finished in 2016. Incorporating Yoruba crowns, classical Greco-Roman forms, and intricate ironwork, the museum both complements and contrasts its surrounding buildings.

For more information, visit David Adjaye.

Posted July 15, 2018 by Alicita Rodriguez

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