Furniture Designed by
Julie Humphryes & David Archer

Commissioned and Crafted by
Fratelli Boffi

After Adam anthologizes the furniture & interior collections of Archer Humphryes, the celebrated architectural practice led by David Archer and Julie Humphryes

Salone Del Mobile 2014

The collection pays homage to the 18th century Scottish architect and designer Robert Adam and is characterised by classically influenced, sculptural forms with a modern twist. It was inspired by a field trip that the architects made to Diocletian's Palace in Croatia, a historic complex that formed part of Adam’s Grand Tour in 1780. The entire collection for Fratelli Boffi, was launched at the Salone Milano in 2014.

After Adam, the furniture collection created by Julie Humphryes & David Archer, .

After Adam embodies long traditions of woodcarving, polishing, lacquering and marquetry, and applies them in a modern form with current technology to captivate a new audience. Each piece is immersed in historical references, creating striking, standalone designs for homes, hotels or restaurants.

The collection’s concept is the reinterpretation of the symbols and motifs of Adam’s work. To these, Archer Humphryes has added a careful touch of modern-day engineering, drawing on Fratelli Boffi’s artisan experience to create modules of elegant simplicity.

The result is an eccentric collection that is steeped in heritage but at the same time combines functionality and modern day comfort. A materials palette of woods, brass, bronze, silver, glass, and leather is coordinated with fluid contours and curvaceousness with the help of sophisticated details derived from the ébéniste tradition of cabinet making.

The majestic Four Tetrarchs table is the epitome of the entire collection. Measuring 3.5m in length, this elegantly combines rigorous classical proportions with charming decoration that strikes just the right balance between sobriety and excess. Yet at the same time it is ironic, joining the past and present through the use of unusual and playful contours.

Great Northern Hotel

Archer Humphryes’ heroine for the project was the glamorous Lady Violet, a famous resident from its glory days. In GNH, the black of the Italian marble bar counter follows the curvaceous crescent form of the building. This is combined with a chequered marble floor, red velvet and black leather upholstery, and walnut palette as a reference to the original teak passenger locomotives. A mirrored ceiling emphasises crystal chandeliers reminiscent of Belle Époque interiors. Furniture was designed by the architects to provide a mixture of comfort and drama.

Plum & Spilt Milk

Plumb and Spilt Milk sits at the 1st Floor level of the Great Northern Hotel commanding 270 degree views across Gilbert’s Scott’s 19C masterpiece. This remarkable space has been laid out with continuously curving leather upholstered banquette seating which provides the room with a sense of movement and allows diners to select views and aspect around the room according to the time of day and mood. The furniture has been painstakingly detailed in to provide a sense of luxury and comfort while presenting modern lines and creating a unique character sitting comfortably within the proportions of the 19th Century dining room while appealing to the style and aspirations of the hotel guests.

Contact

Our studio gallery displays a small number of pieces from our collections and throughout the year we hold viewing events for buyers and specifiers. To attend an event please contact info@archerhumphryes.com