This Candy-Colored Apartment in Tokyo Looks Good Enough to Eat

Pastel hues, graphic patterns, and material contrasts in Adam Nathaniel Furman’s Nagatcho home make for an instant sugar high.

The rosy, dull pink of the kitchen cabinets bleeds into the living room but is starkly contrasted with the striped green-and-yellow floor and blue backsplash in the kitchen and furniture in the living room.

In Tokyo’s busy Nagatcho district, designer and artist Adam Nathaniel Furman completed the interior fit-out and design of a 160-square-meter (roughly 1,700-square-foot) apartment full of harmonic contrasts that emphasize the visual and sensual experience.

Walls in the corridor are lined with pink wainscotting, while the white upper portion provides a moment of visual relief and balance. A vibrant yellow at the end of the corridor draws the eye down the hallway.

Walls in the corridor are lined with pink wainscotting, while the white upper portion provides a moment of visual relief and balance. A vibrant yellow at the end of the corridor draws the eye down the hallway.

Jan Vranovsky

The apartment is laid out so that color and contrast are everywhere: a narrow corridor leads to the individual bedrooms, while the communal spaces of the kitchen, dining, and living rooms are open to each other but distinguished by different color and material palettes. The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, each treated with a distinct color story that picks up on tones and hues found elsewhere in the house, creating a sense of continuity and unity.

Painted arches in contrasting colors are found throughout the apartment; the arched motif is repeated in wood in the kitchen.

Painted arches in contrasting colors are found throughout the apartment; the arched motif is repeated in wood in the kitchen.

Adam Nathaniel Furman

In each space, natural and artificial materials abut one another, creating an aesthetic tension in the material textures and production techniques. Cabinetry whose wood details were handmade by skilled carpenters are combined with marquetry doors cut using a laser cutter; handwoven carpeting lies next to vinyl flooring; nylon fixtures sit next to handcrafted porcelain hardware and handles. 

The rosy, dull pink of the kitchen cabinets bleeds into the living room but is starkly contrasted with the striped green-and-yellow floor and blue backsplash in the kitchen and furniture in the living room.

The rosy, dull pink of the kitchen cabinets bleeds into the living room but is starkly contrasted with the striped green-and-yellow floor and blue backsplash in the kitchen and furniture in the living room.

Jan Vranovsky

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