You need dreams, though they aren’t adequate – in this business we can’t usually be a designer, we have to be a business person, a marketer, and a sales person.
I feel a small shaken entering a Goldsworthy’s home, that doubles as Nathans artistic heart and studio. we have good honour for Nathan’s work so I’m on my best behaviour. We are greeted by Nathan, his partner in life and business, Liz, and Liz’s mother, Bev, who has always been concerned with design. They have outrageous smiles and… bubbles, and a best duck sandwiches ever. Nerves gone!
Liz tells us about a stories behind some of a mementos and art around a home. They are really stylish people. we adore a Gavin Hurley painting, Nathan’s possess Monarch list and a George Nelson lights unresolved over a kitchen bench!
Outside is what Nathan has been operative on for Ventura Lambrate. He is going to a 2014 Milan muster with David Moreland and a organisation of especially Australian designers. The muster is about not over conceptualizing furniture. we theory we could contend stripping divided form and duty and celebrating a pieces existence only. Nathan’s pattern is truly overwhelming and a colour implausible though as a muster is in April, you’ll usually have to take my word for it. Nathan was desirous by a documentary film My Architect: A Son’s Journey, a 2003 film about a American engineer Louis Kahn (1901-1974), by his son Nathaniel Kahn, detailing a architect’s extraordinary career and his patrimonial bequest after his genocide in 1974.
Nathan talks to us about his investigate of Industrial Design in Wellington. He wanted to pattern cars and attend a World College of Art, though like so many of us, he got side tracked. The Tio chair, below, helped launch a Goldsworthy code and that was 8 years ago. Nathan tells us Tio is going to have a relaunch shortly with a partnership from Sixhands, a Australian weave company.
He hands around a plain coronet screws used in The Adutant list and jokes about them being good paper weights. They are that indeed though improved in a self-assembled list Nathan was desirous to pattern when he was reading about Napoleon’s campaign into Russia. Napoleon’s Army had to be means to pierce during a moment’s notice though preferred solid, good looking and unsentimental furniture. The plain coronet screws anchor a tabletop to a incited ash legs by a slim hole.
The Kimono sofa was awarded china during a Designers Institute Best Awards 2013. It’s going on my birthday wish list as these are usually a best outside stool, and they smoke-stack divided when we are not regulating them.
All Nathan’s pieces are pleasing and so crafty though there are too many to uncover here. Nathan admits he is a sum captious and given time he says he’d like to “do it all again, though better”. He says “you need dreams, though they aren’t adequate – in this business we can’t usually be a designer, we have to be a business person, a marketer, and a sales person”. He adds “managing your expectations is a hardest thing as infrequently a artistic engineer has to give in, usually a little, to a unsentimental customer”. This is where Liz is an critical partial of a team.
Thanks Nathan for giving us your time and we wish Milan is as wowed by your designs as New Zealand is. Don’t forget to demeanour for Nathans designs on theclever.
Carol Riley, Interior Designer, Auckland.