Shiro Kuramata, ‘"Acrylic" Stool’, Sotheby's: Important Design
Shiro Kuramata, ‘"Acrylic" Stool’, Sotheby's: Important Design

Designed 1990.

This lot is being sold with a certificate of authenticity by Mieko Kuramata.

Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, exh. cat., Tokyo, 1996, p. 74, no. 29, p. 196, no. 4
Jean-Louis Gaillemin, ed., Design Contre Design: Deux siècles de créations, exh. cat., Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais, Paris, 2007, p. 288
Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Essays & Writings, London, 2013, p. 107
Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Catalogue of Works, London, 2013, p. 379, no. 611, p. 380, fig. 612

Friedman Benda, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata playfully stretched and skewed tropes of Western design, while combining them with traditional Japanese aesthetics, to produce items of furniture that are surreal, humorous, and often poetic. Kuramata’s Miss Blanche chair (1988), a transparent resin chair flecked with synthetic roses, creates the appearance of a sitter floating on a cloud of blooms. In a design for two chests of drawers, Furniture in Irregular Forms (1970), the stark black-and-white lacquered finish is a nod to the severity of modern furniture, while the undulating shapes capture a more lighthearted attitude. The whimsical spirit of Kuramata’s designs is typical of postmodernism. Kuramata became closely associated with this style in 1981 when he joined Ettore Sottsass’s Memphis Group, an Italian collective that included designers such as Michele de Lucchi, Andrea Branzi, and Nathalie du Pasquier.

Japanese, 1934-1991, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan