Shiro Kuramata, ‘Furniture with Drawers Armchair’, designed 1967, Friedman Benda
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Shiro Kuramata

Furniture with Drawers Armchair, designed 1967

Oak, oak-veneered wood, acrylic, steel, aluminium, fabric
29 1/2 × 36 1/4 × 30 1/4 in
74.9 × 92.1 × 76.8 cm
On hold
Location
New York
About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Friedman Benda
New York

This was Kuramata's first furniture design to appear in a magazine (MOBILIA, issue 149) and the …

Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Manufacturer
Aoshima Shoten Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Shiro Kuramata
Japanese, 1934–1991
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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.

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About the work
Exhibition history
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Friedman Benda
New York

This was Kuramata's first furniture design to appear in a magazine (MOBILIA, issue 149) and the first of many designs to feature his ubiquitous drawers. In this design, Kuramata used sets of drawers to form the chair's arm and base. The idea of unifying different functions into one object may have stemmed from …

Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Manufacturer
Aoshima Shoten Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Shiro Kuramata
Japanese, 1934–1991
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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.

Shiro Kuramata

Furniture with Drawers Armchair, designed 1967

Oak, oak-veneered wood, acrylic, steel, aluminium, fabric
29 1/2 × 36 1/4 × 30 1/4 in
74.9 × 92.1 × 76.8 cm
On hold
Location
New York
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