Shiro Kuramata, ‘"Miss Blanche" Chair’, Sotheby's: Important Design
Shiro Kuramata, ‘"Miss Blanche" Chair’, Sotheby's: Important Design

Designed 1988.

Matthias Dietz, Japan Design, Cologne, 1992, pp. 74-75
Makoto Uyeda, ed., Shiro Kuramata: 1934-1991, exh. cat., Tokyo, 1996, pp. 26-27, 39-40, no.1, p. 48, 187, no. 8, p. 192, no. 4
Alexander von Vegesack, et al., 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection, exh. cat., Weil am Rhein, 1996, cover, pp. 179, 204-205
Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, exh. cat., Tokyo, 1996, pp. 39-40, no. 1, p. 187, no. 8
Domus, no. 788, December 1996, p. 56
Charlotte & Peter Fiell, eds, 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 2000, p. 599
Jean-Louis Gaillemin, ed., Design Contre Design: Deux siècles de créations, exh, cat., Paris, 2007, p. 301
Shiro Kuramata and Ettore Sottsass, exh. cat., Tokyo, 2010, p. 68 (for a drawing), pp. 69, 208, 211, no. 27
Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Essays and Writings, London, 2013, pp. 77, 104-105
Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Catalogue of Works, London, 2013, p. 362, no. 541

Kuramata Design Office, Tokyo
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