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Shiro Kuramata

NIKKO cabinet, 1982

Lacquered wood, lacquered steel
70 × 22 1/4 × 22 1/4 in
177.8 × 56.5 × 56.5 cm
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Memphis

Memphis

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Signed with applied manufacturer's label to reverse: [Memphis Made in Italy Milano Shiro Kuramata 1982 No. 2].
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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Signed with applied manufacturer's label to reverse: [Memphis Made in Italy Milano Shiro Kuramata 1982 No. 2].
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

NIKKO cabinet, 1982

Lacquered wood, lacquered steel
70 × 22 1/4 × 22 1/4 in
177.8 × 56.5 × 56.5 cm
Bidding closed
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