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Shiro Kuramata

Plastic Wagon, 1968

Transparent plastic, ball casters
27 3/5 × 14 4/5 × 26 4/5 in
70 × 37.6 × 68 cm
Edition 1/50
This is part of a limited edition set.
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location
Minato-ku, Fukuoka, New York
About the work
Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Signature
With certificate of authenticity by Kuramata Design Office, signed by Mieko Kuramata
Manufacturer
Ishimaru, Tokyo, Japan
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photo by : Takumi Ota
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
Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Signature
With certificate of authenticity by Kuramata Design Office, signed by Mieko Kuramata
Manufacturer
Ishimaru, Tokyo, Japan
Image rights
photo by : Takumi Ota
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

Plastic Wagon, 1968

Transparent plastic, ball casters
27 3/5 × 14 4/5 × 26 4/5 in
70 × 37.6 × 68 cm
Edition 1/50
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
location
Minato-ku, Fukuoka, New York
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