Shiro Kuramata, ‘Shiro Kuramata’, 1989, Caviar20
Shiro Kuramata, ‘Shiro Kuramata’, 1989, Caviar20
Shiro Kuramata, ‘Shiro Kuramata’, 1989, Caviar20

Shiro Kuramata is one of the 20th century's most revered and distinctive designers.

While he was affiliated with Memphis Milano, exhibiting in several of their exhibitions, he is quite singular in his aesthetic and his contribution to 20th century design.

Kuramata experimented with acrylic in the late 1960's but would return to it at the end of the 1980's.

His acrylic and glass vases were first exhibited at Galerie Yves Gastou in Paris, 1989.

While these are later works in his illustrious and lengthy career, they are some of the most important and iconic pieces he created.

"Flower Vase #2" is a fantastic piece from Kuramata's oeuvre and instantly recognizable by Design aficionados.

It is arguably his most recognizable vase - with its asymmetrical tube suspended in phantom bubble-gum pink acrylic.

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

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