- 'Miss Blanche' Chair, designed 1988, executed 1989
- from the edition of 56
- acrylic, artificial flowers, anodised aluminium
- 92 H x 63 W x 61 D cm. (36 1/4 x 24 3/4 x 24 in.)
acrylic, artificial roses, anodised aluminium
Private Collection, France, 1989
Acquired from the above by the present owner
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The technicalities involved in the production of ‘Miss Blanche’ were complex: the design required that each artificial rose be held in place for extended periods of time until the resin had hardened sufficiently. Experiments with natural roses were conducted, but the flowers would burn up in the acrylic resin, prompting a serendipitous moment when Kuramata decided ‘...it has to be fake [materials] because Blanche Dubois is a fake.’
Reflecting the age at the time of his death in 1991, only 56 models of ‘Miss Blanche’ were produced. Versions of the chair are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Vitra Design Museum.