Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991
Ettore Sottsass, `Una Mostra dedicate a Shiro Kuramata,' Domus, December, 1996, p. 56
Michiko Aikawa (ed.), Shiro Kuramata, exhibition catalogue, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1996, cat. no. 1, pp. 26-27, 39-40, 48, and p. 189, fig. 8
Alexander von Vegesack, Peter Dunas, and Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, (eds). 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum, exhibition catalogue, Weil am Rhein, 1996, pp. 204-205, cat. no. 87
Alberto Bassi, `Shiro Kuramata: Il Design Transparente,' Casabella, July/August, 1999, p. 17
Charlotte and Peter Fiell, 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 2000, p. 599
Shiro Kuramata, Tokyo, 2000, fig. 1
George H. Marcus, Masters of Modern Design: A Critical Assessment, New York, 2005, p. 155
Jean Louis Gaillemin, Design Contre Design, exhibition catalogue, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Anvers, 2007, pp. 301, 353
Shiro Kuramata's chair pays homage to the dreamlike world of illusion inhabited by Blanche Dubois, the complex character at the heart of Tennessee Williams' play `A Streetcar Names Desire'.
Designed in 1988, it was first produced the following year under sponsorship from the Kokuyo Company. Subsequent chairs were executed by Ishimaru Company Ltd and retailed through the Kuramata Design Office. The final chair was manufactured in 1998, the 56th in the series, honouring the artist's age when he died.
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Kuramata Design Office signed by the artist's wife, Mieko Kuramata.