Details & Cataloguing

Design: Living in a Material World


Shiro Kuramata
number 31 from an edition of 40
acrylic, feathers, aluminum stained alumite finish
53.6 x 33.1 x 40.5 cm (21 1/8  x 13 x 15 3/4  in.)
designed 1990
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Friedman Benda, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2014


Makoto Uyeda, ed., Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, exh. cat., Tokyo, 1996, p. 74, no. 29, p. 196, no. 4
Jean-Louis Gaillemin, ed., Design Contre Design: Deux siècles de créations, exh. cat., Paris, 2007, p. 288 
Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Essays & Writings, London, 2013, p. 107
Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Catalogue of Works, London, 2013, p. 379, no. 611, p. 380, fig. 612

Catalogue Note

Born in Japan in 1931, Shiro Kuramata founded the Kuramata Design office in Tokyo in 1965. Working closely with the Memphis group movement and designing vitrines for Issey Miyake in Paris, New York and Tokyo, he is considered one of the greatest design references of the 20th century. As Ettore Sottsass writes himself, his pieces are in “a permanent state of suspense”, describing the artist`s talent for choreographing motion and dreamy weightlessness into unique and very poetic compositions. Exhibited in MoMA, his work is imbued with a singular perspective of the West`s century old fascination for Japanese Decorative Arts. He was given the Knighthood of Arts and Literature in France in 1990. Creations such as Glass chair of 1968 and Miss Blanche of 1988, make use of acrylic and glass to their most noble and absolute extent in terms of structure, lighting and colour, all in the artist`s light minimalist language.  

Four feathers are caught mid-air and submerged in this stool`s sharp acrylic volume with a pink aluminite cylinder as back rest.

Design: Living in a Material World