Shiro KURAMATA


In the late 1960s Kuramata became a global designer known for his innovative works. These include many pieces which use a mix of diverse mediums including acrylic, glass, aluminum, and steel mesh. He was born in Tokyo in 1934. He attended the Tokyo Metropolitan Kogei High School and began work at Teikoku Kuzai in 1953. From 1953 to 1956 he studied at Kuwasawa Design Research Center, Department of Living Design, and in 1957 moved to Mie Prefecture to work in advertising, creating window displays. In 1956 he began his own office, Kuramata Design. In 1967 he gained attention after collaborating with Tadanori Yokoo on an interior design project.

From around this time, he started to use the acrylic that he would favor for the rest of his life, creating transparent, weightless works emulating that cloating space of everyday life. Kuramata gained international recognition with his 1970 series "Furniture in Irregular Forms". He was awarded the Mainichi Design Prize in 1972. In 1981 he participated in an exhibition in Memphis set up by Ettore Sottssas Jr., showing works as part of a new Italian design movement alongside Arata Isozaki and Michael Graves. He was awarded the French Order of Culture in 1990. He suffered from heart failure in 1991 and passed away at the age of 56.


"Shiro Kuramata Cahier"

"Shiro Kuramata Cahier 1"

2020
Silkscreen set of 10
37.5×48.0cm
Edition: 35 (1/35-35/35)
Ed.75 for "68 MISS BLANCHE"
(35 prints in Vol.1, 10 prints in Vol.3-6)

Publisher: Watanuki Ltd.

"Shiro Kuramata Cahier 2"

2020
Silkscreen set of 10
37.5×48.0cm
Edition: 35 (1/35-35/35)
Publisher: Watanuki Ltd.

 


Non-pole I
1979
Offset Lithograph
Image size:74.0x103.4cm
Sheet size: 79.6x109.3cm
Ed.5



Non-pole II
1979
Offset Lithograph
Image size:74.7x103.5cm
Sheet size: 79.1x109.6cm
Ed.5
 

 


Cabinet de Curiosite

1989 (1989-2014)
Acrylic
46.0×46.0×H190.0cm
Ed.40
*Certificate of authenticity by Mrs. Mieko KURAMATA attached.



Ephemera(Flower Vase)
Blue

1989(1989-2019)
Acrylic, aluminum pipe color alumite, glass tube
D 18.0 x H 140.0 cm
Manufacturer: Nichinan Corporation (Original Design Shop SPIRAL)



“Revolving Cabinet”

Designed 1970
(manufactured later)
Metal, acrylic, plastic
W25 x D36 x H190cm


 


How High the Moon

Designed 1986
(manufactured 2020)
Material: steel expanded metal
Finish: satin nickel finish
W955×D825×H695(SH330)mm
*Comes with plate of authenticity of reproduction from Kuramata Design Office


Chair C
(Square Pipe Armchair)

Designed 1982 (manufactured 1983)
Steel with fired Melamine finish, fabric, rubber
H74.9×W52.7×D52.1cm
*Non-commercial design. Only used at Tsukuba Daiichi Hotel (Tsukuba Center Building, Design: ISOZAKI Arata) and the confrence room at Livina Yamagiwa.
SOLD

 



Flower Vase #1301 (Violet)
Acrylic, Aluminum pipe, stained alumite finish, Glass tube
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa



Flower Vase #1301 (Pale pink)
Acrylic, Aluminum pipe, stained alumite finish, Glass tube
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


Flower Vase #1301 (Blue)
Acrylic, Aluminum pipe, stained alumite finish, Glass tube
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa

 


Flower Vase #1302
Acrylic, Glass tube
W11.0xD11.0xH21.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa



Flower Vase #1303
Acrylic, Glass tube

W26.9xD8.0xH26.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


Just in time
Melamine board, twigs, yarn, stainless steel
51.5x36.5xD0.8cm
Sticker on reverse bottom right


Balloon Clock 2081-1

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm


Balloon Clock 2081-2

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm


Balloon Clock 2081-3

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm



Balloon Clock 2081-4

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm

 

 



#1071 Ashtray

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
180x180x38mm


#1072 Ashtray

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
180×180×38mm

 


Wall Clock  #2082-1

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm


Wall Clock  #2082-2

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm


Wall Clock  #2082-3

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm



Wall Clock  #2082-4

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm


Wall Clock  #2082-5

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm


Wall Clock  #2082-6

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm



Wall Clock  #2082-7

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm


Wall Clock  #2082-8

Designed 1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm

 

 


Perfume Bottle No. 3
2008
Body: crystal
Cap: aluminum stained alumite finish
6.8x5.0x5.0cm
Ed.30
Comes with certification (signed by his wife, Mieko KURAMATA)



L'EAU D'ISSEY
2008
Perfume bottle(20mL
7.3x5.2x5.2cm
Box size:10.2x10.2x10.2cm
Ed.1000
SOLD

Glass Chair Miniature
2008
Glass
W15.0xD10.0xH15.0cm

 


Floating Feather (white)
c.a. 2004
Acrylic
14.0×9.5×8.0cm


Floating Feather (yellow)

c.a. 2004
Acrylic
14.0×9.5×8.0cm

 


Sealing of rose
2004
Acryl
H20.0x20.0x6.0cm
Sticker on back
*Sold during "Project Shiro Kuramata "(2004、Issey Miyake)

SOLD

 


Writing desk

1983
H72.5×W160.0×D47.3cm


 



Mirror
1983
H80.0×W50.0×D5.5cm

 


Mirror (black)

1983
H80.0×W50.0×D5.5cm
SOLD

 

 


Chair

1983
H70.0×W69.0×D73.0cm
SOLD

 


 

 

 

 

Posters

In Memoriam Kuramata Shiro Exhibition
Sealing of a dream (Gallery MA) Poster

Photograph: Shinoyama Kishin
Design: Tanaka Ikko
1991
Offset
103.0x73.0cm


LUMINOUS Kuramata Shiro Design Exhibition Poster

Design: Miyazaki Mitsuhiro
Photograph: Tahara Keiichi
Art direction: Yagi Tamotsu
1996
Offset
103.0x73.0cm


Shiro Kuramata Design, Design. (MAK) Poster

1999
Offset
84.5x59.0cm

10th Japan Pediatric Inerventional Cardiology Research Meeting

1999
Offset
(Large)59.5x42.0cm
(Small)42.0x29.5cm


Kuramata Shiro's World (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)
Sealing of Rose Poster

1999
Offset
36.3x51.5cm


UTSU Issey Miyake, Miyawaki Aiko, Kuramata Shiro, Isozaki Arata
(Skeppsholmen Stockholm) Poster

2000
Offset
100.0x70.0cm

Kuramata Shiro and Ettore Sottsass Exhibition
Dreamed Designs of Dreamers Poster

2011
Offset
(Large)103.0x72.8cm


Floating Designs with Kuramata Shiro
(Museum of Modern Art, Saitama) Poster

2013
Offset
72.7x51.4cm


World of Kuramata Shiro (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art) Poster

Design: YOKOO Tadanori
1996
Offset print
103.2x73.0cm

 


 Exhibitions
2018
304th Gallery exhibition: Kuramata Shiro  objets and posters , Oct 9-Oct 31, 2018


295th Gallery exhibition: Arata ISOZAKI × Shiro KURAMATA: In the ruins , Jan 9-Jan 27, 2018

 

2009
180th Gallery exhibition: Arata ISOZAKI Book Archives I - TSUKUBA 1983 , Oct 27-Nov 3, 2009



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