Shiro KURAMATA
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In the late 1960s Kuramata realized the possibilities of modern science and technology to become 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.



"Ephemera(Flower Vase)"
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)


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


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


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


Flower Vase #1301 (Violet)
Acrylic
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


Flower Vase #1301 (Pale Pink)
Acrylic
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


Flower Vase #1301 (Blue)
Acrylic
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


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


Flower Vase #1303
Acrylic
W26.9xD8.0xH26.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


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


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


Writting desk
1983
H72.5×W160.0×D47.3cm


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


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