SHIRO KURAMATA
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Feather Stool, 1990
Acrylic, aluminum and feathers
21.26 x 12.99 x 12.99 inches
54 x 33 x 33 cm
Edition of  40

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Born in Tokyo in 1934, Kuramata grew up during World War II and the American Occupation of Japan.  In 1953 he graduated from Tokyo polytechnic high school, where he studied woodcraft and went to work for a furniture company.  Soon afterwards he enrolled at the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo.


Kuramata's approach to the composition of furniture and interiors revolutionized design in postwar Japan.  Kuramata reassessed the relationship between form and function, imposing his own vision of surreal and minimalist ideals on everyday objects.


During the 1970s and 80s, Kuramata, alert to the numerous possibilities of new technologies and industrial materials, turned to acrylic, glass, aluminum, and steel mesh to create objects that appear to break free of gravity into airy realms of transparency and lightness. He was inspired by Ettore Sottsass's playful spirit and love of bright color and joined Sottsass's collective, the design group 'Memphis,' at its founding in 1981.


Kuramata’s furniture and interiors have been influential both in his native country and abroad; his works can be found in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Vitra Design Museum, Basel, Switzerland; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

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May 4 - June 10, 2017
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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Curated by Glenn Adamson
January 10 - February 11, 2017
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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The Art of Collecting
Cultured
February 2015
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The Singular Designs of Shiro Kuramata
Modern Magazine
Spring 2015
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How Shiro Kuramata was inspired by Kubrick's 2001
Phaidon,
December 2013
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'Floating Design: Shiro Kuramata and His Contemporaries'
The Japan Times,
July 3, 2013
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How designer Shiro Kuramata helped change views of Japan
Financial Times,
June 21, 2013
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'Shiro Kuramata' by Dean Sudjic
The New York Times,
June 19, 2013
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Design Museum in Ghent exhibits works by revolutionary Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata
Art Daily,
December 25, 2012
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Everything Is Illuminated
Wall Street Journal
April 27, 2012
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Postmodernism: The V&A
The Telegraph
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An Artist's Legacy
Clear,
Vol. VIII, Issue 2, 2009
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Rising in the East
The Art Newspaper,
December, 2008
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Légères?
Le Gazette de L'Hotel Drouot,
December, 2007