October 19, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

From October 19, 2013 until January 12, 2014 the work of Shiro Kuramata is shown at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery. Shiro Kuramata (1934 – 1991), one of the most important Japanese designers of the twentieth century, combined the traditional aesthetic of his native culture with the western design principles of Postmodernism. His works are made of industrial materials such as expanded metal mesh, glass and acrylic, bear poetic names like How High the Moon and Miss Blanche and seem to defy gravity. In the early 1980s, Kuramata became a member of the Memphis movement, later referring to its founder Ettore Sottsass as his “maestro”. He also worked closely with the fashion designer Issey Miyake. The exhibition presents select furniture and objects by Kuratamata, complemented by his at times surreal-seeming design sketches and photographs of his interiors. Exhibition designed by David Saik.


Shiro Kuramata

Miss Blanche, 1988

Acrylic, artificial roses, aluminum pipe, stained alumite finished
36.22 x 24.41 x 23.62 inches
92 x 62 x 60 cm
Edition of 56
(Miss Blanche)

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