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  • Literature

    Arata Isozaki and Ettore Sottsass, Shiro Kuramata 1967-1987, Tokyo, 1988, p. 94
    Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, exh. cat., Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1996, p. 175, fig. 6, p. 174, figs. 2-3
    Shiro Kuramata and Ettore Sottsass, exh. cat., 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, 2011, pp. 194, 210
    Gert Staal and Anne ven der Zwaag, Pastoe 100 years of design innovation, Rotterdam, 2013, p. 219
    Deyan Sudjic, Shiro Kuramata: Catalogue of Works, London, 2013, p. 335, fig. 414

  • Artist Biography

    Shiro Kuramata

    Japanese • 1934 - 1991

    Shiro Kuramata is widely admired for his ability to free his designs from gravity and use materials in ways that defied convention. After a restless childhood, his ideas of being an illustrator having been discouraged, Kuramata discovered design during his time at the Teikoku Kizai Furniture Factory in Arakawa-ku in 1954. The next year he started formal training at the Department of Interior Design at the Kuwasawa Design Institute. His early work centered on commercial interiors and window displays. In 1965, at the age of 31, he opened his own firm: Kuramata Design Office.

    Throughout his career he found inspiration in many places, including the work of Italian designers (particularly those embodying the Memphis style) and American conceptual artists like Donald Judd, and combined such inspirations with his own ingenuity and creativity. His dynamic use of materials, particularly those that were transparent, combination of surfaces and awareness of the potential of light in design led him to create objects that stretched structural boundaries and were also visually captivating. These qualities are embodied in his famous Glass Chair (1976).

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Set of six 'Apple Honey' chairs

circa 1985
Chromium-plated tubular metal, painted metal, leather.
Each: 48.1 x 71.5 x 53 cm (18 7/8 x 28 1/8 x 20 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by UMS Pastoe, Japan and the Netherlands. Underside of four chairs with manufacturer's plastic label PASTOE/MADE IN HOLLAND.

Estimate
£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £12,500

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Design Day Sale

London Auction 28 April 2016