Shiro Kuramata for Cappellini Italia Revolving Cabinet
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Shiro Kuramata is one of my favorite designers and I'm so glad to be able to offer a few pieces ...
more Shiro Kuramata is one of my favorite designers and I'm so glad to be able to offer a few pieces from my collection with you, my dear Chairish friends.
This is his iconic Revolving Chest for Cappellini. A Chest of drawers with 20 drawers in red polish acrylic material, revolving around a vertical metal support.
Along with fashion designer and friend Issey Miyake, architects Arata Isozaki and Tadao Ando, and film-maker Akira Kurosawa, Kuramata belonged to the remarkable generation of talented young Japanese who transformed the way that Japan was viewed by the world. All of them were born just before the outbreak of the second world war and grew up under the grip of an authoritarian militarist dictatorship that demanded obedience and conformity.
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. less
- 14.0ʺW × 10.0ʺD × 73.0ʺH
- Shiro Kuramata
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