Shiro Kuramata, 1931 - 1994

''Kuramata showed us that a chair is not just an object
to sit on but a way to dream and defy gravity...''

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"Shiro Kuramata's designs reflect the confidence and creativity of postwar japan, retaining a strong identity based on traditional japanese aesthetics while breaking new ground through the use of innovative materials. he combined the japanese concept of the unity of the arts with his fascination with contemporary western culture, inventing a new design vocabulary: : the ephemeral, the sensation of floating and release from gravity, transparency and the construction of light. kuramata reassessed the relationship between form and function, imposing his own vision of the surreal and of minimalist ideals on everyday objects."

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"Kuramata combined the Japanese concept of the unity of the arts with fascination with contemporary Western culture, both high and low. He delighted in the mischievous dislocations of
Marcel Duchamp’s readymades; in the Minimalist sculptures of Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, with their geometrical repetitions and incorporation of light; and in furniture designer Ettore Sottsass’s playful spirit and love of bright color.

He joined Sottssass’s collective, the design group Memphis, based in Milan, at its founding in 1981 and considered the Italian designer to be his “maestro.”

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