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“Function of design should not be just about whether it is practical or not. Enchantment should also be considered as function.” —Shiro Kuramata
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....READ MORE
Born in Tokyo in 1934, Kuramata grew up during World War II and the American Occupation of Japan. He studied at Tokyo Polytechnic High School and at Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo.
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, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.