Shiro KURAMATA


In the late 1960s Kuramata became a global designer known for his innovative works. These include many pieces which use a mix of diverse mediums including acrylic, glass, aluminum, and steel mesh. He was born in Tokyo in 1934. He attended the Tokyo Metropolitan Kogei High School and began work at Teikoku Kuzai in 1953. From 1953 to 1956 he studied at Kuwasawa Design Research Center, Department of Living Design, and in 1957 moved to Mie Prefecture to work in advertising, creating window displays. In 1956 he began his own office, Kuramata Design. In 1967 he gained attention after collaborating with Tadanori Yokoo on an interior design project.

From around this time, he started to use the acrylic that he would favor for the rest of his life, creating transparent, weightless works emulating that cloating space of everyday life. Kuramata gained international recognition with his 1970 series "Furniture in Irregular Forms". He was awarded the Mainichi Design Prize in 1972. In 1981 he participated in an exhibition in Memphis set up by Ettore Sottssas Jr., showing works as part of a new Italian design movement alongside Arata Isozaki and Michael Graves. He was awarded the French Order of Culture in 1990. He suffered from heart failure in 1991 and passed away at the age of 56.


"Shiro Kuramata Cahier"

"Shiro Kuramata Cahier 1"

2020
Silkscreen set of 10
37.5×48.0cm
Edition: 35 (1/35-35/35)
Ed.75 for "68 MISS BLANCHE"
(35 prints in Vol.1, 10 prints in Vol.3-6)

Publisher: Watanuki Ltd.

"Shiro Kuramata Cahier 2"

2020
Silkscreen set of 10
37.5×48.0cm
Edition: 35 (1/35-35/35)
Publisher: Watanuki Ltd.

 


"Non-pole I"

1979
Offset Lithograph
Image size:74.0x103.4cm
Sheet size: 79.6x109.3cm
Ed.5
SOLD


"Non-pole II"

1979
Offset Lithograph
Image size:74.7x103.5cm
Sheet size: 79.1x109.6cm
Ed.5

 

 


"Sofa With Arms Black Edition" (Yellow)

1982
(manufactured 2019)
Metal, fabric
W62.0×D92.0×H65.5cm (SH38.0cm)
Ed.33
*Serial numbered plate by Cappellini is attached on the rear of the seat


"Sofa With Arms Black Edition" (Red)

1982
(manufactured 2019)
Metal, fabric
W62.0×D92.0×H65.5cm (SH38.0cm)
Ed.33
*Serial numbered plate by Cappellini is attached on the rear of the seat


"How High the Moon"

1986
(manufactured 2020)
Material: steel expanded metal
Finish: satin nickel finish
W95.5×D82.5×H69.5cm (SH33.0cm)
*Comes with plate of authenticity of reproduction from Kuramata Design Office



"Cabinet de Curiosite"

1989 (manufactured 1989-2014)
Acrylic
46.0×46.0×H190.0cm
Ed.40
*Certificate of authenticity by Mrs. Mieko KURAMATA attached.



"Imperial" (Black)

1981
Cabinet (lacquered wood)
W35.0×D40.0×H150.0cm
*Memphis Milano plate attached


"Revolving Cabinet"

1970
(manufactured later)
Metal, acrylic, plastic
W25.0×D36.0×xH190.0cm


 


"Flower Vase #1301 (Violet)"

1989 (manufactured later)
Acrylic, Aluminum pipe, stained alumite finish, Glass tube
W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa



"Flower Vase #1301 (Pale pink)"

1989 (manufactured later)
Acrylic, Aluminum pipe, stained alumite finish, Glass tube

W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa


"Flower Vase #1301 (Blue)"

1989 (manufactured later)
Acrylic, Aluminum pipe, stained alumite finish, Glass tube

W8.0xD8.0xH22.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa

 


"Flower Vase #1302"

1989 (manufactured later)
Acrylic, Glass tube
W11.0xD11.0xH21.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa



"Flower Vase #1303"

1989 (manufactured later)
Acrylic, Glass tube

W26.9xD8.0xH26.0cm
photo by Sakurai Tadahisa

 

 


"Floating Feather (white)"
c.2004
Acrylic
14.0×9.5×8.0cm


"Floating Feather (yellow)"

c.2004
Acrylic
14.0×9.5×8.0cm

 


"Perfume Bottle No.3"
2008
Body: crystal
Cap: aluminum stained alumite finish
6.8x5.0x5.0cm
Ed.30
Comes with certification (signed by his wife, Mieko KURAMATA)



"Balloon Clock 2081-1"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm


"Balloon Clock 2081-2"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm


"Balloon Clock 2081-3"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm



"Balloon Clock 2081-4"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Case/acrylic, face/acrylic, needle/stainless steel and paint
φ28×H8cm


"Wall Clock #2082-1"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm

 


"Wall Clock #2082-2"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm

 



"Wall Clock #2082-3"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm



"Wall Clock #2082-4"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm



"Wall Clock #2082-5"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm



"Wall Clock #2082-6"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm

 


"Wall Clock #2082-7"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm



"Wall Clock #2082-8"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
Φ170×D70mm

 



"#1071 Ashtray"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
180x180x38mm


"#1072 Ashtray"

1981 (manufactured 2020)
Aluminum
180×180×38mm


"Mirror"

1983
H80.0×W50.0×D5.5cm

 


"Mirror (black)"

1983
H80.0×W50.0×D5.5cm
SOLD


 



"Writing desk"

1983
H72.5×W160.0×D47.3cm
SOLD

 


"Chair"

1983
H70.0×W69.0×D73.0cm
SOLD

 

 


"Chair C
(Square Pipe Armchair)"

1982 (manufactured 1983)
Steel with fired Melamine finish, fabric, rubber
H74.9×W52.7×D52.1cm
*Non-commercial design. Only used at Tsukuba Daiichi Hotel (Tsukuba Center Building, Design: ISOZAKI Arata) and the confrence room at Livina Yamagiwa.
SOLD

 



"Sealing of rose"
2004
Acryl
H20.0x20.0x6.0cm
Sticker on back
*Sold during "Project Shiro Kuramata "(2004, Issey Miyake)

SOLD


"L'EAU D'ISSEY"
2008
Perfume bottle(20mL
7.3x5.2x5.2cm
Box size:10.2x10.2x10.2cm
Ed.1000
SOLD

 


"Just in time"
Melamine board, twigs, yarn, stainless steel
51.5x36.5xD0.8cm
Sticker on reverse bottom right
SOLD


 



"Ephemera (Flower Vase)
Blue"

1989 (manufactured 1989-2019)
Acrylic, aluminum pipe color alumite, glass tube
D18.0×H140.0cm

photo by Yoshikazu Ezaki
SOLD


"Glass Chair Miniature"
2008
Glass
W15.0xD10.0xH15.0cm
SOLD

 

Posters

"In Memoriam Kuramata Shiro Exhibition
Sealing of a dream (Gallery MA) Poster"

Photograph: Shinoyama Kishin
Design: Tanaka Ikko
1991
Offset
103.0x73.0cm


"LUMINOUS Kuramata Shiro Design Exhibition Poster"

Design: Miyazaki Mitsuhiro
Photograph: Tahara Keiichi
Art direction: Yagi Tamotsu
1996
Offset
103.0x73.0cm


"Shiro Kuramata Design, Design. (MAK) Poster"

1999
Offset
84.5x59.0cm

"10th Japan Pediatric Inerventional Cardiology Research Meeting"

1999
Offset
(Large)59.5x42.0cm
(Small)42.0x29.5cm


"Kuramata Shiro's World (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)"
Sealing of Rose Poster

1999
Offset
36.3x51.5cm


"UTSU Issey Miyake, Miyawaki Aiko, Kuramata Shiro, Isozaki Arata
(Skeppsholmen Stockholm) Poster"

2000
Offset
100.0x70.0cm

"Kuramata Shiro and Ettore Sottsass Exhibition
Dreamed Designs of Dreamers Poster"

2011
Offset
(Large)103.0x72.8cm


"Floating Designs with Kuramata Shiro
(Museum of Modern Art, Saitama) Poster"

2013
Offset
72.7x51.4cm


"World of Kuramata Shiro (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art) Poster"

Design: YOKOO Tadanori
1996
Offset print
103.2x73.0cm

 

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 Exhibitions
2021
Bunkamura Gallery
30 Years Post-Mortem Kuramata Shiro Exhibition    8/12 - 8/22

Exhibition view movie


ART FAIR TOKYO 2021    3/18 - 3/21


2020
Gallery Seiho
Shiro Kuramata Cahier Publication Commemorative Exhibition    11/16 - 11/28

Shiro Kuramata Cahier Publication Commemorative Movie


2018
No.304)    Kuramata Shiro objets and posters    10/9 - 10/31


No.295)    Arata ISOZAKI × Shiro KURAMATA: In the ruins    1/9 - 1/27

 

2009
No.180)    Arata ISOZAKI Book Archives I - TSUKUBA 1983    10/27 - 11/3