Into Outer Space with Kuramata

On 12 May 2021, by Caroline Legrand

this Solaris cabinet with an airy base again proves that lightness was one of the Japanese designer's watchwords.

Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991), Solaris storage unit, wood, steel and metal, ed. Cappellini, 1985, 153.5 x 140 x 82 cm/60.44 x 55.12 x 32.29 in.
Estimate: €5,000/7,000

One of 20th-century design’s leading figures, Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991) had a very personal style combining Japanese tradition with Western innovation, baroque shapes with lightness. This 28-drawer cabinet perched on four cylindrical aluminum legs, which look improbably high, is a perfect example. The disproportion between the two elements results in an unexpected aerial dynamic.

For Kuramata, creation was inseparable from his childhood. "As a child,” he said, “I was very drawn to the nooks and crannies where I could bury my imaginary treasures. This has always pursued me!" Solaris is also a reference to science fiction: it is the name of the weird planet in Stanislaw Lem's novel that Andrei Tarkovsky brought to the screen in 1972. Solaris represents a whole universe and a different era!

In 1965 Kuramata opened a design office in Tokyo; his creations were quickly exported. In the 1980s he worked with Ettore Sottsass's Memphis Group before deciding eight years later to settle in Paris. Kuramata designed for stores and homes around the world. His works are sought after by furniture manufacturers from Vitra to Driade, XO and Cappellini. Today, these works can be found in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and MoMA in New York.

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