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Masanori Umeda Furniture

Japanese, b. 1941

From his cheerful Getsuen Lily chair to his provocative Ginza robot cabinet, Masanori Umeda’s furniture designs are often described by critics and collectors alike as poetic, ironic and full of whimsy. 

Umeda was born in 1941 in Kanagawa, graduating from Tokyo’s Kuwasawa Design School in 1962. In 1967, he moved to Milan, Italy, where he began his design career working in the studio of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. From 1970 to 1979, Umeda was a design consultant for the Olivetti studio, and there he met prolific furniture designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, who founded the Memphis Group, Italy's boldest, brashest postmodern design movement.

In the early 1980s, Umeda joined Memphis, creating his most famous piece, the Tawayara boxing ring seating unit in 1981. Comprising a monochrome, Tatami matte floor, tie-dyed cushions, bungee-style ropes and flexible lighting at each of the four corners, the Tawayara was Umeda’s homage to space-constrained Japanese living areas. It remains one of Umeda’s rarest pieces (only 30 were ever made). Fashion designer and icon Karl Lagerfeld once owned a Tawayara boxing ring that featured prominently in his Monaco apartment.

In 1986, Umeda returned to Japan and opened his U-MetaDesign Studio (now Umeda Design Studio Inc.) in Tokyo, garnering accolades for his uniquely lighthearted collection of armchairs, lounge chairs, table lamps and decorative objects.

Over the course of his career, Umeda has won several awards, including the BraunPrize in 1968, the Grand Prix of Japan Display Design Award in 1981, the Japan Commercial Space Design Award in 1984 and the Grand Prix of Good Design Award in 1990.

Umeda continues to design furnishings that embody the spirit of postmodernism, enjoying collaborations with Memphis Milano and Italian furniture manufacturer Edra. His pieces have been exhibited internationally and are held in the collections of museums around the world, including the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, which acquired more than 180 of his works in 2015. 

On 1stDibs, find a range of vintage Masanori Umeda seating, lighting and serveware.

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Creator: Masanori Umeda
Round plant pot by Masanori Umeda for Marutomi Lacquerware 2002
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Venezia, VENETO
This round plant pot was designed by Masanori Umeda and manufactured in collaboration with Marutomi Lacquerware. Potted flowers and foliage plants can be placed in it as a containe...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Plastic

Square plant pot by Masanori Umeda for Marutomi Lacquerware 2002
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Venezia, VENETO
This plant pot was designed by Masanori Umeda and manufactured in collaboration with Marutomi Lacquerware. Potted flowers and foliage plants can be placed in it as a container for ...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Plastic

Lamp 'Be Andon' by Masanori Umeda for Yamakiwa 1996
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Venezia, VENETO
This lamp was designed by Masunori Umeda and manufactured by Yamagiwa Edition in 1996. It is the model n°S2476 from the ‘Be-Andon’ collection with original box and label. Dimensions:...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Steel

Lamp 'Be Andon' by Masanori Umeda for Yamakiwa 1996
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Venezia, VENETO
This lamp was designed by Masunori Umeda and manufactured by Yamagiwa Edition in 1996. It is the model n°S2473 from the ‘Be-Andon’ collection with original box and label. Dimensions:...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Steel

Prototype Chair by Masanori Umeda, 1980s
By Masanori Umeda
Located in București, B
Prototype chair designed by Masanori Umeda in the 1980s. It's made of a metal structure, polyurethane foam and wood accents.
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Metal

Ombra-A Flower Vase by Masanori Umeda for Marutomi
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Nagoya-Shi, 23
OMBRA-A Flower Vase by Masanori Umeda for Marutomi. Marutomi is the lead company of "shikki" located in Sabae-Fukui, Japan. "Shikki" is a product made from "urushi" lacker which has a long history of more than 1400 years and is well known as Japanese traditional fork art to the world. Marutomi project was started in the 1990s under the direction of Masanori Umeda as the design producer. The products of this project which no longer manufactured were made by their well-matured coating skill and the aesthetic sense brought up by "urushi" They release products such as dishes, ashtrays, vases, and so on designed by Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Men...
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Resin, Plastic

Original “Getsuen” Lounge Chair by Masanori Umeda Produced by Edra Italy C.1990
By Masanori Umeda, Edra
Located in Renens, CH
The Getsuen or Lily lounge chair was designed by Japanese designer Masanori Umeda during the 1990s. Masanori Umeda has worked together with Ettore Sottsass during the 1980s at Ol...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Metal

Post Modern “Getsuen” Lounge Chair by Masanori Umeda
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Renens, CH
The Getsuen or Lily lounge chair was designed by Masanori Umeda (Japan) during the 1990s. Masanori Umeda worked together with Ettore Sottsass during the 1980s at Olivetti in Milan...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Metal

Red Rose Lounge Chair by Masanori Umeda for Edra
By Masanori Umeda
Located in San Francisco, CA
A three-legged velvet upholstery red rose lounge chair on solid aluminum legs by Masanori Umeda for Edra. Italy, 1990s.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Ping-Pong Wall Lamps by Masanori Umeda for Iguzzini, 1979
By Masanori Umeda, iGuzzini
Located in UTRECHT, NL
Extremely rare iGuzzini wall lamps. These lamps are part of the Ping-Pong series. Designed by the Japanese Masanori Umeda in 1979. That was before he worked with Memphis Milano and b...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Plastic

Orinoco Flower Vase Masanori Umeda for Memphis-Milano
By Memphis Milano, Masanori Umeda
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Orinoco flower vase by Masanori Umeda for Memphis-Milano. Brand new item.
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Floor Lamp Masanori Umeda Japanese Postmodern Zen Japan Style
By Yamagiwa, Masanori Umeda
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Floor or table lamp deigned by Masanori Umeda. This lighting consists of stainless frame and plastic covered washi Japanese paper shade. Shade has original washi texture.
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ginza Miniature Robot Cabinet by Masanori Umeda for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Masanori Umeda
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Ginza Miniature robot cabinet by Masanori Umeda for Memphis Milano Additional information: Perfect 1:6 scale reproduction of the Ginza robot cabinet in...
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2010s Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Laminate

Masanori Umeda Getsuen Lily Red Easy Chair, circa 1990
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Easy chair model Getsuen ‘Lily’ designed by Masanori Umeda. Manufactured circa 1990. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age and use, ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery

Orinoco Ceramic Vase, by Masanori Umeda from Memphis Milano
By Memphis Milano, Masanori Umeda, Memphis Group
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Orinoco Vase in ceramic, was originally designed in 1983 by Masanori Umeda. Was born in 1941 at Kanagawa in Japan. He obtained his diploma from the Kuwasawa School of Design in Tok...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

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Ceramic

'Be-Andon’ Lantern Lamp by Masanori Umeda for Yamagiwa, 1996, Japan
By Masanori Umeda
Located in Chicago, IL
Be-Andon Japanese lantern-style table lamp by Masanori Umeda for Yamagiwa, 1996. Light grey parchment with silver square motif delivers a glowing light. Rewired American candelabra s...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Metal

Parana Ceramic Fruit Bowl, by Masanori Umeda from Memphis Milano
By Memphis Milano, Masanori Umeda, Memphis Group
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Trigonal ceramic fruit bowl in pastel colors was originally designed by Masanori Umeda in 1983 for Memphis Milano. Was born in 1941 at Kanagawa in Japan. He obtained his diploma fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Ginza Wooden Robot by Umeda Masanori for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Masanori Umeda
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Ginza wooden robot with plastic laminate, shelves & drawers by Masanori Umeda for Memphis Milano collection Additional information: Wooden robot with ...
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2010s Masanori Umeda Furniture

Materials

Plastic

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Masanori Umeda furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Masanori Umeda furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Masanori Umeda furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 14 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Masanori Umeda were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Pallucco, Shiro Kuramata, and Cattelan Italia. Prices for Masanori Umeda furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $110 and can go as high as $45,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $950.

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