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Shiro Kuramata

Japanese, 1934-1991

Few designers have blended Minimalism and Surrealism into artistic furniture as successfully as Shiro Kuramata. His experimentation with form, function, color and motif informed cabinets, chairs and side tables that are as mystifying as they are visually striking. 

Born in Tokyo in 1934, Kuruamata studied at the Kuwasawa Design School. In the 1970s and ’80s, he explored industrial materials in his designs. Inspired by Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, Kuramata produced irreverent and bold work. In 1981, Kuramata joined Sottsass in his founding of the Memphis Group, named for a Bob Dylan song. The Milan-based collective aimed to turn the status quo on its head and redefine what was considered appealing in modern furniture style.

His experience with the Memphis Group led Kuramata to embrace unconventional optical effects. No piece embodies this more skillfully than the Miss Blanche chair. Crafted with transparent resin and flecked with rose-petal flecks, it gives the illusion that the sitter is floating.

The How High the Moon armchair is a prime example of his playful nature and willingness to challenge the expectations for furniture design. Including shards of colored glass in concrete surfaces, his “star piece” material was prevalent throughout his work, giving the tops of his end tables and coffee tables a brazen, gem-encrusted appearance. His daring approach to design can also be seen in pieces like his sheer glass bookcases with their seemingly fragile shelves.

Kuramata created many visual delights before his death in 1991. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His pieces remain highly prized by collectors and design enthusiasts worldwide.

On 1stDibs, explore a selection of vintage Shiro Kuramata seating, storage pieces, decorative objects and more.

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Memphis Table By Shiro Kuramata Sally Glass Chrome Rolling Table, 1987
By Memphis Group, Shiro Kuramata
Located in Vienna, AT
Round rolling table sally by Shiro Kuramata for Memphis, 1987 Dimensions are 30.31" x 23.35" x 23.35" Iconic table 'Sally' by Shiro Kuramata, Japan, 1987 for Memphis. Comprised of ...
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1980s Japanese Post-Modern Vintage Shiro Kuramata

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Metal, Chrome

Shiro Kuramata 1985 Sing Sing Sing Armchair
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Weesp, NL
Introducing the Sing Sing Sing armchair, a stunning and iconic piece of furniture designed by Shiro Kuramata in 1985 and produced by xO in France. This ...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Shiro Kuramata

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Steel

Shiro Kuramata Revolving Cabinet for Cappellini
By Shiro Kuramata, Cappellini
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning "Revolving Cabinet" by Shiro Kuramata for Cappellini, Italy. The revolving cabinet looks like a mobile sculpture: light and innovative, it is the perfect emblem of the proj...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shiro Kuramata

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Steel

Shiro Kuramata Nara Square Terrazzo Table for Memphis Srl
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nara square table, (1983). Shiro Kuramata (Japan) / Memphis Milano. Square end or coffee table in metal and colored-glass-infused "Star Piece" terrazzo. Dimensions: W 23.75" x D ...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Shiro Kuramata

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Terrazzo

Shiro Kuramata KYOTO Round Table for MEMPHIS srl
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Kyoto round table (1983) Shiro Kuramata (Japan) / Memphis Milano Round end table in metal and colored-glass-infused "Star Piece" terrazzo Dimen...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Shiro Kuramata

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Steel

Shiro Kuramata-How High the Moon Armchairs for Vitra, 1986
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in PARIS, FR
The "How High the Moon" armchair, a masterpiece conceived by the esteemed Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, is crafted from nickel-plated steel mesh and produced by Vitra in Switze...
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1980s Japanese Minimalist Vintage Shiro Kuramata

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Stainless Steel

Shiro Kuramata Vase #2
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Naples, FL
Origin: Japan Produced by Nichinn / Spiral Circa 1980s Extremely rare vintage example. Not current production.
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1980s Japanese Post-Modern Vintage Shiro Kuramata

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Glass, Acrylic

Shiro Kuramata Vase #2
Shiro Kuramata Vase #2
H 7.5 in W 4.25 in D 4.25 in
Shiro Kuramata Vase #3
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Naples, FL
Origin: Japan Produced by Nichinan / Spiral Circa 1980 Extremely rare vintage example. Not current production.
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1980s Japanese Post-Modern Vintage Shiro Kuramata

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Glass, Acrylic

Shiro Kuramata Vase #3
Shiro Kuramata Vase #3
H 10.25 in W 10.5 in D 3.13 in
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Shiro Kuramata furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Shiro Kuramata 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 Shiro Kuramata furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 53 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 19 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Shiro Kuramata were created in the modern style in japan during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and Masanori Umeda. Prices for Shiro Kuramata furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $600 and can go as high as $80,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,460.

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