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Shiro Kuramata

First-ever complete monograph on influential Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata (1934–91) comes in two volumes and specially designed acrylic slipcase


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  • First-ever complete monograph on influential Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata (1934–91) comes in two volumes and specially designed acrylic slipcase
  • First volume features text by Deyan Sudjic, exploring both the ideas and the technical innovations behind Kuramata’s most famous works as well as interviews with, and selected writings by the designer
  • Second volume contains an illustrated catalogue of works, compiling all 637 furniture, product and interior designs, that Kuramata completed in his lifetime

Designed by Jonathan Hares, and presented in two volumes with a beautiful acrylic slipcase, the book includes all of Kuramata’s work, depicted in never-before-published photographs and drawings from the Kuramata archives.

Many projects are represented with images of the design and manufacturing process, appropriate for this very technically inventive work that continues to be of interest to a wide range of designers. Shiro Kuramata is a major figure who richly deserves the wider audience he is just beginning to attract, and this first-ever monograph will be of a quality and beauty to match the work he produced.

Shiro Kuramata (1934–91) was a truly exceptional designer of furniture and interiors. Many of his poetic, precise and unique pieces, like the expanded-metal-mesh How High the Moon Armchair and the acrylic, aluminium and paper-flower Miss Blanche Chair, are still highly prized, collected by museums like MoMA and the V&A and sold at auction. Sadly, however, most of the hundreds of interiors he designed no longer exist, and can only be glimpsed in photographs or described by those who saw them.

This combination of the precious and the disappeared is appropriate for a designer like Kuramata, whose work was neither modern nor nostalgic, neither western nor Asian, but which has a remarkable creative power as well as a sense of endless invention. This compelling and highly influential work is documented here in this beautiful monograph.

Author Deyan Sudjic, the director of the design museum in London and the author of many highly-acclaimed books on design and architecture, tells the story of Kuramata’s life against the backdrop of Japan’s turbulent history from the 1930s to the 1990s. It was a period in which the collapse of the repressive conformism of Japan’s traditionally authoritarian social order released a creative explosion that propelled Japan into the creative forefront in cinema, literature, fashion, architecture and design, and Kuramata’s work occupies a special place in this period.


Format: Hardback
Size: 305 x 238 mm (12 in x 9 3/8 in)
Pages: 416 pp
Illustrations: 600 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714845005

- Eve Kahn, The New York Times

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum, London and a former Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University. He was previously editor of Blueprint and Domus magazines, and Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale (2002). Former architecture critic for The Observer, he has written and contributed to many books, including The Language of Things (2008) and The Edifice Complex: The architecture of power (2005), as well as The Endless City (2008), Living in the Endless City (2011), Future Systems (2006), John Pawson: Themes and Projects (2002), John Pawson: Works (2000), all published by Phaidon.


Contents and Sections:

Volume 1 - Essays and Writings

Living in the Bubble
The Generation of Burnt-Out Ruins
Floating and Weightless
Discovering Europe
The Idea of Design
Selected Writings

Volume 2 - Catalogue of Works

List of Works
List of Exhibitions


Naoto Fukasawa
Japan Style
Tanaka Ikko
WA: The Essence of Japanese Design
James Irvine
Hella Jongerius: Misfit

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