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The first volume includes text by Deyan Sudji, which covers Kuramata's whole life and the radical changes in Japan through which he lived, and explains in detail the ideas, relationships and technical innovations that made his work possible. It also presents a selection of Kuramata's writings that have been translated into English for the first time, giving the reader a sense of his poetic, humorous and thoughtful intellect.
The second volume is a catalogue of works, presenting the over 600 pieces of furniture, products and interiors that Kuramata designed in his lifetime, most of which have never been published (and many of which, including nearly all the interiors, have been demolished). Each project is illustrated with an image from the Kuramata archives and accompanied by an extended caption plus key information.
The two volumes are presented together in a specially designed acrylic slipcase.
- Format: Hardback
- Size: 312 × 242 mm (12 1/4 × 9 1/2 in)
- Pages: 416 pp
- Illustrations: 600 illustrations
- ISBN: 9780714845005
"Long-overdue."—Eve Kahn, The New York Times