‘How high the moon’ armchair by Shiro Kuramata

Made 2003

A Tokyo-based designer, Shiro Kuramata was widely influential in Japan and Europe during the 1970s and 80s. Specialising in the design of furniture and interiors his aesthetic combined Japanese simplicity and clarity with a European-like preoccupation with non-traditional materials and forms. Kuramata was particularly interested in experimenting with plastics and metal and with creating furniture and lighting that not only blurred the boundaries between function and ‘art’, but also transcended c...

Summary

Object No.

2003/82/1

Physical Description

Armchair, 'How high the moon', steel, designed by Shiro Kuramata, Japan, 1986, made by Vitra, Germany, 2003

Armchair made entirely of sheets of nickel-plated steel rib mesh, the form of the chair reduced to an abstraction of a traditional armchair shape with the backrest and arms the only curved elements in an otherwise rectilinear design; the whole resting on four cylindrical mesh legs.

Dimensions

Height

720 mm

Width

820 mm

Depth

945 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Shiro Kuramata, Japan, 1986. Made to order by Vitra, Germany, 2003.

Made

2003

Designed

1986

History

Notes

Ordered directly from the manufacturer, Vitra.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2003

Acquisition Date

22 May, 2003

Cite this Object

Harvard

'How high the moon' armchair by Shiro Kuramata 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2018, <https://ma.as/12216>

Wikipedia

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