‘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...


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.


820 mm
720 mm
945 mm


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


Purchased 2003
22 May, 2003

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'How high the moon' armchair by Shiro Kuramata 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 June 2017, <https://ma.as/12216>
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