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Shiro Kuramata

1934

Tokyo, Japan

Shiro Kuramata, a Japanese architect, is today considered one of the greatest contemporary designers.
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Shiro Kuramata, a Japanese architect, is today considered one of the greatest contemporary designers. Master of Interior design, Kuramata is the author of almost metaphysical objects, where oriental symbolism, graphic rigor, rationalism and western design complete and enhance each other reciprocally. On one hand there is Confucianism and the tendency of a "moral" approach to design, on the other the profound influence of western experience (from the Bauhaus on, through surrealism and Dadaism up to Memphis), the poetics this generates is unique and unrepeatable. It is meeting of two worlds that speak different languages and move on distant and apparent unreconcilable courses. Attracted by the immaterial essence of things, Kuramata loves irony and paradox and has a great passion for drawers, mysterious containers of secrets and memories concealed hiding places of private surprises. This is why he designs chests of drawers. Some, extraordinary, are now produced by Cappellini International Interiors. Produced in numbered pieces, these chests, together with he minimal chair by the same designer, are not the exception in this firm's production but fit coherently in the extensive exploration in the international field in which Cappellini has long been engaged. Beyond the fleeting fashions of the moment, Shiro Kuramata's chests of drawers, destined to become classics in the history of design, are perhaps the emblematic forerunners of a series of objects by contemporary masters.