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Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata was one of the 20th century's most important Japanese designers, revolutionising post-war design. Known for his minimalist furniture crafted using strikingly industrial materials, he collaborated with design houses such as Glas Italia, Cappellini and Memphis.

A graduate of Tokyo’s Kuwasawa Design School in 1956, Shiro Kuramata revolutionised Japanese post-war design. Fusing Japanese elegance and simplicity with distinctly modern materials and techniques, Kuramata’s designs often featured geometric shapes that disguised their function and added further depth. Aware of the new technologies and materials available to him, Kuramata was fond of using transparent materials, like acrylic and glass, to create designs with a unique lightness, as seen in his iconic Miss Blanche Chair.

In his later life, Shiro Kuramata’s designs evolved to involve brighter colours, having been inspired by the bright colours used by the Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass. Today, Kuramata has been honoured with multiple retrospectives dedicated to his work and his designs are proudly displayed in the permanent collections of New York’s MoMA, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

Kuramata Glass Coffee Table

Innovatively designed in 1976 by Shiro Kuramata and crafted by Glas Italia, this Kuramata Glass Coffee Table is a streamlined design with a modern edge.

Boasting three transparent glass legs arranged at perpendicular angles, this table exudes a minimalist edge that is only enhanced by the robust glass used to craft it. Finished with a thick table top thermo-welded to the base to ensure the table’s strength and sturdiness, this coffee table bring a unique edge to a classic design.

With an aesthetic that is both delicate and modern, the Kuramata Glass Coffee Table would lend effortless, contemporary style to any home.

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