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Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934–1991)
LOT ID: 79994
How High the Moon, 1986

Seating, Copper-Plated Steel Mesh
28.74 х 61.02 х 31.5 in. (73 x 154.99 x 80.01 cm.)
Other, with certificate of authenticity
Print/Casting Year 1986
Edition of 30
Lot description
Piece measures approximately 28.74 x 61.02 x 31.5 inches (73 x 155 x 80 cm).

Taking its title from a renowned jazz standard, "How High the Moon" by Shiro Kuramata is a design piece constructed entirely of copper-plated steel mesh. Created in 1986, the work's transparent and fragile aesthetic belies its sturdiness as a fully functioning sofa, a unique contrast that has made it one of Kuramata's best-known designs. The work belongs to an edition of 30.

Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991) was an influential Japanese designer best known for his blending of European Bauhaus style with the abstraction and minimalism of the Asian artistic tradition. Kuramata graduated from the Kuwasawa Institute of Design in 1956, and worked in furniture design and advertising before eventually opening his own design firm in 1965. He would become best known for his designs “Begin the Beguine,” “How High the Moon,” and “Miss Blanche.” During his lifetime, his work was exhibited at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (1996); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (1997); Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France (1998); Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal, Canada (1998); the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan (1999); the Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, France (2003), among others. His work is held in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1990, Kuramata was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
How High the Moon by Shiro Kuramata
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