Japan (1934-1991)

Shiro Kuramata studied architecture in Tokyo and trained at Kuwazawa’s School of design. In 1965, he found his own workshop, the Kuramata Design Office. Close to Ettore Sottsass, he participates to the Memphis group by designing pieces for them. He also decorates Issey Miyake’s shops in Paris, Tokyo and New York. In 1988, Kuramata sets up his workshop in Paris. His work mixes humor and poetry, associated to lightness and minimalism. Some of his pieces are exhibited in famous museums, just like MoMa in New York.