Shiro Kuramata

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Shiro Kuramata
1934-1991

Handsome, and very scarce, Japanese monograph/catalogue published to accompany the major survey exhibition held at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 1996 of Shiro Kuramata, one of Japan’s most important designers of the 20th century.  Kuramata translated workaday industrial materials -wire steel mesh, corrugated aluminium, lucite-
into poetic objects and interiors.
Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographic documentation of his furniture, glassware, interiors, lighting, and architecture (including his incredible boutique interiors for fashion designer Issey Miyake, and his work as a key member of Italian design group Memphis, which he joined at its founding in 1981), this book is certainly one of the finest volumes on Kuramata.
Features complete history of works plus text by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki.

* Condition: Very Good/Fine (excellent, like new, clean copy) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Memphis
Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design


First 1984 printing of the US hardcover edition of “MEMPHIS: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design”, by Barbara Radice – arguably the greatest reference book on the work of the Italian Design group MEMPHIS. In original dust-jacket.

Written by Radice, a founding member of the Memphis group (and author of “Ettore Sottsass: A Critical Biography”), and documenting in stunning photography and reproduction the vast array of design work that this group produced across furniture, lighting, interiors, architecture, textiles, glassware, etc., this really feels like THE official Memphis book, embodying their spirit and design aesthetic in book form.

Founded in 1981, the international group of architects and designers, Memphis, shook the design world to its foundations. Based in Italy and led by Ettore Sottsass, it overturned and re-shaped the pre-suppositions on which the production of so-called Modern Design is based. It became the almost mythical symbol of the New Design. Laughing out loud at our culture and at itself, Memphis pulled out all stops when it came to colour, pattern, decoration and ornamentation. It sets out to contribute to the continuing dialogue on pop culture, the avant-garde and design.

This book features the work of Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Masanori Umeda, Shiro Kuramata, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Michele de Lucchi, Matteo Thun, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Gerard Taylor, Michael Graves, Aldo Cibic, George James Sowden, Arquitectonica, Hans Hollein, Marco Zanini, Javier Mariscal, Thomas Bley, Martine Bedin, etc.

Contents are: Introduction; Memphis; Plastic Laminate; Materials; Decoration; Color; The Memphis Idea; The Design; Memphis and Fashion.

Highly recommended.

* Condition: Very Good-Fine (tight, clean copy in dust jacket protected under plastic) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Memphis Milano

Original Memphis Milano leporello fold-out poster/catalogue from around 1986, showcasing all the iconic chairs, tables, lamps, lights, shelves, ceramic and porcelain wares, glass ware, tapestries, and much more by Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Andrea Branzi, Marco Zanini, Aldo Cibic, George J. Sowden, Martine Bedin, Peter Shire, Matteo Thun, Gerard Taylor, Shiro Kuramata, Michael Graves, Javier Mariscal, Maria Sanchez, Arquitectonica, Masanori Umeda and more. All listed across 14 pages with colour photography and titles/specs for each piece – all texts in English and Italian. Works spanning all of the 1980s for Memphis.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (some light corner wear, small pin holes to corners from previous hanging) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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SD (Space Design) no. 260, 1986
Special feature: Interiors

SD (Space Design): A monthly journal on Art and Architecture.
“SD” (Space Design) was founded in Japan in 1965; a comprehensive monthly magazine on architecture, urban problems and fine arts which was unique in the world and quickly became a leading, highly-esteemed journal of international modern design.

SD no. 260, May 1986

SPECIAL FEATURE: JAPANESE INTERIORS

Includes Susumu Kitahara, Riki Watanabe, Shiro Kuramata, Masanori Umeda, Takashi Sakaizawa, Shigeru Uchida, Takashi Sugimoto,  Archizoom, Memphis,  Masanori Umeda, Le Corbusier, Sottsass Associates, Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Alchimia and much more.

SD is one of the finest journals dedicated to new design (architecture, furniture, interior, environmental, industrial…), becoming a collector’s item and much sought-after archival resource.

* Condition: Very Good (Clean tight copy with general light shelf wear and age) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

 

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