1980s Shiro Kuramata Umbrella Stand for Pastoe, Netherlands
A very rare umbrella stand by Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, manufactured by Pastoe in the Netherlands, circa 1986. It’s playful yet elegant design resembles an upside down umbrella. It is made of high quality black lacquered metal with a chrome plated ring. This piece has only been in production for two years, making it a very rare find! It remains in good, vintage condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Kuramata grew up during World War II and the American Occupation of Japan. In 1953 he graduated from Tokyo polytechnic high school, where he studied woodcraft and went to work for a furniture company. Soon afterwards he enrolled at the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo. Kuramata’s approach to the composition of furniture and interiors revolutionized design in post-war Japan. Kuramata focused on his idea of the relationship between form and function, imposing his own vision of surreal and minimalist ideals on everyday objects. During the 1970s and 1980s, Kuramata, alert to the numerous possibilities of new technologies and industrial materials. He was inspired by Ettore Sottsass’s playful spirit and love of bright color and joined Sottsass’s collective, the design group ‘Memphis,’ at its founding in 1981. Kuramata’s furniture and interiors have been influential both in his native country and abroad; his works can be found in museums all over the world.
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89H x 52W x 37D
35,04H x 20,47W x 14,57D
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