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"Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1934 in Japan and died in 1991.

Shiro Kuramata's designs reflect the confidence and creativity of post war Japan, retaining a strong identity based on traditional japanese aesthetics while breaking new ground through the use of innovative materials. Kuramata combined the japanese concept of the unity of the arts with his fascination with contemporary western culture, inventing a new design vocabulary: the ephemeral, the sensation of floating and release from gravity, transparency and the construction of light. He reviewed the relationship between form and function, imposing his own vision of the surreal and of the minimalist ideals on everyday objects.


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