Chair (glass)

Kuramata Design Office

Glass chair (1976), Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991) studied architecture and cabinet-making and is considered the most influential designer of postwar Japan. In 1965, he established his own interior design practice and mostly designed clubs and bars in Tokyo. From 1976, Kuramata created a series of radical shop interiors for Issey Miyake.

Designed in 1976, Kuramata’s iconic Glass Chair consists of sheets of glass bonded on their edges, using a revolutionary ultraviolet adhesive that had just become available. Inspired by the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, Kuramata wanted to give his interpretation of a futuristic chair: minimalistic, stripped down to its essential elements, which appears to be both visible and invisible.

The Glass chair was made by Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd, Japan in limited numbers.

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