japanese art, design and culture

Shiro Kuramata and Ettore Sottsass

Two design heavyweights of the late 20th century get mashed up in this latest show, which opened in early February at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo.

Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata
“Miss Blanche” (1988) by Shiro Kuramata

Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata (2)
all images courtesy of exite.ism

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) of Italy and Shiro Kuramata (1934-91) of Japan, both of whom have had far-reaching impacts on industrial design in their respective countries and beyond, are posthumously reunited in this retrospective of their work.

Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata (5)
“Carlton” (1981) by Ettore Sottsass

The show, which not only provides tons of eye candy for fans of the post-modernist approach to industrial design, examines the relationship between the 2 men, which began suddenly in 1981 coinciding with the founding of Sottsass’ “Memphis Group.” Although clear stylistic differences can be immediately recognized, the 2 men shared an underlying theme and ideaology, which begins to emerge as you progress through the exhibit.

Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata (7)
“How High the Moon” (1986) by Shiro Kuramata

Not familiar with Shiro Kuramata? Check out our post on him we wrote back in ’08.

Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata (6)

One of the major highlights of the exhibit are 20 never-before-seen works by Sottsass, recreated based on drawings, specifically for this show.

Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata (4) Ettore Sottsass-Shiro Kuramata (3)
“Kachina” series inspired by drawings done by Ettore Sottsass


21_21 Design Sight (GMAP)
2011.2.2 – 5.8
11:00 – 20:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
1000 yen general admission

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