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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Floating Design: Shiro Kuramata and His Contemporaries’

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

by Natasha Vik

Staff Writer

Shiro Kuramata, recipient of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, is highly regarded for his interior and furniture design. His most famous works, which possess a poetic, dreamlike quality — such as the “Miss Blanche” clear acrylic chair, which has roses suspended in it — inspired the “Floating Design” title of this exhibition.

Kuramata’s pieces are accompanied by contemporaneous artists and designers — some of whom influenced his work and others who were his personal acquaintances. The selection of works explores why Kuramata’s designs have captivated many fans over the decades; July 6-Sept. 1.

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; 048-824-0111; 9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama; Kita-Urawa Station, Kehin Tohoku Line; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,100. Closed Mon. (except July 15). www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/uploaded/attachment/564780.pdf