Shiro Kuramata
Miss Blanche chair, 1988

Kuramata, one of Japan’s most distinguished designers, gained prominence in the 1970s and 1980s for his furniture designs and commercial interiors. Drawing on the expressive capacities of modern industrial materials such as acrylic, aluminum, and steel mesh, he tapped their psychological effects, creating objects that straddle the line between function and suggestion.

Miss Blanche derives its design from the corsage that Blanche Dubois wore in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The seat, arms, and back are made of clear acrylic resin in which red silk roses seem to float, an ironic memory of chintz upholstery. The gently curving arms and back are joined and proportioned to stand out as individual elements rather than as parts of a whole. The purple anodized aluminum legs are inserted into slots carved out of the underside of the seat.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Miss Blanche chair
Artist name
Shiro Kuramata
Date created
1988
Classification
furniture
Medium
plastic, artificial flowers, and aluminum
Dimensions
35 7/16 in. x 21 5/8 in. x 23 5/8 in. (90 cm x 55 cm x 60 cm)
Date Acquired
1991
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fisher, Mrs. George Roberts, and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Walker, Jr.
Copyright
© Estate of Shiro Kuramata
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/91.27.A-E
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

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