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1976

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Armchair, 1976

This is a Armchair. It was designed by Shiro Kuramata. It is dated 1976. Its medium is assembled laminated plate glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Utilizing a newly developed adhesive, Kuramata achieved material and visual minimalism with this armchair. Flat planes of glass are bonded together along their edges, without mounts or screws, to create a functional chair that seems simultaneously visible and invisible. The transparent form invites users to question notions of materiality, utility, and comfort.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Zig-Zag Chair, ca. 1934
  • joined and painted elm.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-60-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 86.4 × 90.2 × 61 cm (34 in. × 35 1/2 in. × 24 in.)

Cite this object as

Armchair, 1976; Designed by Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934 - 1991); assembled laminated plate glass; H x W x D: 86.4 × 90.2 × 61 cm (34 in. × 35 1/2 in. × 24 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-58

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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