Kuramata’s designs reflect the confidence and creativity of postwar Japan, retaining a strong identity based on traditional Japanese aesthetics while breaking new ground through the use of innovative materials. He combined the Japanese concept of unity of the arts with his fascination of contemporary western culture.
How High The Moon creates an ephemeral sensation of floating… keeping with Kuramata’s vision of a surreal and minimalist ideal.
The backrest, armrests and seat have been reduced to simple cubic forms and executed in expanded metal. The shimmering, dematerialized surface is reminiscent of pale, glowing moonlight. The name is borrowed from a song by Duke Ellington.
Shiro Kuramata, 1986/87