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Posts Tagged ‘Shiro Kuramata’

Shiro Kuramata’s ‘Laputa’ Bed on the Block at Phillips

One of the less memorable parts of Jonathan Swift‘s Gulliver’s Travels sees the titular voyager astonished at the sight of “an Island in the Air, inhabited by Men, who are able (as it should seem) to raise, or sink, or put into a Progressive Motion, as they pleased.” This is Laputa, where inhabitants combine mathematics and music in wildly impractical ways and live in homes that are free of right angles (paging Frank Lloyd Wright!). The floating kingdom was an inspiration for Shiro Kuramata‘s final furniture design: the “Laputa” bed (pictured), created for a 1991 group exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy. Nearly 14 feet in length, the aluminum bed comes with Kuramata’s “Star Piece” silk sheets. One of the 30 beds made hits the block tomorrow afternoon at Phillips de Pury & Company as part of its Design Masters sale. Ready to float away to dreamland in Laputa? The bed is estimated to fetch between $80,000-$120,000, so probably best to sleep on it.

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Frank Gehry’s F-Me Shirt-Wearing Promotional Campaign Pays Off In Spades

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Whether he’s busy screwing himself or trying hard to get others to screw him, Frank Gehry‘s publicity stunt is certainly working. In yesterday’s Times Mag, Pilar Viladas drops the Fuckable One’s name in two separate articles .

Here’s #1:

In the 1970s and ’80s, Southern California was a hotbed of architectural experimentation. Buildings by Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and others challenged conventional notions of how we live and work, thrilling some observers and horrifying others.

And love letter #2:

The notion of limited-edition design–which is all the rage now and which loomed large last month at Art Basel and its offshoot, Design Miami/Basel–was not born yesterday. Indeed, the Swiss furniture company Vitra embraced it 20 years ago when it started Vitra Edition, which offered a way for cutting-edge architects and designers–like Ron Arad, Frank Gehry, Shiro Kuramata, Ettore Sottsass and others–to do experimental work without the constraints of production or the market.

Because, really, what can’t that god among men do?