There is a strong connection between Capellini and the art world, as confirmed by the presence of the Homage to Mondrian cabinet in the catalogue. This design, by Shiro Kuramata, is a celebration of one of the pioneers of abstract expressionism, Piet Mondrian.
The paintings of the Dutch painter have been transposed onto wood, creating furniture that is characterized by extreme formal purity; available in two matte lacquered versions with set colour pairings using black, white, blue, red and yellow.
In Homage to Mondrian, each door and drawer is a different size, making it suitable for storing of a variety of objects. These cabinets are equipped with wheels.
From 1965, when Shiro Kuramata founded the Kuramata Design Office in Tokyo, to 1991, when he died, Kuramata designed some of the most significant and lasting items ever produced. Besides his connection with the Japanese design world, Kuramata’s significance in western design is shown first with Memphis, than in 1987 with Cappellini which made him its best designer to introduce the brand on international stage. His work is represented in the permanent collections of Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, of New York Moma, of Metropolitan Museum and of the Museum of Modern Art in Toyama.