Originally designed in 1968, the Steel Pipe Drink Trolley, by Shiro Kuramata, is still strikingly contemporary, a reflection of the research in which form and function are immediately evident, but contradistinguished by the refined aesthetics of the celebrated designer who, here, makes a clear reference to the curves of the Sofa With Arms.
By virtue of the decades-long collaboration with Shiro Kuramata – after his passing through the namesake foundation dedicated to continuing the philological studies of the artist/designer’s innumerable projects – in 2014 a surprisingly simple and intuitive new object was born: a cart on wheels with a frame made of iron tubes varnished with black matte finish epoxy powder and shelves in white laminate, with matte black carters and wheels made of grey plastic, suitable for delicate surfaces. This iconic project is available in the hues that most characterize the designer’s works.
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.