This new limited edition, produced in 33 pieces for each color, draws on the original design of the exposed metal tubular structure and offers a contemporary anthracite variant.
“Sofa With Arms” was designed in 1982 by Shiro Kuramata with a chromed structure as well as seat and backrest in bright-colored woolen cloth.
The now-iconic armchair was originally created to furnish the showrooms and offices of fashion designer Issey Miyake, a friend of Kuramata. Indeed from the late 1970s through 1990, most of the interiors of Issey Miyake boutiques around the world were designed by Kuramata.
Cappellini’s new “Sofa With Arms” black edition will be available in blue, green, magenta and ‘alchemilla’ as a nod to the Japanese designer’s passion for vibrant colors.
Kuramata emerged as a leading figure of contemporary design in Japan throughout the latter half of the 20th century.
As he became better known, Italian designer Ettore Sottsass asked him to join the famous Memphis group, which was once described as “a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price.”
Some of Kuramata’s most famous pieces include his “Furniture in Irregular Forms Side 1” dresser, which gained fame when Cappellini started reproducing it in the 1980s; as well as his Tennessee Williams-inspired “Miss Blanche” chair, which sells for six figures at auctions.
“Sofa With Arms” black edition will be available in four different colors at Cappellini from November, for a retail price of €2,290.
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