Initially designed by Shiro Kuramata in 1979, 01 Chair pays homage to the iconic designer, who began collaborating with Cappellini in the following decade. 01 Chair is characteristically ultralight in volume — made of polished chrome or black matte lacquered iron tube- with an intriguing succession of sinuously interwoven lines and arches forming the armrests and back. Its seat cover is fixed and customizable with leathers offered in Cappellini’s collection.
The SOFT SIDE of Cappellini
An influential and prolific designer from Japan, Shiro Kuramata created furniture and interiors that often bridged the Eastern and Western design worlds. Born in 1934 in Japan, Kuramata opened his own design firm, Kuramata Design Office in Tokyo around 1965. His work was so important that he was tapped by Cappellini as the designer who would launch their brand onto the international stage by featuring his work in Memphis for the first time in 1987. Kuramata’s furniture often featured industrial materials, including wire, steel mesh, lucite, aluminum, handblown lead crystal, or paper flowers (see his Miss Blanche Chair as an example). His work is displayed in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including Musee Arts Decoratifs in Paris, MoMA in New York, Museum of Modern Art in Tayama, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.