"How High the Moon" Armchair

Designer Shiro Kuramata Japanese
Manufacturer Vitra

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How High the Moon offers a philosophical meditation on the form of the chair. Kuramata cleverly toys with one of the most iconic forms of Western furniture, but one that is almost unknown in traditional Japanese design. The steel mesh, with no interior frame or support, provides the outline of a chair without any of its traditional structure. While its shape is that of a conventional upholstered armchair, its dematerialized, almost transparent appearance suggests a tension between form and function. This effect is intensified by the reflective quality of the steel mesh. How High the Moon appears almost fragile, calling into question its ability to support the weight of the human body and, by extension, challenging the definition of the chair as functional furniture.

"How High the Moon" Armchair, Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934–1991), Nickel-plated steel mesh

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