CAPPELLINI PRESENTS “HOMAGE TO SHIRO” AT “ABITARE IL TEMPO 100%PROJECT”
Poetry and lightness for an extraordinary and innovative way of thinking
Verona, October 2012
With the exhibition "Homage to Shiro" Cappellini will be the protagonist of “Abitare il Tempo 100% Project”, the trade fair that will take place in Verona from the 21st to the 23rd October, aimed at the European and eastern European markets.
In the exhibition area of the fair, with a very poetic display, the brand will tell the story of the magnificent collaboration between Giulio Cappellini and the celebrated Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata Not only the iconic products designed by Shiro Kuramata, still part of the Cappellini catalogue (such as Progetti Compiuti, Pyramid, Revolving Cabinet and Homage to Mondrian), will be on display, but also reproductions of original drawings and the new re-edition of the innovative Dinah cabinet: only a few pieces were produced in the 1980s before it was taken out of production, it is now highly sought after at international contemporary design auctions.
The characteristic feature of Shiro Kuramata who left an important mark in the history of design, was the desire to design pieces that remain unique like works of art, beyond the logic of mass production. The merit of Giulio Cappellini was to convince him to put his? creations into production to make them accessible to the public and descendants. For this reason "Homage to Shiro" has already received great success in Milan, Rome and Paris where it was shown before arriving in Verona..
Giulio Cappellini on Shiro Kuramata:
“What attracted me to Shiro Kuramata’s work was the poetry, irony and lightness found in his projects. These projects were never trivial but always extraordinarily innovative and interesting. Shiro was an exceptional person; introverted and highly educated. A man who assessed people, who wanted to be judged on his personality alone. He was inspired and close to the art world, pure industrial design would never have been able to produce poetic objects like his, he always had great respect and admiration for great artists and his ‘homages’ testimony this.
Shiro was great because as a designer he created beautiful and useful objects, that also made people dream. The launch of Shiro Kuramata’s products was a huge cultural leap for Cappellini, it represented the transition between being a furniture manufacturer to becoming a reference point in the evolution of contemporary design worldwide.
Just before he died I spent an entire afternoon with him in his studio in Tokyo playing with coloured pieces of Plexiglas that changed shade and colour depending on the sun’s movements, without even talking. Shiro taught me that often long silences are worth more than many words.’