born in 1934 Tokyo, Japan
died in 1991 Tokyo, Japan
. studied architecture at Tokyo Polytechnic until 1953.
. after graduation, worked for the Japanese furniture manufacturer Teikokukizai for one year.
. studied interior decoration at the Kuwazawa Institute of Design until 1956.
. worked for the Maysuya department store in Tokyo between 1957-1963.
. in 1965, founded his own design studio in Tokyo.
. in 1970, became famous overnight worldwide for his "Drawer in an Irregular Form" storage furniture.
. in 1976, designed the "Glass Chair", made entirely of slabs of glass glued together.
. from 1984, designed boutiques in Paris, Tokyo and New York for Issey Miyake.
. in 1986, designed "How High The Moon Chair" for Vitra, which is in the permanent collection of MoMA today.
. in 1988, moved to Paris and set up a design practice in the Rue Royal.
. in 1989, caused a sensation by his "Miss Blanche Chair", made by red paper rosebuds molded into the seat of acrylic resin.
. in 1990, was awarded "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French government, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to art and design.
. died in Tokyo at the age of 57.
Luminous Chair, 1969, for Kokuyo Co. Ltd.
Drawer in an Irregular Form, 1970, for Cappellini SPA
Homage to Mondrian Cabinet, 1975, for Cappellini SPA
Kuramata Glass Chair, 1976, for Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd.
Sofa with Arms, 1982, for Cappellini SPA
Kyoto Table, 1983, for Memphis
Sedia Seduta Chair, 1984, for Ishimaru Co. Ltd.
Sing Sing Sing, 1985, for Terada Tekkojo
How High The Moon Chair, 1986, for Vitra
Miss Blanche Chair, 1989, for Ishimaru Co. Ltd.