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Cappellini Milan – Homage to Shiro Kuramata

“Homage to Shiro”, the opening exhibition for Cappellini’s newly designed Milan flagship store, will continue next year and with a new edition of the Japanese designer’s work.

Cappellini Milan – Homage to Shiro Kuramata


December 14th, 2011

The new Cappellini showroom in Milan is housed in the same address – Via Santa Cecilia 4 – but the space has now been completely reborn under the artistic eye of Giulio Cappellini.

Remaining faithful to the monochromatic theme that defines the interior of each flagship store worldwide – blue in Los Angeles, red in New York and purple in Paris – the Milan store takes on the predominant colour yellow as a nod to the city with its famous yellow trams, old taxis and saffron risotto.


Of note was its opening exhibition, titled “Homage to Shiro”, in tribute to the life and work of revered Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, and which will also be presented next year during Maison & Objet in Cappellini Paris.


The late Kuramata had made a profound impact on the company and on Giulo Cappellini who had this to say: “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 innovative and interesting. Shiro taught me that long silences were often better than many words.”


The exhibition highlighted this special and close collaboration with iconic products that are still part of the Cappellini catalogue. These included Progetti Compiuti, Revolving Cabinet and Homage to Mondrian, as well as reproductions of original drawings and rare prototypes.


A new edition of Kuramata’s Dinah – highly sought after in international contemporary design auctions since it went out of production – was also shown.

In 2012, Dinah will be presented to the market, both at IMM Cologne and during Maison & Objet.



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