Artist/Designer: Masanori Umeda
b.1941, Kanagawa, Japan
Title: Ginza Bookcase (1:6 Scale) Miniature
Medium: Wood, plastic laminate
Dimensions: 9.75" h x 11.5" x 3"
Manufacturer: Memphis Milano. Made in Italy
Details: Often referred to as the Robot Bookcase. Exact replica in 1:6 miniature scale. Limited edition production with signature and 296/500 on the bottom along with the authentic Memphis sticker. We include our signed Certificate of Authenticity, as well, as the original from Memphis Milano in Italy. In perfect condition in original box.
Notes from the Archive: In the late 60's, Umeda moved to Milan to work with Achille and Pier Giacomo Castliglioni in their studio and later became a consultant for the Olivetti Company, where he met Ettore Sottsass. Masanori Umeda captivated everyone's attention with his first design for Memphis - the "Tawaraya" (boxing ring) seating for the inaugural 1981 Memphis collection. A very popular photo shows the original group of Memphis designers all enjoying sitting together in the boxing ring! In 1982, he designed this bookcase in the shape of a robot titled "Ginza". The following year his designs included two thought-provoking ceramics, the Parana tray and the Orinoco vase. Umeda continues to work in Japan and has created additional designs in furniture for numerous global brands.
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