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Iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair Sold For Whopping $409,000

Iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair Sold For Whopping $409,000

At a recent Sotheby’s auction in London, the Miss Blanche armchair, from the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, sold for a whopping £269,000 ($409,000 U.S. dollars). Named after the famed Blanche Dubois from Tennessee William’s play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, Shiro Kuramata’s iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ chair was created in 1988, three years before the artist’s death. The technicalities involved in the production of ‘Miss Blanche’ were complex: the design required that each artificial rose be held in place for extended periods of time until the resin had hardened sufficiently. Experiments with natural roses were conducted, but the flowers would burn up in the acrylic resin, prompting a serendipitous moment when Kuramata decided ‘…it has to be fake [materials] because Blanche Dubois is a fake.’

Iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair Sold For Whopping $409,000
Iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair Sold For Whopping $409,000

The chair was first exhibited in 1988 during Tokyo Designers’ Week in an exhibition titled KAGU at the Axis Gallery Annex. A year later it debuted in Paris at Galerie Yves Gastou where it was purchased.
Reflecting the age at the time of his death in 1991, only 56 models of ‘Miss Blanche’ were produced. Versions of the chair are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Vitra Design Museum.

Iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair Sold For Whopping $409,000
Iconic ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair Sold For Whopping $409,000

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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