DESIGN: Cappellini flagship store. A Homage to Shiro, Shiro being the great Japanese designer, Shiro Kuramata, is the title of the exhibition that inaugurates the restructured space of Cappellini’s Milan flagship store just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Babila, in Via Santa Cecilia.
Above: a whimsical self-portrait sketch of the great designer.
Cappellini – Homage to Shiro exhibition. Architect, design talent scout and founder of the hip Cappellini furniture brand, Giulio Cappellini re-designed the interior of the Milan space to give it a more contemporary look. He sits on a Sofa with Arms chair made for the Issey Miyake showroom by the late Shiro Kuramata. Following the trend for color themes in his stores around the world, Cappellini painted the showroom walls Yellow for Milan because “It was the color of the old streetcars and taxis, it is the color of Risotto alla Milanese and also of the color of the old buildings around the city.” He explains. In the other showrooms the colors are; Purple for Paris “It reminds me of the couture houses of the 1960s." Blue for Los Angeles “for the sky and the sea.” Fuschia for Miami “it’s the first color to greet you in the airport and also it’s a color that belongs to the art deco architecture of the city.” Red for New York “Because all the showrooms in SoHo are white, and at night Cappellini really stands out.”
Cappellini – Homage to Shiro exhibition. Kuramata’s drawing for his iconic chest of drawers Side 1 and Side 2.
Cappellini – Homage to Shiro exhibition. The Kuramata Pyramid chest is an enigmatic game of transparencies and solid volumes.
Cappellini – Homage to Shiro exhibition. The sketch by the great designer for the above Pyramid chest of drawers made by Cappellini.