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"Miss Blanche"

Last quarter 20th century
Designed 1988: manufactured 1989
Designed by Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934–1991), Manufactured by Kokuyo Company, Japan

Object Place: East Asia, Tokyo, Japan


90.17 cm (35 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Acrylic resin; silk; plastic; aluminium

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Europe



The technological process and modern materials allow the silk roses to be suspended in the clear acrylic resin, giving an illusion of weightlessness and delicacy to a sturdy and immensely heavy object, weighing 70 kilos. The contrast between the presence and the inaccessibility of the preserved roses reinforces the sense of illusion. This armchair is entitled “Miss Blanche”, inspired by the corsage worn by and named after the central character in Tennessee Williams’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.


By descent to the artist's widow, Mrs. Meiko Kuramata, Tokyo, Japan; 1996, sold by Mrs. Meiko Kuramata through Theo Theodorou, Dulwich, London, to the MFA. (Accession date: March 27, 1996)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and Gift of Dr. John W. Elliot, by exchange and EDA Curator's Fund