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Captivating design: How high the moon

We have to praise the Japanese gallery Tamura Joe to the skies - because the design experts from Tokyo are bringing an icon back into the furnishing cosmos with Shiro Kuramata's "How high the moon" armchair.

Text: Marko Knab Photo: Gallery Tamura Joe 13.01.2020 1 min

“How high the moon?" Ella Fitzgerald's question in the jazz song of the same name can be answered quickly: the average distance between the moon and the earth is 384,400 kilometers. Unfortunately, these large numbers are only quite abstract and virtually irrelevant in everyday life. Much more concrete and practical is the new edition of the armchair by designer Shiro Kuramata, also called "How high the moon". Returned to the market by the Japanese gallery Tamura Joe, the current edition, like the originals from 1986, also relies on the reduced design and a body made of steel mesh. The only difference between the new edition, which was produced under the supervision of the original design studio, is the finish: instead of chrome plating, more environmentally friendly coatings are now used on the steel mesh. The decision for the classic? Not only is it particularly easy in the end, it is also obvious. With a good 9000 kilometers to Japan, it is even a good 42 times closer than the moon itself.