Utamaro Bed


Collection: Night Tales
Designer: Masanori Umeda
Year: 2020
Black and white laminate and painted metal structure with Japanese tatami mats, and led lights in the base. Silk pillows in various colours and two red and white lacquered trays
Dimensions: W 252, D 252, H 144 cm
Limited edition of 12  + 1 artist’s proof.

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The Utamaro series consists of a double bed, sofa and armchair, inspired by the erotic rituals of the Edo period, women and the interiors of traditional homes, as represented in the works of the Japanese painter Kitagawa Utamaro.

These three coordinated furnishing objects, with their massive aesthetic impact, have a blue and fuchsia metal tubular structure, with iconic, black and white chessboard pattern laminate borders, tatami mats, trays with lacquered surfaces and flamboyant coloured silk pillows.

Just as he did with his Tawaraya boxing ring, Umeda combines traditional Japanese domestic aesthetics with contemporary Nippon accents and the western taste in furnishings in a remarkable juxtaposition.