"Kotobuki" Shelves

Designed by Sinya Okayama, Japanese, born 1941. Made by Daichi Company, Tokyo, Japan.

Made in Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Designed 1989

Lacquered wood

64 1/8 x 35 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (162.9 x 90.2 x 40 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Daichi Co., Ltd., 1990

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Additional information:
  • PublicationJapanese Design: A Survey Since 1950

    Sinya Okayama's Kotobuki (Celebration) shelves is the masterwork in his series of furniture designs that translates Japanese pictographs into three-dimensional forms, allowing the object to be "read" (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1985-94-2). It was created for his one-man exhibition at Tokyo's Yurakucho Asahi Gallery in 1989, where critics commented on the expressive value and meaning such furniture had. Kathyrn B. Hiesinger and Felice Fischer, Japanese Design: A Survey since 1950. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994, cat. 228, p. 188.