Kazuki floor lamp by Kazuhide Takahama for Sirrah, 1980s. Metal structure, diffuser in white fabric, floor support in chrome-plated steel rod. An ethereal presence that fully represents Takahama's design of lightness. Takahama, born in 1930, studied architecture in Tokyo and after graduating joined Kazuo Fujioka's studio. In 1957, he came to Italy to supervise the architectural design of the pavilion with which Japan participated for the first time in the 11th Milan Triennale, where he met designer and entrepreneur Dino Gavina (1922-2007) with whom he began a lifelong professional collaboration. As a result, he moved to Bologna in 1964 and went to work as a furniture and lamp designer in the San Lazzaro factory. In 1968 Gavina sold his company Gavina SPA to Knoll International, with its factory in Foligno designed by Achille Castiglioni, and together with Maria Simoncini (1927-2010) he founded the manufacturing company Simon International (later acquired by Cassina). The following year he opened the exhibition and sales centre in Bologna named after Marcel Duchamp with the participation of the famous Dadaist painter and photographer Man Ray. In these new premises, Takahama had the opportunity to collaborate with the famous architect and designer Carlo Scarpa and in the following years he carried out an intense professional activity that led to the creation of various types of furniture and lamps, which are still works of art today, always characterised by great simplicity and formal clandestinity and very often as rigorous as Zen compositions. Takahama continued to work as a designer until his death in 2010. Sirrah was born in Imola in 1968, taking his name from a star in the constellation Andromeda. He made his debut in 1968 at the Triennale presenting a series of lamps designed by the Albini-Helg-Piva studio. From this date he began industrial production while maintaining the handcrafted characteristics of the products: refinement, extreme attention to detail. In 1973, the collaboration with Takahama introduced the use of new materials: the Japanese designer began to use a heat-resistant, elastic and washable fabric with which he made several lamps. In the 1990s, after the acquisition of Sirrah by iGuzzini Illuminazione (1994), the focus shifted decisively towards the production of lighting fixtures for specific market sectors. Since June 2004 Sirrah has been incorporated, through a merger, into iGuzzini Illuminazione.
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