A few words on ‘Miss Blanche’ Chair which is offered by Phillips in its upcoming design sale. Created by Shiro Kuramata, Japan’s most celebrated designer of the 20th century, it came to best express his revolutionary and poetic approach to the furniture design. Known for combining Japanese concepts of the unity of the arts with strong fascination with contemporary Western culture, it demonstrates Kuramata’s love for the Minimalism of Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. He designed Miss Blanche in 1988 and produced 53 times, each features the roses in a different composition, until his death in 1991 at the age of 56, naming it after the central figure in the Tennessee Williams’ drama Streetcar Named Desire. The red roses floating in clear acrylic were inspired by the corsage worn by Blanche Dubois played by Vivien Leigh in the 1951 film adaptation of the play, while the four tubular legs in purple aluminum that pierce the seat evoke the airy, lightness of this icon, which merges two contradiction: the sublime and the kitsch.