Shiro Kuramata (b. 1934 in Tokyo), studied architecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and then went on to trains as a cabinetmaker at the Kuwasawa Institute of Design in Tokyo. After graduation, Kuramata worked for the firm San-Ai from 1957-64 before he founded his own firm, Kuramata Design Office, in Tokyo in 1965. His creations were groundbreaking (though none of them look all too comfortable to me!).
During the 1970s he started to develop a true following in the world of furniture design as a result of his creations for Memphis in Milan. His pieces were smart, unique, and incorporated unexpected materials in the most beautiful of ways.
In the 1980s Kuramata even began to explore interior design, creating several boutiques for fashion designer Issey Miyake.
Shiro Kuramata died in Tokyo in 1991. What a cool dude.