Masanori Umeda b. 1941

Born in 1941 in Kanagawa, Japan, Masanori Umeda was one of three Japanese members of Memphis group and the designer of one of the most iconic emblems of the style—the Tawaraya “boxing ring” bed. After graduating from at the Kuwasawa School of Design in Tokyo in 1962, he began working for Achille Piergiacomo Castiglioni’s studio in Milan in 1967. From 1970 to 1979, Umeda served as a design consultant for Olivetti, where he met Ettore Sottsass, who invited him to be part of the first Memphis exhibition at Arc ’74 in 1981. Umeda returned to Japan in 1980 and established his own studio, U-Meta Design to continue working in his exuberant, playful style that blended east and west design ethos. Along with Tawaraya, Umeda’s other iconic designs include the Ginza Robot cabinet for Memphis (1982) and the Rose Chair for Edra (1990). His work has received international accolades including the Braun prize in 1968 and an award for commercial design from his native Japan in 1984.

Auction Results Masanori Umeda

MASANORI UMEDA, Tawaraya | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Tawaraya

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $22,500
MASANORI UMEDA, Tawaraya | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Tawaraya

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,600
MASANORI UMEDA, Ginza Robot cabinet | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Ginza Robot cabinet

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $11,050
MASANORI UMEDA, Soshun stools, set of three | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Soshun stools, set of three

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750
MASANORI UMEDA, Getsuen chair | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Getsuen chair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,120
MASANORI UMEDA, Orinoco vase, pair | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Orinoco vase, pair

estimate: $300–500
result: $2,000
MASANORI UMEDA, Parana bowl | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Parana bowl

estimate: $400–600
result: $1,063
MASANORI UMEDA, Yantra vases, set of three | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Yantra vases, set of three

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $875
MASANORI UMEDA, miniature Ginza Robot cabinet | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

miniature Ginza Robot cabinet

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $715
MASANORI UMEDA, Yantra-Q vases, set of three | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Yantra-Q vases, set of three

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $625
MASANORI UMEDA, Yantra-R vases, set of three | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Yantra-R vases, set of three

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $625
MASANORI UMEDA, Soshun Chair | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Soshun Chair

estimate: $500–700
result: $625
MASANORI UMEDA, Soshun chair | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Soshun chair

estimate: $500–700
result: $563
YASANORI YUMEDA, Orionco vase | wright20.com

Yasanori Yumeda

Orionco vase

estimate: $500–700
result: $345
MASANORI UMEDA, Orionco Vase | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Orionco Vase

estimate: $500–700
MASANORI UMEDA, Soshun stools, set of three | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Soshun stools, set of three

estimate: $7,000–9,000
MASANORI UMEDA, Be-Andon table lamp | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Be-Andon table lamp

estimate: $500–700
MASANORI UMEDA, Soshun Chair | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Soshun Chair

estimate: $3,000–4,000
MASANORI UMEDA, Soshun chair | wright20.com

Masanori Umeda

Soshun chair

estimate: $3,000–4,000