Monday, 16 May 2011

tokujin yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka design is very subtle, delicate and it looks like it can be brake up so easily. I think that every piece of  Tokujin Yoshioka's design is amazing and unique and It will fit only to a very elegant interior.  
Tokujin Yoshioka was born in Saga, Japan in 1967. After graduating from Kuwasawa design school in Tokyo, he studied design under Shiro Kuramata (1987-1988) and Issey Miyake (1988-1992). He established the Tokujin Yoshioka design office in 2000. His works include shop design for Issey Miyake, space design for Nissan, Bmw, Shiseido. He planned exhibitions Forissey Hiyake, Hermes, Muji and Peugeot. His product design series known as ‘Tokyo-Pop’,based on his previous ‘Honey-Pop Design, has been introduced by Driade. Recent works include a street furniture piece at Roppongi Hills entitled ‘chair disappears in the rain’. He is the recipient of many international design awards. 
Below you can find a fragment of interview with Takujin Yoshioka which I found on ,,designboom'' website.

when you were a child, did you want to become a designer?
yes, since I was six years old.

where do you work on your designs and concepts?
everywhere, I’m always working.
when I’m eating, driving, when I go to bed... even when I sleep.

which project has given you the most satisfaction?
collaborating on Issey Miyake’s exhibition ‘making things’.

who would you like to design something for?
I would love to design a contemporary Japanese thermal bath.
and to collaborate with artists.

do you discuss your work with other designers?
no. but I discuss with technicians, researchers,
professors at universities...

describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
I want to move on.
... surprise people. in a simple way.
the reason why I select materials is not because they are
interesting or new, my constant research is how to make
materials even more interesting. this goes for colour too
and I’m integrating gravity and the surrounding space in
my designs.

can you describe an evolution in your work from your first projects to the present day?
it’s very difficult, my work is so recent.
I don’t think I changed much.
my behaviour is always the same.
I attempt to transcend banality with a form of experimental
layering that elevates the work.
my objective is to create something that no one has done

is there any designer and/or architect,
you appreciate a lot?
Shiro Kuramata, Achille Castiglioni...

and those still working?
Jacques Herzog

any advice for the young ?
NO! (laughs)

what are you afraid of regarding the future?
(I'm always anxious...)
I generally don’t care about stuff,
but I fear the lack of stuff - by ‘stuff’ I mean, very broadly,
the physical parts, the ‘real-world’ materiality - in a growing
non-physical, immaterial world.
legitimation of stuff in the digital realm.
what will be the purpose of design?

Panna chair

 AMI chair with a mirror evaporation finish

Boing chair

Cloud paper sofa

This is an exhibition ,, Sensing Nature''.  This work shows unimaginable beauty by capturing the irregular movement of the nature. This is designed after the installation in 1997 that expressed the “snow” by the concept of the color “white”.

Swarovski Flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo features an incredible exterior facade entitled “Crystal Forest.”

The Bouquet chairs was designed  for or Italian brand Moroso.
 Above picture shows 'waterfall', the world's largest optical glass table. In form it is a 4.5 metergiant optical glass block which reminds one of water running down 
Tokujin Yoshioka website;

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