Dec 14, 2009
Last week Tokujin Yoshioka's installation designed for Maison Hermes in Japan was seen all over the place. The simplicity and the minimalist concept behind his idea really got everybody's attention. And as I really liked the Hermes window installation, I decided to dig more about the artist and his pieces to show here to you. Tokujin Yoshioka was born in Saga, Japan in 1967. He already worked under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake and in 2000 established his own studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design.
Today he is a worldwide acclaimed designer who has worked in many design fields, from furniture and product design, to interior retail design. Some of his most important works are displayed as part of permanent collections in the world's well-known museums such as MoMA, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and others. I really loved his work! The minimalist approach is just awesome. He keeps everything very simple and beautiful, showing once again the less is more.
I made this brief selection of Yoshioka's work to show you, but check out his website for further amazing stuff! Enjoy and let me know what you think! :)
Window installation designed for Maison Hermes in Japan
A amazing window installation showing that simplicity is always a great choice.
This is the new design of aoyama store of pleats please. The minimalist and contemporary design mixing concrete, aluminum and glass is simply beautiful.
"Lake of Shimmer" - Swarovski stand at Basel World 2009
A huge amount of small mirrors reminding the the brilliant beauty of crystals, fluttering in the wind and bringing sparkling to the wall.
"Paper Cloud" - designed for Moroso to the Salone del Mobile 2009
In recent years, I am very much fascinated with elements of nature, which shows us the beauty born of coincidence beyond our imagination. This time, through industrial product, I intended to express the elements that exist in nature. In order to convey a strong concept of "cloud". I am using paper for the prototype.
"Ami Ami" - designed for Kartell to the Milano Salone 2008
This is not just another proposal for a new plastic product. What I intended in this project is to create a new expression, which has never existed before in the furniture in plastic. For Kartell, I have arrived an idea of designing a symbolic chair, which appears as if woven with plastic ribbons. A chair that is woven with clear vinyl will fade with time and consequently it causes a change of color into yellow.
A futuristic chandelier made for the Swarovski Crystal Palace. The inspiration to Stardust came to Yoshioka in a dream in which he saw innumerable transparent particles of jewel-like light suspended in the air. The resulting design is a fusion of crystals and modern technology. Read more about it here.
21_21 Design Sight Exhibition 4 - Second Nature
An exhibition directed by Yoshioka called Second Nature. “I have tried to create a space, which will be retained in one’s memory like natural phenomenon that they had experienced before,” says the designer. Read more about it here.