This is a report on Tokujin Yoshioka, this report will cover trademarks of the designer and some of his greatest workpieces. Born in Saga Prefecture, Japan in 1967.
Tokujin Yoshioka graduated from Kuwasawa Design School, Tokyo in 1986, studied under designers, Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake. His works are well-recognised globally, gaining recognition and has won many design awards internationally with a handful of his workpieces chosen as part of many permanent collections in museums around the world. He was also chosen by Newsweek magazine as the top 100 Most Respected Japanese in the World.TRADEMARK OF DESIGNER Tokujin Yoshioka is known for the simplicity and originality of his ideas and holistic approach to design. He is famed for his excellent work and amazing appreciation of light as a design material, he often uses optical media such as fibre optics, light installations and reflective-transparent materials. He uses common materials with such a creative approach that it brings out an entirely new experience for the user. The most noteworthy part of his works/creations is their graceful, light and surreal quality. All his works are the results of hours of complex research on variety of material, combined with experimental technology and inspiration from the nature.
GREATEST WORKPIECES Prismatic Cloud is a sculptural work made of light, unique perceptions of shape by giving a figure to all human senses making use of immaterialistic elements ‘Prismatic Cloud’ in 2000 An installation with 17,700 transparentrods are hung from the ceiling The inspiration for the ‘Pane Chair’ came when Tokujin Yoshioka came across the article about polyester elastomer and was especially interested about the fibrousstructures of the material, thus started to study the material and experiment by himself and came up with the “Pane Chair” during the process ‘Pane Chair’ in 2003 made of a translucent spongy material called polyester elastomerDESIGN PROCESSTokujin Yoshioka describes that the project development closely resembled cookery because throughout the different stages he had to try different ‘ingredients’ and do a lot of ‘oven baking’ before he got the appropriate recipe.The polyester fibres that are processed to become the chair’s material and structureSteps in preparing the material for oven baking, which will give the chair its ultimate formThe ‘Honey-pop chair’ is a complex work of origami, supported completely by hexagons made out of more than 120 layers of paper glued together.The cell-like paper construction allows light and air to penetrate into the chair. It is able to adjusts to the shape of the person sitting on it.
‘Honey-pop chair’ is the blend of ancient and 21st century technology ‘Honey-pop chair’ in 2001made of the type of paper that is used in Chinese lanterns DESIGN INFLUENCES Many of Tokujin Yoshioka’s works are heavily influenced by Japan, painter Henri Matisse and the nature.EXAMPLES”Blossom Stool” in 2016 “Water Block” in 2002 Collaboration work with Louis Vuitton Renovation project of musée d’orsay, Paris REPRESENTATIVE WORKSStarted in 2001, Chairs made of natural structure Started in 2002, Glass projectsAWARDSTokujin Yoshioka has won many international awards, including Design Miami Designer of 2007, which is presented to a designer who has made the great contributions to the design community globally, Elle Deco International Design Awards in 2016 and Milano Design Award 2017 in Italy ‘Design Miami’ in 2007 To recognize a prominent designer, whose work demonstrates excellence, uniqueness, and inspiration, pushing the limitations in all forms arts and design’Milano Design Award’ in 2017To recognize the most unique experiences presented to the visitor and identify the aesthetic expressions that best interprets a contemporary design and a future conceptual vision