Tokujin Yoshioka’s Crystal Venus
“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 before.” T. Yoshioka
Venus, T. Yoshioka (http://www.fengshuidana.com/2013/04/10/crystal-smoke-art/)
Reminiscent of Hellenic sculptures found at the ocean floor, centuries after submersion, covered with layers of white coral… but then again, nothing like that. Venus is the first “self-grown” chair. Part of the Second Nature, an exhibition made of objects that are grown out of salt crystals inside pools of water. The salt crystals are dissolved in the water in which the base of a chair is submerged. This base is made out of new materials/fibers that contain a chemical which attracts the crystals of salt.
Tokujin Yoshioka is a Japanese contemporary designer and installation artist. He was born in Saga, Japan in 1967. Mr. Yoshioka graduated from Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo. In his successful career he worked for famous fashion designer Issey Miyake for almost 20 years. He designed various spaces for Hermes, Toyota, Nisan, Swarovski, BMW and many others. Some of his most important works are a part of the permanent collection of MOMA NY, Pompidou Paris, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and others. He was awarded Designer of the Year by Design Miami 2007.
Second Nature, T. Yoshioka (http://thisispaper.com/TOKUJIN-YOSHIOKA-Second-Nature)
More about the artist: http://www.tokujin.com/en/
- Issey Miyake Reality Lab by Tokujin Yoshioka (dailyicon.net)