New Work: Tokujin Yoshioka

August 2010

Tokujin Yoshioka’s work is characterized by an extraordinary attentiveness to detail and the development of an exploratory process unique unto him. He has gained wide recognition throughout the world for his installations that create ethereal experiences with the viewer. His original use of materials and methodology have resulted in exceptional forms and several design icons, such as Honey Pop chair, a chair made of honeycomb paper, precursor to the Tokyo Pop series in polypropylene.
Currently, Yoshioka is involved in two new projects. Rainbow Church is an eight meter-tall installation featuring prismatic refractions of light, while Snow forms part of the group exhibition Sensing Nature in Tokyo.

Museum Beyond Museum
Seoul, Korea
Exhibition Through August 15, 2010

As part of Yoshioka’s current solo exhibition, “Tokujin Yoshioka_SPECTRUM,” at the Museum beyond museum in Seoul (recently extended to August 15th), Rainbow Church is an eight-meter tall panel in which the designer, inspired by Henri Matisse’s use of colored glass and light at the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence, re-imagines the traditional medium of stained glass, projecting refracted light rainbows within the installation.

Featuring Tokujin Yoshioka, Takashi Kuribayashi, Taro Shinoda
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
July 24 – November 7, 2010

In addition to the Rainbow Church, Tokujin is participating in a group exhibit at the Mori Art Museum entitled Sensing Nature. With his contribution, Snow, the designer continues to create spatial works that integrate artificial materials, giving the viewer the sensation of experiencing light, snow, storms and other natural phenomena.

An expanded installation of a project first realized in 1997, Snow features fine feathers that are blown up by air and shower down, evoking the real experience of nature and the snowscapes of our memories. The effect is similar to looking at, or walking through a snowstorm. In this work, Yoshioka continues to explore the potential future of design and how it will incorporate natural principles and effects while utilizing scientific technologies.