Tokujin Yoshioka

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Tokujin Yoshioka
Tokujin Yoshioka
Born (1967-01-20) January 20, 1967 (age 56)
Known forDesign, contemporary art

Tokujin Yoshioka (吉岡徳仁, Yoshioka Tokujin, born January 20, 1967) is a Japanese designer and artist active in the fields of design, architecture and contemporary art. Some of his works are part of permanent collections in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. [1] In 2007, he was named by Newsweek one of the 100 most respected Japanese in the world. [2]



Tokujin Yoshioka was born in Saga Prefecture, Japan in 1967. After graduating from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo in 1988, he studied under the designers Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake. [3]

He established his own shop, Tokujin Yoshioka Inc., in 2000. [4] He has designed for Issey Miyake and other global companies such as Cartier, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Toyota, and Lexus, and has been announcing new works at Salone del Mobile Milano [5] (world's largest international furniture exhibition) in collaboration with Italian furniture brands, including Kartell, Moroso, Glas Italia and Driade.

Tornado / Design Miami 2007 [Tornado] /Design Miami/2007.jpg
Tornado / Design Miami 2007


Active in the fields of design, architecture and contemporary art, he creates works under the theme of light and nature, which also reflect the Japanese idea of beauty. By using immaterial elements, such as light, he creates unique expressions that go beyond the concept of shape.

Representative works

Chairs created out of natural structure, 2001

Water Block (2002) [Water Block - garasunobenchi] /oruseMei Shu Guan /2011(2002).jpg
Water Block (2002)

Paper chair 'Honey-pop' (2000) is a chair that changes shape from plane to three-dimensional. By spreading open a 1 cm layer of 120 layers of thin paper, a honeycomb structure is born, and only when a person sits on it, the shape is fixed and the work is completed. [6] 'PANE chair' (2006) is made like fiberous structure of plants, creating a structure with thin fibers of 1mm intertwining. During the production process, a block made of fibers is placed in a paper duct and put in oven as if baking a bread and by adding heat, the form of chair is shape memorized and completed. Chair made of natural crystals 'Venus – Natural crystal chair' (2008) is a work that is transformed into a chair by growing natural crystals in a water tank to create crystalline structure.

Glass projects, 2002

Has announced starting with glass bench 'Water Block' (2002), 'Transparent Japanese House '(2002), 'Chair that disappears in the rain' (2002), 'Waterfall' (2005–2006), 'Glass Tea House – KOU-AN' (2011), 'Water Block – PRISM' (2017). Glass bench 'Water Block' has been exhibited at Musée d'Orsay in Paris since 2011.

Musee d'Orsay, Paris, 2011 Water Block (2002) [Water Block - garasunobenchi] /2002.jpg
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2011 Water Block (2002)

Musée d' Orsay, Paris, 2011

At Musée d' Orsay in Paris, participated in renewal project of the Impressionists Gallery. Together with works of representative Impressionists, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 10 'Water Blocks', glass bench is permanently displayed. It blend in with light painted by the Impressionists painters, creating a space that starts a new conversation between history and contemporary. [7]

Crystallized Project, 2008

Natural crystal chair 'VENUS – Natural crystal chair' (2008) is a work in which in a water tank, natural crystals are grown to form crystalline structures and transformed into a chair. One music piece creates one painting. With crystal paintings, 'Swan Lake', 'Destiny' and 'Moonlight', music is played during the growth process of crystals and is completed when forms of crystals are changed with the vibrations of sound. 'Rose' is a sculpture crystallizing colour pigments of rose, expressing the energy of life. [8]

Rainbow Church, 2010, 2013

Architecture created using more than 500 crystal prisms, the 'Rainbow Church ', focuses on human sense of light perception, and is a work that is completed when a person experiences light. It is an architecture that expresses light itself, filling the space with rainbow colors as light is dispersed by prisms. [9]

Glass Tea House – KOU-AN, 2011

At the 54th Venezia Biennnale International Art Exhibition, Glasstress 2011, the collateral event of the 54th La Biennale di Vennezia, the glass tea house – KOU-AN was presented as an architectural project and in 2015, was built on the stage (observation deck) of Shogun-zuka, a mound of Shogun, Seiryu-den, which is a precinct of Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple. [10] Ao (Blue) Fudo Myo-o statue, a national treasure, one of the three great Fudo, god of fire, is dedicated to Seiryu-den. From its 220 meters altitude big stage, you can enjoy a panoramic view over Kyoto city below. In the year 794, Emperor Kanmu visited this place and appreciating its basin formation (landscape) was convinced that Kyoto is the most suitable place to be designated a capital, initiating construction of the ancient capital city. So, it is said that this is the original point where ancient capital city of Kyoto, a city that symbolizes Japanese culture began. [11]

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Torch

On March 20, 2019, the torch for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was unveiled. The torch was designed by Yoshioka to be built in the shape of an iconic Japanese cherry blossom (sakura) flower using the aluminium extrusion manufacturing technology employed to produce Shinkansen bullet trains. [12] He also designed the Paralympic torch for the 2020 Summer Paralympics. [13]

Representative works

Snow / Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2010 (1997) [Snow] .jpg
Snow / Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2010 (1997)
Honey-pop (2001) [Honey-pop] /2001.jpg
Honey-pop (2001)
VENUS - Natural crystal chair (2007) Crystal.chair.jpg
VENUS – Natural crystal chair (2007)
Rainbow Church (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2013 Rainbow Church01.jpg
Rainbow Church (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2013
Glass Tea House - KOU-AN (2011) at Shogunzuka Seiryu-den, Kyoto 2015-2017 2011-2017 KOU-AN 03.jpg
Glass Tea HouseKOU-AN (2011) at Shogunzuka Seiryu-den, Kyoto 2015–2017

Major exhibitions

Glass Tea House - KOU-AN (2011) at Shogunzuka Seiryu-den, Kyoto 2015-2017 [garasunoCha Shi  - Guang An ] /Jing Du Jiang Jun Zhong Qing Long Dian /2015(2011.jpg
Glass Tea HouseKOU-AN (2011) at Shogunzuka Seiryu-den, Kyoto 2015–2017

Permanent collections

Major awards

Publications, collection of works

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