Written by Guest Blogger Madeline Rudin
Despite artist Tokujin Yoshioka‘s humble beginnings, working under designer Shiro Kuramata in 1987 and Issey Miyake from 1988 until the opening of his own space in 2000, Yoshioka’s works are on display in several of the worlds most prominent museums. From package design to architectural design, he has influenced a multitude of industries including fashion, automotive, jewelry and cosmetics, through his dynamic techniques and inventive uses of material.
The artist boasts several high profile collaborations; his most recent collaboration with Swarovski, completed this past Spring, includes a striking timepiece designed with octagonal mirrors and a crystal face to mimic natural light reflections on a body of water–now on the market. Yet, it is Yoshioka’s independent work that is most impressive, from his Honey-pop chair, which made waves in 2001, to his Crystalized Project exhibition, displayed at Maison & Objet last January. This latest collection, for which Yoshioka was named 2012 Creator of the Year, was inspired by his desire to address the connections between man and nature and the influences these relationships have on natural disaster.