tokujin yoshioka: 'the invisibles' for kartell tokujin yoshioka: 'the invisibles' for kartell
mar 18, 2010

tokujin yoshioka: 'the invisibles' for kartell

tokujin yoshioka: ‘the invisibles’ for kartell

 

 

 

‘the invisibles’ is the result of the latest collaboration between japanese designer tokujin yoshioka and kartell. the series comes ten years after the ‘invention’ of transparency, in which the italian brand expresses a new stylistic approach to ‘invisible furniture’.

‘invisible’ chair

 

 

 

consisting of tables, sofas, armchairs and benches, yoshioka has designed a family of objects where the play of the evanescence of transparency is all-encompassing. the pieces share a lightness, complete in visual clarity, but still have a feeling of solidness–the maxi forms exhibiting a thickness which has never been seen in polycarbonate design pieces previously. ‘the invisibles’ is a continuation of the japanese designer’s exploration of the ethereal, combined with kartell’s desire to invest in its own technological ‘know-how’ in order to give life to new forms.

tokujin yoshioka sitting on the ‘invisible’ armchair

 

 

 

‘in recent years, I have proposed designs, which include natural phenomena and invisible elements such as sense, wind and light. ‘the invisibles’ is a special collection for kartell which leaves one with the sense of sitting in the air. the presence of the object is eradicated and creates a scene where the sitter appears to be floating. it is as if the physical presence of the object has been uprooted and gives life to a ‘floating scenario’. even the installation (‘snowflake’) gives visitors the sensation of entering an unreal world.‘ – tokujin yoshioka

‘invisible’ table

 

‘snowflake’, 2010

 

 

 

‘snowflake’ is a poetic installation in which yoshioka creates a serene world with multiple transparent prism sticks in plastic. this mass accumulation of transparent elements, are tainted with white to give the effect of snow. it will be installed at the kartell flagship store and act as a backdrop for the official presentation of ‘the invisibles’ during milan design week 2010.

one of the plastic prism sticks which will be used to create the effect of ‘snow’

 

‘invisible’ chair sketch

 

‘snowflake’ installation sketch

  • Cannot wait to see that installation. Tokujin Yoshioka has a great instinct for space alteration.

    o-o says:
  • Of course many of Shiro Kuramata’s illusions of form come into mind. “How High the Moon Armchair”, “Glass Chair” “Miss Blanche”… Design Boom published them time ago http://www.designboom.com/portrait/kuramata03.html

    KAREN says:
  • Tokujin Yoshioka studied design under Shiro Kuramata (from 1987 to 1988).
    I guess it is kind of ‘hommage’ to a great master, at least
    on a subconscious level.

    Timo says:
  • I think this work is really beautiful

    jill says:
  • faf – I don’t think it is glued together.
    Kartell is usually more inventive.
    you would see the glue and it would be ugly.
    I guess Tokujin Yoshioka has a more lightweight and cleaner solution in mind.

    Gilberto says:

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