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’.
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
‘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