l: tokujin yoshioka r: ‘air du temps 90x90' installation, 2004
was born in saga prefecture, japan in 1967.
after graduating from kuwasawa design school in tokyo,
he studied design under shiro kuramata (1987-1988)
and issey miyake (1988-1992) and went free-lance in 1992.
he established the tokujin yoshioka design office in 2000.
his works include shop design for issey miyake,
space design for nissan, bmw, shiseido.
he planned exhibitions for issey miyake, hermes,
muji and peugeot. his product design series known as
‘tokyo-pop’, based on his previous ‘honey-pop design,
has been introduced by driade. recent works include a
street furniture piece at roppongi hills entitled
‘chair disappears in the rain’.
he is the recipient of many international design awards.
we met tokujin yoshioka in milan on april 13th, 2004
db: describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
I want to move on.
... surprise people. in a simple way.
the reason why I select materials is not because they are
interesting or new, my constant research is how to make
materials even more interesting. this goes for colour too
and I’m integrating gravity and the surrounding space in
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