‘tornado’ by tokujin yoshioka, 2007 ‘tokujin wading through the straws’ tokujin yoshioka’s ‘tornado’ installation was the main event at design miami 2007. tokujin was named this year’s designer of the year following previous winners marc newson and zaha hadid. yoshioka has sent us some images from the installation that consisted of millions of plastic drinking straws piled into maze-like arrangements inside miami’s moore building. throughout the mounds of straws were various chair design by yoshioka, including ‘honey pop’, ‘pane’ as well as the new ‘rainbow chair’ and another glass chair made from the same optical glass he used for his waterfall bar.

'tornado' by tokujin yoshioka ‘tornado’ by tokujin yoshioka, 2007 (featuring optical glass seating)

'tornado' by tokujin yoshioka ‘tornado’ by tokujin yoshioka, 2007 (featuring ‘rainbow chair’)

'tornado' by tokujin yoshioka ‘tornado’ by tokujin yoshioka, 2007 ‘visitors and tokujin enjoy the display’