tokujin yoshioka: element table for desalto tokujin yoshioka: element table for desalto
mar 19, 2013

tokujin yoshioka: element table for desalto

the main feature of each ‘element’ table is an elongated box which stands as the central support between base and top



tokujin yoshioka has experimented extensively with the process of growing crystals to create different furniture forms (as seen in his ‘venus’ natural crystal chair which designboom covered here and here). in continuing with this exploration, he has translated that research into abstracted representations of the natural structures expressed in the form of the ‘element’ table collection. each piece is based on a metal elongated box which stands as the central support between base and top. considered the signature feature,these rectangular prisms are set at inclined positions which are determined depending on their function as a side or dining table; ultimately breaking the optical balance of perpendicularity. the stainless steel and aluminium works are a result of the japanese designer’s close collaboration with italain company desalto who specializes in metalworking techniques, and will debut at the 2013 salone del mobile.



each rectangular prism is set at an inclined position which is determined depending on its function as a side or dining table

dining table version



expression of the side table’s scale

some of the tables feature more than one elongated box to achieve certain heights



support to table top view



base view




‘element’ table collection by tokujin yoshioka for desalto



explorations on form based on the process of growing crystals



tokujin yoshioka at desalto discussing final adjustments on some of the pieces





concept sketch by tokujin yoshioka



concept sketch by tokujin yoshioka


  • These are classics. Well done Mr Yoshioka! The rigorous research and execution both pay off here.

    blau says:

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