tokujin yoshioka creates a honeycomb phenomenon for mutina tokujin yoshioka creates a honeycomb phenomenon for mutina
oct 14, 2010

tokujin yoshioka creates a honeycomb phenomenon for mutina

tokujin yoshioka creates a honeycomb phenomenon for mutina image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.



in recent years, japanese designer tokujin yoshioka has aimed to incorporate the law of nature into his designs and pursued the elements of sensation in human beings. his new project ‘phenomenon’ is a collection of ceramic tiles for italian ceramic design company mutina, consisting of the series ‘snow’, ‘honeycomb’ and ‘rain’ that draws on natural phenomena, showing the relationship between humans and nature.


‘… in this collaboration with mutina, I have pondered in designing ceramic tiles, which express the textures of the material derived from nature. my intention is not to manipulate the appearance of nature, but to create a design, which stirs one’s heart and imagination and remains deep inside one’s memory. ‘phenomenon’ integrates small substances and produces both depth and expanse. various expressions, such as honeycomb, snow crystal, icicle, plant cells evoke one’s memory of the scenery in nature. the flooring series, ‘snow’, adopt the texture of japanese paper.’ says tokujin yoshioka.

honeycomb pattern image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.



‘... I have selected colors and materials that can express the magnificence of the natural texture to the fullest. the main color of the product is white, which I intend to emphasize the contrast of light and shadow when applying the light over the surface… even though the material was arranged as ceramic in advance, I did numerous experiments and research in order to draw out the most beautiful aspect of the material itself.‘ yoshioka continues.

‘phenomenon’ ceramic tiles collection image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.




‘in my opinion, italian design has weight on originality and uniqueness while japanese design has poetic feeling, which I think is heavily influenced by the essence of nature. for this project, through the texture of italian ceramic, I intended to express the essence of coincidence existing only for a moment just as the beauty of nature.’ – tokujin yoshioka

tokujin yoshioka image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.

‘rain’ and ‘honeycomb’ series image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.

image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.

close up image courtesy of tokujin yoshioka design inc.

  • push it

    mstndvn says:
  • love

    shai says:
  • Formal success, good work.
    But ceramic tiles have an inherent function too, that of providing a clean surface. Not sure of a suitable application for the more interesting of these experiments…..pity.

    mr says:
  • very intriguing.
    i think the matriality is definitely achieved.
    love it

    TN says:
  • Nice idea with a very nice visual result.

    Nanoverso says:
  • @mr +1

    the Turk says:
  • great design
    Veery similar effect than historical mosaic designed by Giovanni Barbieri on his

    Paola Biasibetti says:
  • Formally successful!

    Gian says:
  • hard to clean

    lero says:

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