Tokujin Yoshioka is a very renowned designer that created a contemporary art installation based in paradise, I could say, … as the whiteness of the place breathes serenity and peace.
Yoshioka, who worked for fashion designer Issey Miyake before starting his own studio in 2000, is known for his ephemeral installations and furniture pieces.
An installation of more than two million translucent straws provides the setting for a retrospective exhibition of work by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.
Yoshioka created the Tornado installation as a backdrop for a solo exhibition of his work at the Saga Prefectural Art Museum – located on the island of Kyushu, where the designer grew up. The straws are arranged to look like a tornado, with swirling forms spanning across the exhibition spaces, which have recently undergone renovation work supervised by Yoshioka. Haphazardly jumbled straws burst through doorways, circle around columns and pile up in heaps around the spaces. Thin pathways remain clear of the piled straws, allowing visitors to walk through the exhibition and find the items on display.
These include the 2001 Honey-pop Armchair, sculpted from a paper honeycomb, and the 2002 Water Block bench designed to look like solidified liquid. The 2008 Venus chair, which was grown in a tank as crystals formed on a sponge-like substrate, is also on show.
A large space free of straws is dedicated to displaying versions of Yoshioka’s plastic furniture for Kartell – with patterned surfaces resembling cut-crystal glasses – which are arranged on the exposed concrete floor in front of a glowing white projection.