Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka

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Born in 1967. Established Tokujin Yoshioka Inc. in 2000. His works, which transcend the boundaries of product design, architecture, and exhibition installation, are highly evaluated also as art. His representative works include the paper chair “Honey-pop”, “PANE chair”, "VENUS - Natural crystal chair”, Swarovski Crystal Palace “STARDUST” “Stellar”, YAMAGIWA’s lighting “TōFU” “Tear Drop”, and “MEDIA SKIN” "X-RAY" for au design project. "Water Block", a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in Musée d'Orsay, Paris. As some of the other important works, he designed the SWAROVSKI’s flagship store in Ginza and a number of boutiques for ISSEY MIYAKE. He has collaborated with various leading companies such as Hermès, BMW, MOROSO, TOYOTA, LEXUS. He also directed exhibition such as "Second Nature" at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in 2008, and Cartier’s special exhibition "Story of . . ." - Memories of Cartier creations (2009), and "Cartier Time Art" (2011). Many of his works are displayed as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum. He received prizes such as “Mainichi Design Award, 2001”, “Cultural Affairs Section of Government of Japan, Encourage Prize, 2006”, “Design Miami, Designer of the Year, 2007”, “Elle Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA)/ Designer of the Year 2009”, "TOKYO Design & Art ENVIROMENTAL AWARDS / Artist of the Year 2010", "A&W Architektur & Wohnen/Designer of the Year 2011", and "Maison & Objet/ Creator of the Year 2012". His books are “TOKUJIN DESIGN” (Gap Publication), “Tokujin Yoshioka Design” (Phaidon Press), “Invisible Forms” (Access Publishing), “TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA” (Rizzoli International Publications ). Appeared in television broadcaster TBS’s documentary program, “Jonetsu Tairiku” and selected by the Japanese edition of Newsweek as one of the “100 most respected Japanese by the world," and "The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010" by Fast Company magazine in America.