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Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, photographed by Masahiro Okamura.

Tokujin Yoshioka

Two million plastic drinking straws fill an exhibition space like haystacks of spun silk; a chair is “grown” from crystals in a transparent tank—Tokujin Yoshioka’s work is characterized by a nod to the ethereal. After learning the trade from legendary industrial designer Shiro Kuramata and fashion icon Issey Miyake, the soft-spoken Japanese designer established his own studio in 2000. From products with Moroso and Swarovski, to retail spaces for Camper, to challenging architectural projects, Yoshioka’s emphasis on the experience of design allows his “experiments” to truly transcend corporeal limitations.
February 13, 2011
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