In 2017, he was Grand Prix winner of the Lexus Design Award for PIXEL, a wall of hollow building blocks that channel and transform light. The year before, he was a finalist for Plants-Skins, a ceramic planter that changes color when the soil is dry. "I had a mortar pot, and I knew when to water my plant by how wet the mortar was," he says of the idea's genesis. To get a similar effect, Yoshizoe used hydrochromic ink, which he knew about from his family's book-bindery business.
We asked the breakout designer about who inspires him, his most treasured possessions, and what daily rituals get him in the zone. Read the answers below.
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Current location: Tokyo, Japan
Something you always carry with you: Pen, iPhone.
First childhood memory related to design: Drawing on cardboard larger than myself at my father's book binding factory; swimming in a pool of paper off cuts waiting to be thrown away.
Daily ritual to get into a creative space: Viewing scenery, finding reasons behind the scenery; secretly viewing faces of people on the streets, and finding out what they are staring at.
Person you most admire: My father and mother.
Talent you would most like to have: Talent to speak multiple languages.
A word or phrase that is guiding you currently: To discover and share wins over creating.
Your most treasured possession: People in my life.
Advice you would give yourself five years ago: Draw more.
Describe your work in one word: Time and space.
Favorite or least favorite design trend: I don't have any, since I tend to view design trends with a neutral mind.
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