The Crystal Chair

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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To build a chair usually does not begin with filling a large glass tank with water, nor does it involve submerging polyester fibers. This is the approach of visionary Japanese industrial designer Tokujin Yoshioka, who in doing so has developed the beautiful and poetic Venus Natural Crystal Chair.

He exhibited the chair of tiny crystals at the 21_21 Design Sight Gallery in Tokyo to great attention and acclaim. The secret to the design is a special mineral formula he adds to the water, which makes the tiny crystals grow on the polyester fibers.

It is a study in elegance inherent in the random, and the result is something one-of-a-kind and thoroughly arresting. It looks like the future. If only the crystal object could reveal the future. 


Jamie Waugh


After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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