MOROSO project + MOON chair | Tokujin Yoshioka

• May 16, 2011

Designed by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, TWILIGHT is a project installed in MOROSO Showroom during Milan design week, it was to display new chair series “MOON“. “MOON” is a chair inspired by the beauty of the moon, its glowing light and shadows. The chairs express the full moon when seen from above; the half moon when seen profile; and the crescent when seen from an angle.

The installation “TWILIGHT” is a space created through the use of light and its aura. It creates the scene where crepuscular rays break through the clouds and pour unto the ground. The work is suggestive of the natural phenomenon known as the angel’s ladder. It will to bring visitors the celestial experience of being embraced by the natural world.

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Sketch courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka stated,

Nature is beautiful, yet the unimaginable energy inheres behind its beauty. Its beauty uplifts our emotion, and resonant in our heart, yet sometimes shows its threatening expression.

We have witnessed nature’s threats with our own eyes, and we have been reminded by the the importance of living with nature.

I would like to think deeply about the nature and continue persuing the creation that seeks and express its elements of the beauty.

With the deepest hopes in our future, I am presenting an exhibition “TWILIGHT-Tokujin Yoshioka” at MOROSO Showroom.

Creating the space with the light and the aura, I will display a new chair series “MOON.”

MOON” is the chair as if sculpted from this beautiful rounded shape of the Moon. In this exhibition, the light reflects on the surface of the chairs and reveals the beauty of the various textures exist in the different kinds of white materials, such as plastics, and unique fabrics.

The space would remind people of the natural phenomenon, known as the angel’s ladder, and will bring visitors the celestial experience as if embraced by the natural world.

I hope the light of “TWILIGHT” will glow within people’s heart all over the world.

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MOON chair, image courtesy Alessandro Paderni

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MOON chair, image courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

If possible, I do not want to make a form. I think my design is just like a fluid and beautiful dress drape, which combines the smoothness and contingency at the same time. I believe that there is something that we cannot express only with CGs or drawings; design that appears as we feel, not as we think. It reminds me of the breathtaking scenery of clouds which I see from a window of an airplane.

Tokujin Yoshioka

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TWILIGHT, image courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

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TWILIGHT, image courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

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TWILIGHT, image courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

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TWILIGHT, image courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

+ About Tokujin Yoshioka
Tokujin Yoshioka Portrait Masahiro Okamura 600x805 MOROSO project + MOON chair | Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka, image courtesy Masahiro Okamura

Born in Saga, Japan in 1967. After worked under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, established his own studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design in 2000.

Tokujin has collaborated with various noted companies in and outside Japan such as HERMES, SWAROVSKI and ISSEY MIYAKE, which he has been doing shop design and installation.

The paper chair “Honey-pop” (2001), Yamagiwa’s lighting “ToFU” and cell phone “MEDIA SKIN” for au design project have been highly evaluated as art works simply more than design works and became a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums such as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

+ Major awards
  • Mainichi Design Award, 2001
  • Cultural Affairs Section of Government of Japan, Encourage Prize, 2006
  • Design Miami/Designer of the Year, 2007
  • Wallpaper Design Awards, 2008
  • Design for Asia Award (DFA Award), 2008
  • Elle Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA)/ Designer of the Year, 2009
  • Artist of the Year / TOKYO Design & Art ENVIROMENTAL AWARDS, 2010
  • A&W Architektur & Wohnen/Designer of the Year, 2011

Selected as one of “100 Japanese respected by the world” in Newsweek magazine of Japanese edition.

In 2009, Tokujin presented a new book ”Invisible Forms”, in which he gives away his own design theory.

In 2010, his portfolio book “TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA” is published from Rizzoli International.

+ All images courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka

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