Yoshioka Tokujin

Yoshioka Tokujin
Yoshioka Tokujin (born January 20, 1967) is a Japanese artist and designer.

Many of his works are part of the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. In 2007, Yoshioka was selected by the Japanese edition of Newsweek as one of the "100 most respected Japanese by the world."


Yoshioka was born in Saga Prefecture in 1967. After graduating from Kuwasawa Design School in 1986, he worked under Kuramata Shiro and Issey Miyake before becoming a freelance designer in 1992. In 2000 he established his own office, Tokujin Yoshioka Design.


Yoshioka's recent notable work would be the store design concepts for Swarovski, including his work for the Swarovski flagship in Ginza. In the line of space designs, Yoshioka has been producing the boutique designs for Issey Miyake for more than 20 years, and have provided space designs for Toyota, Hermes, Lexus, Peugeot, NTT, BMW, and for cosmetic brands as RMK and SUQQU, which also involved works for their product package designs. He has also done a number of collaborations with Italian furniture manufactures including Cassina, Driade, Kartell, and Moroso. Some of his furniture works are presented at Salone del Mobile. Other collaborative works in the past include the Yamagiwa lighting "Tofu", the mobile phones design produced for the au design project "Media Skin", the iida "X-Ray", the chandeliers of the Swarovski Crystal Palace, the stool "Eternal", and the fiber chair "Pane Chair". Since 2002, Yoshioka has been working on optical glass projects including "Water block", "Chair that disappears in the rain", and the world biggest optical glass table "Waterfall" and "Water block" is permanently exhibited in Musee d'Orsay, Paris. He has also presented several space installations, including those at the Salone del Mobile for Lexus, Swarovski and Moroso. In 2008, he directed the exhibition "Second Nature" held at 21_21DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo, where he presented "Venus - Natural crystal chair, " a work based on his theory of applying natural laws into his design, and the installation "Clouds - Installation." The following year in 2009, he directed Cartier's special exhibition "Story of..." - Memories of Cartier Creations, where he exhibited the perfume bottle "Moon Fragment" as a work representing the future of Cartier. In 2010, the exhibition "Tokujin Yoshioka Spectrum" was shown in Korea. This included the partially completed "Rainbow Church" installation, a 9 metre high stained glass consisting of 500 crystal prisms. The "Sensing Nature" exhibition the same year at the Mori Art Museum included the 15 metre-wide dynamic installation "Snow".