Tokujin Yoshioka, the Japanese designer and artist, was born in 1967.
He worked under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake and then
established his own studio, Tokujin Yoshioka, Inc., in 2000.
His experimental and innovative creations in art, design
and architecture, with nature themes and transcending human
senses, are acclaimed worldwide. He has received numerous
international design awards, such as the 2007 Design Miami
Designer of the Year prize. His “Honey-pop” paper chair (2001),
the “Pane” chair based on bread-baking principles (2006) and
the Glass project, which began in 2002, are art masterpieces
that have been hailed around the world.
Some of his most important works are exhibited in the permanent
collections of the world’s best-known museums, such as the Museum
of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Le Centre National d’Art
et de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris, London’s Victoria and
Albert Museum, New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design
Museum and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Some pieces of “Water Block” are permanently displayed
with masterpieces from Monet, Cezanne and Renoir
in the Impressionist Gallery at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
His important architectural projects include “Rainbow Church”-
the stained glass structure composed of crystal prisms – and
“KOU-AN Glass Tea House”, which was exhibited at Seiryu-den
in Kyoto, a temple listed as one of Japan’s national treasures.
Tokujin Yoshioka is a master in creating innovative, nature-inspired
designs. He transformed the Monogram flower to create
the Blossom Vase, a design from Louis Vuitton’s Petits Nomades
collection. Each vase is a masterpiece of twisted glass, handcrafted
by expert glassblowers from Murano, Italy. It can be used as either
a vase, perfect for displaying a floral bouquet, or simply
as a beautiful decorative object.