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Tokujin Yoshioka

Designer Tokujin Yoshioka has recreated Tornado Installation to accompany a solo exhibition of his work at the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, in his hometown of Kyushu, Japan. Renowned for his work with luxury houses like Issey Miyake, Cartier, Hermès, Lexus, Kartell, and Swarovski, the artist/designer sets the stage for this retrospective with white plastic drinking straws.

 

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The show of the influential designer’s work inaugurates the museum galleries, renovated under his supervision, and the scenography is an extraordinary recreation of his Designer of the Year installation originally shown at the 2007 Design Miami Fair.

 

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Over two million straws rise and fall like storm clouds throughout the galleries, mimicking the violence of a tornado. Clear pathways allowed visitors to discover iconic designs hidden beside/behind/beyond the straws. The dramatic setting underlines the simplicity and quiet of Yoshioka’s best-known work, such as the ‘Water Block’ bench, the ‘Honey-pop’ sculpted paper armchair that molds to fit the sitter, and the ‘Venus’ chair, grown in a liquid-filled tank as crystals formed on a sponge-like foundation.
TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_TORNADO 2 July through 2 August 2015.