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PROFILE

Born in Saga Prefecture, Japan in 1967.
After graduating from Kuwasawa Design School, Tokyo in 1986, studied under designers, Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake.
Established Tokujin Yoshioka Inc. in 2000.
Active in the fields of design, contemporary art and architecture, with works transcending human senses and themed in nature, he is highly acclaimed globally.

By giving figure to various human senses, using immaterialistic elements, such as light, sound and smell, creates expressions that is unique, surpassing the concept of shape. His work is by no means restricted to the mere recreation of the beauty of nature. By introducing experimental methods into his expressions of natural energy, scientific principles and the elements of natural structure, he creates stunning works which transcend human senses in that those who come in contact with them experience them personally, via their own memory and senses. His works also reflect concept of nature inherently Japanese, pursuing roots of Japanese culture that perceptualize natural energy and aura.

He has designed for Issey Miyake and other global companies such as Cartier, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Toyota, and Lexus, and has been announcing new works at Salone del Mobile Milano (world’s largest international furniture exhibition) in collaboration with Italian furniture brands, including Kartell, Moroso, Glas Italia and Driade.
He has won many international awards, including Design Miami Designer of the Year, presented to a designer who has made the most significant contribution to design globally, Elle Deco International Design Awards Designer of the Yea and Milano Design Award.
He was chosen by Newsweek magazine as one of the 100 Most Respected Japanese in the World.

Representative Works

2000 Tokujin Yoshioka Design

2000 TōFU / Yamagiwa

2001 Honey-pop

2001 THINK ZONE / MORI building

2002 Water Block

2002 Transparent Japanese House

2002〜2003 Chair that disappears in the rain

2004 Souffle / Maison Hermès

2005〜2007 MEDIASKIN / au design project KDDI

2006 The Gate – Tokujin Yoshioka x Lexus L-finesse

2006 Waterfall

2006 PANE chair

2007 Tornado / Design Miami

2007 Rainbow chair

2007 Tear Drop / Yamagiwa

2006〜2008 Swarovski Ginza flagship store

2007〜2008 VENUS – Natural crystal chair

2007〜2008 Crystallized Painting – Moonlight / Destiny / Unfinished

2008 Eternal / Swarovski Crystal Palace

2010, 1997 Snow

2009 Moon Fragment / Cartier

2009 Lake of Shimmer / Basel World / Swarovski

2010 X-RAY / KDDI iida

2010 Stellar / Swarovski Crystal Palace

2010, 2013 Rainbow Church

2011 KOU-AN Glass Tea House / The 54th La Biennale di Venezia – Glasstress 2011

2011 Musée d'Orsay, The Impressionist Gallery renewal project

2013 Crystallized Painting – Swan Lake, Spider's Thread, Rose

2013 Wings of Sparkle / Basel World / Swarovski

2014 Cartier Time Art – Mechanic of Passion / Power Station of Art

2011〜2015 KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Shogunzuka Seiryu-den, Kyoto

2017 Spectrum

2017 Water Block – KATANA

2017 S.F chair

Major Exhibitions

1998〜2000 ISSEY MIYAKE Making Things / Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Ace Gallery NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

2002 Tokujin Yoshioka Honey-pop, MDS/G

2005〜2006 Tokujin Yoshioka x Lexus / Museum of Permanente

2005 Stardust / Swarovski Crystal Palace / Milano Design Week

2007 Tornado / Design Miami / Designer of the year 2007

2007 Tokujin x Moroso / Milano Design Week

2009 Story of … Memories of Cartier Creations / Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan

2008 Second Nature / 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

2010 Sensing Nature / Mori Art Museum

2010 The Invisibles Snowflake / Kartell Gallery

2011 TWILIGHT - Tokujin Yoshioka / Moroso / Milano Design Week

2011 Tokujin Yoshioka : Waterfall / Sharman Contemporary Art Foundation

2011 KOU-AN Glass Tea House / The 54th La Biennale di Venezia – Glasstress 2011

2011〜2012, 2014 Cartier Time Art / Bellerive Museum, Artscience Museum, Power Station of Art

2012 TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA 2012 CREATOR OF THE YEAR / Maison & Objet

2013 TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_Crystallize / Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

2014 La Biennale di Venezia – The 14th International Architecture Exhibition 2014

2015 Make Yourself Comfortable / Chatsworth House

2015 TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_TORNADO / Saga Prefectural Art Museum

2015 KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Shogunzuka Seiryu-den, Kyoto

2017 TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_SPECTRUM / Shiseido Gallery

2017 TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA x LG : S.F / Milano Design Week

 

 

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AWARD

1997 JCD Design Award – Grand prize (Japan)

2000 I.D. Annual Design Review (USA)

2001 I.D. Annual Design Review (USA), A&W Award The Coming Designer for the Future (Germany)

2002 Mainichi Design Award 2001 (Japan)

2005 Talents du Luxe (France)

2007 The 57th Art Encouragement Prizes for New Artiest (Japan)

2007 Good Design Award – Gold prize (Japan)

2007 Design Miami – Designer of the Year 2007 (USA)

2008 Wallpaper Design Awards 2008 – Best furniture designer (UK)

2008 DFA Design for Asia Awards 2008 – Grand Award (Hong Kong)

2009 ELLE DECO International Design Awards – Designer of the Year 2009 (Italy)

2010 The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010 (USA)

2010 TOKYO Design & Art ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS – Artist of the Year (Japan)

2011 A&W Architektur & Wohnen – Designer of the Year 2011 (Germany)

2012 Maison & Objet – Creator of the Year 2012 (France)

2016 ELLE DECO International Design Awards (EDIDA) 2016 (Italy)

2017 Milano Design Award 2017 – Winner (Italy)

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PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (USA)

Centre Pompidou (Centre national d'art et de culture Georges-Pompidou) (France)

Musée d'Orsay (France)

Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (France)

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) (UK)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA)

Vitra Design Museum (Germany)

The Art Institute of Chicago (USA)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (USA)

Saint Louis Art museum (USA)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) (Canada)

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (Japan)

Israel Museum (Israel)

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (Republic of Korea)