Last month, Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka was named Creator of 2012 by NOW! Design à Vivre, an award given to the most influential figures in design and architecture. The honor follows an exhibition at the Maision & Object in Paris, where Tokujin displayed his award-winning piece, Crystalized Project.
In 2007, Tokujin started researching crystalized objects, creating a process of chemical synthesis during which he is able to guide the development of crystals on a surface or within an enclosure. Essentially, he allows minerals to accumulate on the surface of the medium, which becomes coated in crystalline structures. Beyond that simple explanation, the specifics of the process remain a trade secret the artist holds close.
Tokujin sees Crystalized Project as a collaboration between the human artistic sense and the inadvertent beauty produced in nature. He says, “A form born from nature has a beauty that exceeds our imagination.”
Fiber structure & crystallization process
Venus- Natural Crystal Chair (2008)
Stellar at Milan Design Week
Image Courtesy of Design Boom, Tokujin Yoshioka