Sought after around the world by Cartier, Kartell and Swarovski to name just a few, designer and artist Tokujin Yoshioka is in Sydney to complete a major solo exhibition Waterfall, developed by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. I first saw Tokujin Yoshioka's work in Tokyo in 2002. Walking past Issey Miyake's A-POC ('a piece of cloth') store in Aoyama, also designed by Yoshioka, my eyes caught the feathery silhouette of Honey-Pop – a family of chairs each made from around 150 sheets of glassine paper – all light as a feather yet sturdy enough to recline on. It was the most exciting thing on show during Tokyo Designers' Block that year.
Although Tokujin was virtually unknown in Italy in 2002, he had a solid reputation back home in Japan. That reputation has won him numerous awards including the prestigious Design Miami 'Designer of the Year' in 2007, and extended his collection of work to include Tokyo-Pop for Driade, The Invisibles for Kartell, a new watch collaboration with Issey Miyake and the Time Art series for Cartier.
In Tokujin Yoshioka's artful, ephemeral designs that captivate audiences. the secret is in the material surprise. His often playful experimentation with materials and shapes is based on extensive research, the balance between gravity and lightness engaging us with something unexpected.
Waterfall will be unveiled at the Sherman Gallery in Sydney on 6 October and run for three months. Space and more space magazine are supporters of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and the Tokujin Yoshioka project so stay tuned for news on special events and exclusive coverage of the work in progress.