Venus is the latest project by Tokujin Yoshioka, a Japanese designer. It is a ‘Natural Crystal Chair’, the production process is so different than any other chair out there. A substrate made of polyester elastomer forms the skeleton and is submerged in a tank, here grow the crystals on that substrate.
The chair is “grown” in a tank as crystals form on a sponge-like substrate.Nature shows us a beauty that exceeds our imagination. On the other hand, it contains a strength that is sometimes frightening. The forms of nature are unique and cannot be reproduced. This endows them with mysterious beauty and makes them fascinating to us.
“I believe that a design is not something that is completed through being given a form, but rather something that is completed by the human heart. I also feel that incorporating the principles and movements of nature into ideas will become something important in future design. I am sometimes surprised at how people who have seen my space installations talk to me about them while seeming to superimpose these works on the natural phenomena that they themselves have experienced.”
Future designs created by fusing technology and the life force with the imaginative powers that spring up from the “nature” that exists deep in each person’s memory; future-oriented ideas born from once again inquiring of the Earth – that is the “second nature” that I envision. – Tokujin Yoshioka, Exhibition Director