Tokujin Yoshioka - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips
  • Literature

    M. Fairs, Twenty-first Century Design, London, 2006, pp. 160-161; G. Williams, The Furniture Machine, Furniture Since 1990, London, 2006, p. 106; P. Antonelli, Objects of Design, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2003, p. 280; ‘From Paper to Plastic’, Domus, May, 2002, p. 108; ‘Yoshioka Tokujin Driade’, Abitare, April, 2002, pp. 192, 194 and p. 193 for a drawing; Riyu Niimi, et al., Tokujin Yoshioka Design, London, 2006, pp. 22 and 126-131

  • Catalogue Essay

    TokujinYoshioka studied under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake until opening his own design studio in 2000. His first chair, the ‘Honey Pop’ for the Italian manufacturer Driade, was created from 120 pieces of precisioncut and glued glassine paper, and was introduced at the 2002 Salone del Mobile in Milan.The ‘Honey Pop’ chair quickly made its way into the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum in Cologne, Germany, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. Of his own work, Yoshioka states ‘I attempt to transcend banality with a form of experimental layering that elevates the work. My objective is to create something that no one has done before’.


‘Honey Pop’ chair

designed 2002, executed 2008

Glassine paper.

80 cm. (31 1/2 in) high.

Produced byTokujinYoshioka Design, Japan. Number 156 from an edition of 300. Lower left signed in marker ‘8 Feb, 2008TokujinY. 156/300’.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £11,875

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm