Tokujin Yoshioka - Moss New York Monday, October 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the manufacturer

  • Exhibited

    Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, April 17-22, 2012

  • Catalogue Essay

    I’ve been following, with growing admiration, the work of Tokujin Yoshioka since he first arrived at Moss, ten years ago, unannounced, with his now-famous ‘Honey-pop’ chair still flat under his arm. He surprised me with his sudden peeling open of the honeycomb paper, followed by his very quickly forming the chair by sitting on it (in a rather aggressive manner), giving it permanently the impression of his body. He left that chair for me as a gift, or rather, as his version of a kind of business card.

    Occasionally an exceptionally fruitful relationship between a manufacturer and a designer develops: Enzo Mari for Danese, Philippe Starck for Kartell, Achille Castiglioni for FLOS. This is the case between Tokujin and GlasItalia, the highly innovative, experimental, passionately directed and technically advanced Italian glass producer. ‘Luminous table’ is a remarkable new work introduced only months ago at the 2012 Milan Salone del Mobile. This table is the original prototype: the very first piece made, and the table exhibited at the Fair, where I acquired it directly. It is remarkable for its engineering: the corners of the tabletop, where all of the planes of glass converge, are engineered so beautifully as to suggest a faceted diamond, creating points of energy and reflection which become the ‘decoration’ of this otherwise so simple, reductive work. In its lightness and engineering, ‘Luminous table’ embodies fully the development of Tokujin’s unique approach - a kind of tecno-poetry, gleaned through his years of collaboration with masters Issey Miyake and Shiro Kuramata.


Prototype ‘Luminous table’

29 x 86 x 36 in (73.7 x 218.4 x 91.4 cm)
Produced by GlasItalia, Italy.

$12,000 - 18,000 


16 October 2012
New York