Tokujin Yoshioka - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, 2006

  • Literature

    “Thanks to the National Geographic Pane chair,” Domus, April 2006, pp. 115-117; “A Spatial Poetry,” Casa Brutus, June 2006, p. 90; “Pane chair,” AXIS, June 2006 vol. 121, pp. 7-9; “Tokujin Yoshioka,” ELLEDECO, April 2006, pp. 139-147; Paola Antonelli, Tokujin Yoshioka, London, 2006, n.p. for discussion on Tokujin Yoshioka works

  • Catalogue Essay

    Three years in development, Tokujin Yoshioka’s “PANE" chair was inspired by a National Geographic article on the scientific and technological possibilities of fibers and textiles. This article inspired Yoshioka to explore the area and apply his findings to his design repertoire. He created a chair which is totally new, one that has never existed before, its design concept, manufacture and innovation truly unique. Made of a translucent, malleable material called polyester elastomer, the "PANE" chair (Italian for 'bread') is made using almost the same steps as producing a loaf of bread. First, a semi-cylindrical mass of fibers is rolled and molded by Yoshioka in to the form of a chair and held in shape, then it is wrapped with a piece of cloth and inserted into a cardboard tube, this tube is then baked in a kiln at 104 degrees centigrade. During the baking process the fibers ‘memorize’ the form of the chair. The fibers allow the structure to absorb the force of the sitter with a web that is very strong, yet soft and comfortable to sit in.

    Yoshioka studied under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake and in 2000 opened his own design studio where he creates products for companies such as Driade, Swarovski and the Japanese company Yamagiwa.


"PANE" chair

Polyester-elastomer fiber.
30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm)high
Produced by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. Artist's proof.

£10,000 - 15,000 Ω

Sold for £15,600

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm