Second Nature by Tokujin Yoshioka
by sabine7 / October 20, 2008

The Second Nature exhibition, directed by Tokujin Yoshioka, just opened at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo. One of the highlights of this exhibition is the Venus - Natural Crystal Chair that comes into being as crystals form structures on a block of polyester fiber.

Venus Sofa - detail

A special mineral solution is added to the polyester and the structure grows in a huge aquarium. It takes about one month for the chair to be complete.

Venus Chaise

Here's what Yoshioka had to say: "...I have pondered on challenging the history of design by creating an epoch-making chair grown from natural crystal structures. Today, a rapid development of technology, particularly the use of computer renderings, has ensured and made various things real. I want to believe, however, there is something in nature that defies all human imagination.


I have wondered whether we can make a proposal through design, where we can once again think about the earth and feel the beauty and the power of nature. I guided the first half of the production but the other half is left up to nature: the beauty born of coincidence, which a human cannot create on his own will. This natural crystal chair, which is formed using the laws of nature, pushes the boundaries of creativity. The work is like my message for the future."

Clouds and Venus - Installation


Second Nature

All photos courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka Design.


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