Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in 1986. Following celebrated stints working with both Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, Yoshioka established his eponymous design studio in 2000, making his first industry splash in 2001, with the much-lauded ’Honey-Pop’ chair. Since, the award-winning designer has gone on to work with the likes of Lexus, Moroso and of course, Swarovski, for whom Yoshioka has already produced two Swarovski Crystal Palace installations - 2005’s futuristic ’Stardust’ chandelier and the clustered ’Eternal’ from 2008.
This month’s Crystal Palace creation ’Stellar’ is situated within the first room of the exhibition. The installation consists of two parts, the first, an expansive one-meter diameter globe encrusted with Swarovski crystals, lit from within with LED lights. The second element consists of another vast globe; set within a tank, upon which crystals will naturally grow - a follow-up to Yoshioka’s ’VENUS-natural crystal chair’ from 2008. Yoshioka says of his work, ’What’s important to me is not just designing another new chandelier with crystal, but to create a star which shines in the viewer’s heart’.