Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has been a busy man this year, producing new pieces for the Swarovski Crystal Palace and Moroso Salone shows - as well as this striking 'Invisibles' collection of furniture for Kartell.
Unveiled in the brand's flagship store, beneath a luminescent installation of transparent, snowflake-like prism sticks - also by Yoshioka - the Invisibles collection consists of polycarbonate tables, sofas, armchairs and benches that are ethereal yet surprisingly solid. Sit on a chair and its form seems to disappear. 'The presence of the object is eradicated and it will create a vision of the sitter floating in the air,' says Yoshioka.
The collection is pioneering in its use of polycarbonate in a thickness never seen before. But its diaphanous appearance is emphasised by the prisms overhead. Says the designer: 'The installation gives visitors that extraordinary sensation of entering an unreal world.'
Yoshioka's new collection for Kartell is also augmented by new works by Philippe Starck, Eugeni Quitllet and Piero Lissoni.