Tokujin Yoshioka reveals his striking ’Invisibles’ collection of furniture for Kartell
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.’