A ‘messed up’ look. Or is it wabi sabi? Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has a fascinating minimalist approach to asymmetric conceptual design: design and nature get really close. “I’m fascinated by the elements of nature.” he says.
Tokujin Yoshioka takes white paper, crumbles it a lot and voilà. He creates a crumpled sofa with a ‘paperness’ and fluffy cloud feeling. Believe or not the prototype is actually made entirely of paper. The Cloud sofa, to be manufactured by Moroso, has the sensibility of wabi sabi which values modesty, simplicity and imperfection.
Tokujin Yoshioka’s work is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Museum’s permanent collections among others.
I love the ‘crumbled paper’ blue sketch. One of the interesting things about experimental design is the difference between the first idea and the final object. Is the design more important than the original idea?