ToFU Lamp
Japan, 2000
Tokujin Yoshioka

Yamagiwa Corporation
Acrylic and aluminum
11⅝ x 14⅜ x 3"

Tokujin Yoshioka (吉岡徳仁, Yoshioka Tokujin) is a Japanese designer and artist. He is active in the fields of design, architecture and contemporary art, and he is internationally acclaimed for his works dealing with light and nature.

Tokujin Yoshioka was born in Saga Prefecture, Japan in 1967. Since childhood, influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, learnt painting, such as oil painting, and had particular interest in science. After graduating from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo in 1986, he studied under the designers Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake. He established Tokujin Yoshioka Inc. in 2000.

Being active in the fields of design, architecture and contemporary art, he creates works under the theme of light and nature, which also reflect the Japanese idea of beauty. By giving figure to various human senses, using immaterialistic elements, such as light, creates expressions that is unique, surpassing the concept of shape.

He has designed for Issey Miyake and other global companies such as Cartier, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Toyota, and Lexus, and has been announcing new works at Salone del Mobile Milano (world’s largest international furniture exhibition) in collaboration with Italian furniture brands, including Kartell, Moroso, Glas Italia and Driade. —Wiki

(Photo: MoMA)