Tokujin Yoshioka: water block benches
Tokujin Yoshioka’s water block benches in the rooms on the 5th floor of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are not simple seats provided for the visitors but also works of art on which you can sit. You can’t help but simply admire them since they almost steal the show from the masterpieces displayed all around.
The idea behind the bench was to create a block of water, a genuine sculpture that takes its dynamic form from nature itself. The delicate rippling of the surface and its transparency create a poetic atmosphere, similar to that created by the play of light on water.
The water block bench is installed in the renovated impressionist gallery of the musée d’Orsay. The artist was invited to participate in the project. The bench offers a seating to admire the works of master painters like Manet, Degas, Monet, Caillebotte, Cézanne and Renoir.
Tokujin Yoshioka was Born in 1967, he worked for Shiro Kuramata in 1987 and has worked for Issey Miyake since 1998. In 2000, he set up his own studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design.
His work combines design with architecture and exhibition installation-art (many of his artworks feature in the permanent collections of museums around the world). As a furniture designer, he exhibits at Salone del Mobile every year. He has also been designing store interiors for brands such as Issey Miyake, Swarovski, Hermès and BMW.
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