Salone Milan 2010 – Tokujin’s Snowflakes & Invisibles

Salone Milan 2010 – Tokujin’s Snowflakes & Invisibles

Entitled Snowflake, the installation conceived by the Japanese designer Tokujin Yosihioka for the Kartell showroom in Via Turati consists of 50,000 sticks of transparent plastic assembled in the shape of snowflakes that recreates the magic of a snowy landscape, portraying the notion of transparency and the domination of light that is dear to Tokujin.

A triumph of lights that celebrates ten years since the “invention” of Kartell’s transparency in plastic and makes the ideal setting for a new “couture” collection of furniture by the same designer that are so much part of the installation that they appear only on a second glance.

Unveiled in Kartells’ Milan 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.

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