After graduating from the Kuwasawa Design Institute in Tokyo, Tokujin Yoshioka went to work in the studio of Shiro Kuramata, one of the most influential industrial designers in post-war Japan. From there Yoshioka received the position of in-house interior designer for Issey Miyake, and in 1992 he set up his own studio.
Yoshioka, who focuses on interior and furniture design, has a design vocabulary that combines simplicity with effectiveness. The essence of his work is to craft something extraordinary out of simple materials. In his hands paper, glass, and aluminum take on new dimensions that enhance the mundane and reveal unforeseen qualities, as in the case of his 2001 "Honey-Pop" chair.
Tokujin Yoshioka has created notable designs for Issey Miyake's boutiques, has worked on the interior design of office spaces, and has exhibited remarkable futuristic pieces in art installations and exhibitions. Among his most recent work is "Chair Disappears in the Rain," a chair made of glass and situated in the street in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.