Potential

The Venus

By: Stefanie Hutson - Published: Sep 5, 2008 • References: tokujin and designboom
We’ve all seen crystals at some point, whether in nature, old fashioned rock candy, or souvenir geodes at a tourist trap. Few of us, however, have looked at crystals and felt compelled to create a seat out of them.

Clearly, Tokujin Yoshioka is not like the rest of us.  Where others may see an intensely uncomfortable resting place, he sees a fascinating design experiment, guided by humans but ultimately left up to nature.

An upcoming Tokyo exhibit, Second Nature, will feature his “Venus” chairs grown from crystals and displayed in four large tanks of water to illustrate various stages of the growth process.  The result is an enchantingly unique piece of furniture, despite the fact that it may not be suitable for actual use.