Designer Spotlight: Tokujin Yoshioka
When you walk into a women’s clothing boutique or thumb through a fashion magazine, you’ll see trendy little details that catch your eye. One of the biggest design trends for 2009 is the addition of ruffles as a feminine accent, and it is now showing up in the interior design world.
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created the Bouquet chair for the Italian line Moroso. The fiberglass-and-polyurethane chair is shrouded in hundreds of flowers made of hand-cut Alcantara, a European faux-suede. The petals are available in four color combinations: pink/orange, red/brown, yellow/white, and tan/pink. View more at morosousa.com.
Intended more as a work of art, Yoshioka’s intention is for the user to feel embraced, or perhaps the euphoria of receiving a bouquet of flowers. The flower petals are designed to return to their original form upon standing up from the chair. Yoshioka was chosen as the Designer of the Year for 2008 by the editors of the 24 International Elle Deco Magazines.
“I got the idea for Bouquet from the installation I created last October for Moroso’s New York showroom. I used about 30,000 paper tissues to recreate a cloud-like atmosphere. The Bouquet makes people who sit on it happy, just as a bouquet makes the person who receives it happy. The vibrant, delicate colors trigger different sensations in each of us” says Yoshioka. Just looking at the chair evokes an easy smile.
Ruffles Continue To Inspire
Ruffles are continuing to show up in design details of accessories and lighting, soft treatments such as draperies and pillows, as well as other furniture items. Not to be confused with your grandmother’s old ruffled bed shams, this style is tight and sophisticated, adding a feminine touch when needed and not overdone.