Courtesy of Design Miami/

2007 Winner/ Tokujin Yoshioka

The Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award was presented to Tokujin Yoshioka in December 2007.

Tokujin Yoshioka is a master of technical innovation, developing imaginative methods of production completely unique in the field. Marrying traditional craft to cutting-edge technology, his work evinces a remarkable ability to transform mundane materials––glass, plastics, fabrics, paper, even tissues––into magical objects. Tokujin was selected for his exceptional ability to create boundary-extending design filled with emotion and grace.

For Design Miami/ 2007, Tokujin presented new work within an installation design that marries Minimalism with indulgence, once again surprising audiences with a reinterpretation of mundane materials. The exhibition featured an array of pieces that represent Tokujin’s unique spirit and form of experimentation, including the celebrated Honey-pop chair (2001) and Pane chair (2006), as well as new furniture designs made of glass.