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01/20/11 - 10:16 AM

Tokujin Yoshioka, Designer 2011

Tokujin Yoshioka, Designer 2011

One of the most important designers in the world, Tokujin Yoshioka, received yesterday at the Design Fair in Cologne, the Designer of the Year 2011 prize awarded by the magazine Germanic 'A & W Architektur & Wohnen”.

Yoshioka, inspired by the light, air and time to create objects and places, told EFE that when he designs, he listens to his feelings with a purpose: "to touch the hearts of the people" with his furniture, his art installations or store designs for high fashion brands or automotive.

In recent years, the designer has worked with Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake. With them, he said, he has been studying the essence of how human beings feel”.

The designer, who was elected in 2007 by the American magazine Newsweek as one of the hundred most important figures in Japan, creates also collections to high fashion, Hermès and Cartier, to the motor industry brands-BMW, Toyota and Lexus-and furniture to Kartell and Moroso.

From these collaborations, the most effective and most impact on the evolution of language has been carried out with Swarovski.

His works are included in public collections of museums like the Moma in New York or the Pompidou Art Center in Paris, which mark the style of Yoshioka starring the use of glass, of white and transparent and academicians shun the borders between design, art and architecture.

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