Day 2 at the Salone: Memory from Tokujin Yoshioka for Moroso.

At the Salone del Mobile this year, Tokujin is heard everywhere, from the Swarovski Crystal Palace to Kartell and now Moroso. As in one of our previous posts, we showed concept photos of the Memory chair – but here’s the real thing. The special recycled aluminum fabric is indeed one that could “remember” your seating position and becomes your chair. It is an interesting concept, I just wished that the chair was a bit more comfortable.

tokujin yoshioka's memory chair for moroso.

Salone del Mobile 2010 Previews: Tokujin Yoshioka.

In less than a month, the Salone del Mobile (aka the Milan Furniture Fair) will open. After a year’s hiatus, we will be back in Milan reporting on what’s hot and new in design when the whole city is turned into a big design showcase. Before we begin our coverage on the ground in Milan, we’d like to share some of the items that will be displayed at this year’s shows, including the Fuori Salone events, which is concurrent with the actual main show.

We’d like to start with Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, who has several works and installations during the shows. The first is a chair called Memory for Moroso which is made of a special fabric with recycled aluminum by Yoshioka. There seems to be a little mystery as to how the chair takes its shape, but it’s definitely one I will be trying out during the shows. Please note that the photos are concept only.

memory chair by tokujin yoshioka for moroso, concept.

memory chair by tokujin yoshioka for moroso, concept.

memory chair by tokujin yoshioka for moroso, concept.

Yoshioka’s installation will also be featured at the Swarovski Crystal Palace with a 1m globe (diameter) with Swarovski crystals and lit from within by LEDs. There will also be an accompanying piece that will feature another globe suspended in a tank, on which crystals will be growing naturally.

tokujin yoshioka installation for swarovski crystal palace, salone del mobile 2010

“What is important to me is not just designing another new chandelier with crystal, but to create a star which shines in the viewer’s heart,” Yoshioka explains. His approach was to “incorporate the element of beauty born of coincidence” into his piece, adding that “it was technically challenging because the unpredictable element found in nature had to be accurately expressed by human design.”

Lastly, he will be showcasing his “Invisible” series of products with Kartell. More to come later on this.

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Corian Loves Missoni Exhibit, Milan.

Check out these designs by Missoni that showcases life with DuPont’s Corian surfaces. This was an exhibit that began during Milan Design Week in April, and will continue through July 31 at the Corian Design Milano store.

This collaboration between Missoni Home and DuPont features Missoni designs in all parts of the home (with Corian of course). The photo below shows a part of a two-meter high spool that is wrapped in colorful ropes of thick yarn, located at the entrance area of the exhibit.

a view from the corian loves missoni exhibit in milan.

This next area features a curved bathroom screen with Missoni Home’s “Esmeraldas” pattern behind a freestanding tub “Po” by Boffi.

a view from the corian loves missoni exhibit in milan.

In front of the bathtub is another Missoni pattern that is structured together with strips of Corian.

a view from the corian loves missoni exhibit in milan.

There is actually much, much more to this exhibit than just these. The exhibition actually has hallway, dining room, kitchen, living room and bedroom components. All of which includes Missoni patterns made with Corian, coupled with home furnishings by Moroso, lighting by Artemide and more.

If you will be in Milan, be sure to visit the exhibit. The link to the exhibit is below.