Tokuin Yoshioka is perhaps as much a skilled material scientist as he is a creative furniture designer.
Using uncommon and often scientifically complex materials, he constructs chairs, sofas and other everyday furniture objects from some of the strangest and most unlikely substances you can imagine – from crystallized chair structures to comfortable light-weight paper couches.
The above honey-combed chair – made from a durable-but-flexible cellulose used inside space structures – was the result of much experimentation and extensive research.The result, however, is an impressively comfortable but incredibly sturdy chair that is folded into shape, held in place and provides seating from an unlikely form.
His paper couches are likewise unusual in appearance and seem unlikely to be stable at first glance, but are of course incredible cozy places to curl up in once you realize you can actually sit in one.
Instead of simply using materials at hand to create new shapes that wow customers and other style-seekers, this designer goes out of his way to push the envelop of science and materiality when it comes to making unique new furniture designs.