Tokujin Yoshioka has produced a new tile system for Italian ceramics manufacturer Mutina. The Phenomenon collection comprises of "snow," "honey-comb," and "rain," each based on the irregular textures found in nature. According to Tokujin, he intended to "create a design which stirs one's heart and imagination...integrating small substances and producing both depth and expanse." The tiles were left white to emphasize that depth, allowing the contrast of light and shadow to outline each work's unique texture.
When Tokujin entered the collaboration with Mutina, he felt they were a company with an "experimental vision," existing in a delicate balance between handcraft and industrial technology and capable of producing a "beautiful sense of depth" in their ceramic textures. Still, in order to bring out the best of the company's capabilities, he and his studio conducted numerous material experiments to "draw out the most beautiful aspect of the material itself."
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