Tokujin Yoshioka's chair made from growing natural crystals will headline the exhibition Second Nature opening on the 17th in Tokyo this month. The Venus chair builds on his earlier work such as Honey-pop (2001) which used a honeycombed paper structure to obtain it's strength and the Pane chair (2006) made of a translucent spongy material called polyester elastomer. The Venus chair is grown in a tank, the production process half controlled by Yoshioka and half left up to nature.
The Second Nature exhibition will feature work from Noriko Ambe, Makoto Azuma, Campana Brothers, Asuka Katagiri, Ross Lovegrove, Kaiji Moriyama & Takeshi Kushid, Yukio Nakagawa ikebana and Tokujin Yoshioka.
Second Nature Oct. 17, 2008 - Jan 10, 2009 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 11:00-20:00
Growing a full size Venus chair.
Venus chair prototype
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It's a tetrahedral crystal. I'm guessing it's alum.