Element is a strong, poetic collection including a chair, dining tables, low tables and console tables, designed for Desalto by sensitive, visionary Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.
The heart of the Element project lies in the single central support, a metal parallelepiped that is reminiscent in its form of the minerals and quartzes found in nature, positioned at a slant, teetering between the base and the top as though almost challenging the laws of gravity. Disassembling tables with steel structure, legs in reinforced steel tube covered with aluminium sheets, base made of metal sheets and steel tubes. Tops in: raw iron finished to wax; MDF lacquered white, black or red; wood veneer in the finishes oak and walnut.
Born in 1967. He worked under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, and established his own studio, TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC. in 2000. His experimental and innovative creations along with the nature and the senses, which transcend the boundaries of art, design, and architecture, are highly evaluated in the world. He received numbers of international design awards such as "Mainichi Design Award 2001", "Cultural Affairs Section of Government of Japan, Encourage Prize 2006", "Design Miami Designer of the Year 2007", "Elle Deco International Design Awards Designer of the Year 2009", "TOKYO Design & Art ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS Artist of the Year 2010. Some of his most important works are exhibited as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums such as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum. Some pieces of “Water Block” are permanently exhibited with masterpieces of Monet, Cézanne and Renoir in the Impressionist Gallery at Musée d’Orsay, Paris.