I’m Your Venus

Using recycled materials to be more kind to our earth is a good idea however the manufacturing process it takes to recycle these products are still using energy. What is the answer and how can we be more creative in the design process all the while creating sustainable products? Japanese designer, Tokujin Yoshioka has developed a process where he uses a fiber structure submerged in a water bath that encourages the growth of crystals. Being guided by Yoshioka, the natural process begins to form the Venus crystal chair – a beautiful design created by nature. The process Yoshioka uses will be at ‘Second Nature’, an exhibition he is directing at 21_21 Design Sight beginning October 17, 2008 through January 18th, 2009.

Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka


  • zippyflounder says:

    so the chair is salt of the earth too, ok what ever floats your boat.

  • Migo says:

    I like the implications of this technology. It can be further developed even by carving away at the crystal structure or polishing it into a smooth flat surface, too.

    • zippyflounder says:

      salt is not all that great a structure, heavy but you can carve it to your hearts content.

  • eglantyne says:

    is it salt though? i have no idea, can you grow quartz like that?

    /loved magic crystals

    • zippyflounder says:

      quartz would take a lonnnnng time, salt however would be pretty fast in a super saturated solution.

      • eglantyne says:

        cheers – i guess i kinda thought so…

        but salt furniture?

        i guess it’d put a stop to those damned shakers!! and it would perfectly preserve any chunks or crumbs! awesome!!


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