Tokujin Yoshioka’s “Rainbow Chair” Illuminates Venice

Tokujin Yoshioka brought design innovation to the forefront seven years ago with his work Rainbow Church. Now in Venice, Yoshioka’s innovative crystal work is being celebrated in Rainbow Chair for the architecture biennial.

As a symbol of Rainbow Church, the chair is made of a special glass, which is molded in platinum and solid acrylic. It is meant to emit an aura of rainbow light in the historical space of the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti. Yoshioka was inspired by the work of Henri Matisse at the Rosaire Chapel in his early 20s.

The chair is being show as part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia exhibition “Genius Loci – Spirit of Place,” which explores the “complex relationship between art and the public realm.” Curated by Rem Koolhaus, the exhibition includes models, sculptures drawings and other projects by international well-known artists including Ai Weiwei, Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Lee Ufan and other artists.

The exhibition opened on June 7 and will continue until November 23, 2014.


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