crystal growing chairs

Most furniture is crafted from materials either organic or man-made, but something magical happens when Tokujin Yoshioka uses inorganic materials to create his “growing chairs.”

spider web crystal growing chairs

The artist starts out with seven threads which he stretches around and through the metal chair frame forms. These threads “draw” the form of a chair in the air.

Tokujin Yoshioka spider web crystal chairs

Yoshioka then induces the growth of crystals on the frames with the use of a mineral solution. As the crystals grow, the “chairs” take shape.

growing crystal chairs

Because the crystals are natural formations, it seems that nature itself is creating the man-made chair formations. When completely covered in crystals, the chairs seem rather harsh and certainly not comfortable to sit on, but they are beautiful examples of the forms nature can take.