Tokujin Yoshioka designs all-glass wardrobe for Glas Italia
Milan 2015: Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created an entirely transparent wardrobe and a matching bench for Italian company Glas Italia (+ slideshow).
Yoshioka's Prism closet is made from tempered glass, which is heated in a furnace and then rapidly cooled to strengthen the material.
The 12-millimetre glass sheets form a simple cuboid, bevelled along each edge to reflect and refract light.
"This object will show an appearance as if it is a sculpture veiled with the glitters in a space and create mysterious expression with the refraction of light," said Yoshioka.
Two doors – slightly thinner at eight millimetres – open using a push catch that releases when the surfaces are gently pressed inward.
The doors swing open from each side on small hinges, hidden behind square metal covers when viewed from the front.
A polished steel rail spanning the width of the wardrobe is used for hanging the garments, which are visible from every angle.
Above the mirrored base, a small glass shelf provides a platform for storing shoes or other accessories.
"Clothing and objects within are visually enhanced and highlighted by this piece," said a statement from Glas Italia.
Yoshioka has also designed a bench for Glas Italia using the same bevelled-edge materials.
The seat comprises four sheets of glass: two legs that support the long seat and a vertical element that runs beneath to connect and brace the structure.
The brand presented its latest range at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, which concluded yesterday.
Glas Italia also launched a series of multichromatic furniture pieces by Patricia Urquiola, who overcame her hatred of glass to design the collection.