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What is this?

Body composed of thick, transparent methacrylate square with removeable aluminum bulb housing inserted in lower section of one side.

Why is this in our collection?

The ToFU lamp is fabricated by means of a “delicate manufacturing and cutting technique” somewhat similar to the process used to make the Japanese soy-based food of the same name. Here, methacrylate resin is poured into a mold, allowed to set, and then cut to create a perfectly symmetrical square form into which a halogen light is inserted on one side. Tokujin Yoshioka’s design fully exploits the light conducting potential of the material. When turned on, the light is transmitted through the acrylic and illuminates the edges of the slab. The material seems to fade into the surrounding space, and takes on the appearance of a glowing square of light. In the spare form of this design, Yoshioka combines... more

This is a lamp from Japan. It is dated 2000 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Yamagiwa USA Corp..

Its medium is

molded and cut methacrylate resin, aluminum, halogen light source

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 29.5 x 36.5 x 7.6 cm (11 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 3 in.)

This object was manufactured by Yamagiwa Corporation and designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

This object was donated by Yamagiwa Corporation

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