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Sweet Jesus Crystal! A Japanese Design Master’s Stunning “Rainbow Church”

An 80-foot tall window made of crystal prisms, which will bathe a room in rainbows.

Rainbow Church by Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka–one of the most influential Japanese designers alive–has unveiled a beautiful new project that’ll be exhibited next May at MUSEUM. beyond museum, a exhibition in Seoul.

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Called “Rainbow Church,” the project gives Superman’s Fortress of Solitude some stiff competition. It was inspired during a trip Yoshioka took over 20 years ago, to the Chapelle du Rosaire, which features stained glass windows designed by Henri Matisse. As he writers, “Since then, I had been dreaming of designing an architecture where people can feel the light with all senses.” What he designed is a nearly 80-foot wall of crystal prisms, which will fill the installation space with rainbows:

Rainbow Church by Tokujin Yoshioka
Rainbow Church by Tokujin Yoshioka

In you’ve never heard of Yoshioka, he’s known for being a poet of materials–witness his Clouds Sofa, inspired by crumpled paper; his stunning installation at Milan in 2009; and his legendary Venus chair, made of living crystals.

[For pictures, check out Dezeen]

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Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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