Notable works and collaborations
Tokolo’s mastery of numerous and diverse subjects, including mathematics, architecture, design, fashion and art, is reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of his practice. His various works and collaborations include carpet design for United Cinemas in Maebashi in 2007, Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao range of bags in 2008 and 2015 and three-dimensional façades for buildings such as F-town Building in Sendai in 2007 and the Education Center at Kogakuin University in 2012. One of his most popular product designs is the Tokolo Pattern Magnet which uses the Japanese karakusa (lit. ‘Chinese grass’) pattern. The square and triangular magnet tiles can be used individually or joined together to create endless design possibilities. The magnet was selected to be part of the Japanesque Modern Collection, a Japanese government-supported selection of innovative Japanese products, in 2006. In 2016, Tokolo began working with ceramics for the first time in the famous ceramics town of Arita in Saga Prefecture, incorporating his designs into dishes and tiles.