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KANG HEE JUNG

ABOUT ARTIST Kang Hee Jung graduated with both a BFA in Craft Art and a MFA in Wood Painting in Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul. She has had 3 solo exhibitions and her works have been in more than 15 group exhibitions internationally, such as France and China. THE PROCESS She is currently working on making craft objects and up-cycling furniture to be used in everyday life. She discovers materials from our surroundings and is recently interested in bringing back abandoned objects to us. Kang breaks up an outdated object, deriving its value and beauty to re-create it as a brand-new object and a furniture piece suitable for contemporary lifestyle. WORK PHILOSOPHY Kang focuses on Ottchil, which is Korean lacquer art. She finds that...

OH YUMI

ABOUT ARTIST Oh Yumi is a craft artist who makes wooden lacquerware by following the tradition in her own language. After pursuing BA degree in business administration and Chinese language and literature, she decided to learn her father’s skills and continue the tradition. As a daughter of Oh Wang Taek, a renowned artisan of lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, she is inspired by her father’s delicate works and aspires to keep the tradition of handwork. Her works have been exhibited in Korea, China, Taiwan, USA and France. THE PROCESS Everything around Oh Yumi becomes an inspiration: architecture, fashion, nature and the contemporary society where she lives in. She studies forms from architecture, colors from fashion and paintings, and patterns from nature. While utilizing the traditional technique...

CONTAINER 5-1

ABOUT ARTIST Container 5-1 is a design studio composed of three designers in a family: a father, a daughter and her husband. It creates what we want to use in our daily lives by combining various materials and forms. Its projects include a wide variety of objects from a coaster for an individual to a dining table for a group of members. The studio also carries out custom design projects for a specific customer’s need where it is involved in furniture and interior styling. WORK PHILOSOPHY The first project of Container 5-1 is the Octagonal series that includes dining table, cabinet, and cupboard. Octagonal series was developed in collaboration with a potter Ji Seung Min to showcase his tableware. Container 5-1 focuses on the functionality...

HAÄM

ABOUT ARTIST Haäm was founded in 2014 by a metal artist, Kim Yun Jin and a designer, Kwon Jung Mo. It pursues as a kitchen, dining and living design brand by offering metal craft works. Haäm aspires to express the contrast between traditional elegance and contemporary mood through its enamel-coated metal tableware. Its works have participated in various exhibitions in Korea, Italy, and France, including Maison & Objet 2015 in France. THE PROCESS The artists create a form with metal, coat it with cloisonné enamel or vitreous enamel, and finally bake in a kiln. They pursue revealing spontaneous nature of the materials, resulting in different outcomes even if they intended the same color or shape. They reinterpret this traditional technique of enamel to create a...

OBJECT LABS

ABOUT ARTIST Object Labs, established by designer Im Jung Joo, focuses on creating necessary objects in our daily lives. Therefore, its emphasis is on the users: how and why an object is used by its users. As a product design graduate, designer Im questions the purpose of an object and aspires to find the essence of each to reveal the relationship between the object and its user. THE PROCESS He studies the elements of an object to find the essence and analyzes their effect on users. This process lasts several months or even several years to decide a single design for production. The whole process embodies a concrete story to be completed by Object labs. Besides edition works, he also develops short-term projects such as...

MILLORD

ABOUT ARTIST Furniture designer Yoo, Jung Min graduated with an Industrial Design degree at Hongik University in Seoul. As he preferred using wood as a material, he turned towards furniture design from industrial product design. When his peers entered companies as product designers, he instead he learned carpentry at a small workshop and a wood studio. In 2009, he launched a furniture studio, Millord, to showcase well-made modern and simple furniture. THE PROCESS Millord’s work process begins by carefully selecting the finest materials available. With careful consideration, Yoo seeks for the most beautiful balance in a simple design while acutely working to bring most of the material’s characteristics. Millord’s furniture embodies its values in creating excellence in both the functions and the aesthetic harmonies of...

KIM SAE YOUL

ABOUT ARTIST A ceramist, Kim, Sae Youl graduated from the Ceramic Art department at Seoul National University and studied at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China. He has participated in various exhibitions in Korea, USA and China and has been awarded by a number of institutions including UNESCO SEAL of Excellence for Handicrafts in 2007. Kim pursues a natural harmony that goes well together with our ordinary tables. One of his popular tableware, Yeolmaedal, meaning fruitful month, represents September with its generous form. THE PROCESS Kim, Sae Youl gets inspiration from his family and his daily life. His five-year-old son named his workshop ‘The lunar world’. While he works on the pottery, he sometimes talks with his son over the window. In this way, his works...

JI SEUNG MIN

ABOUT ARTIST Ji Seung Min graduated from the Ceramic Art department at Kookmin University and also holds a master’s degree in Ceramic Art from the same school. He has participated in various exhibitions in Korea, Japan, and Australia as well as a solo exhibition, ‘Ji Seung Min’s Moon Jar’ at Kookmin University Sculpture Gallery. His work, Moon Jar, is part of the permanent collection at Korea Ceramic Foundation. THE PROCESS Ji makes sure to have his workspace and tools clean and tidy before and after work. By having things and tools organized, he finally gets prepared to focus on his work, which leads to better works. He gets inspirations from a wide variety of sources including publication about white porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty, Korean...

SEO KUK JIN

ABOUT ARTIST Potter Seo, Kuk Jin graduated from Craft Art department in Kyunghee University and holds a master’s degree in Craft Art from the same school. He started to showcase his works in his first solo exhibition in 1989 and participated in various exhibitions in Korea, China, and the United States afterwards. His work is part of the permanent collection of Musee National Adrien Dubouche Limoges in France. THE PROCESS Pursuing the aesthetics of minimalism, he focuses on lines and colors of his works. He starts with the question of how he would color the work. He then finds materials for color from nature. He believes in the virtue of Korean traditional pottery and aspires to express its elegance with simple line and subtle color....

JOE WON SOK

ABOUT ARTIST Joe Won Sok graduated from the department of Ceramics at Kookmin University and holds a master’s degree in Ceramics from Ohio State University. Joe’s works reveal functionality presented by simple lines and planes while embodying a sense of space. Metallic black color in his work expresses its existence by adding depth to the surface. The collection of his works reveals the impression of an interior scene as if it were a still-life painting. THE PROCESS Joe Won Sok starts his work from the very basic form and concentrates on its beauty and static power within it. Then, by imbuing his own emotions, he observes how the meaning of the basic form evolves. His works are the outcome of a series of questions on...
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