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JOE CARIATI

ABOUT ARTIST Joe Cariati has dedicated over 20 years to the practice of glassblowing. His work is an incomparable synthesis of calculated pragmatism and essential beauty. While Cariati thrives off of repeatable process and predictable results, it is the fact that during any given piece, he can experience elation, frustration, defeat or discovery that drives his creative spirit. THE PROCESS Joe Cariati’s work is entirely “free blown”, a Venetian glassblowing process that utilizes the human hand, not blow molds, to form vessels from start to finish. No part of the process is automated and it cannot be replicated by any machine or mold. From color preparation to gathering to proper amount of material, each work is literally made one by one, using ancient techniques that have...

RINA MENARDI

ABOUT ARTIST Since 1980, Rina Menardi has been developing her research into the field of ceramics, personalizing work techniques, exploring colour schemes, and striving for neatness of shape. Through the work, she has been creating hand-made stoneware pieces, always characterized by simple lines, inspired by nature, and never limited to a single purpose. Accordingly Menardi insists that an object should not impose itself, but rather suggest visual and tactile sensations able to evoke our deepest emotions. THE PROCESS Rina Menardi moulds the clay without ever feeling as a tout-court ceramist. She chooses baked clay because she senses in this material the possibility to express herself through gaining possession of some of nature’s secrets, understanding her laws, respecting her rules and limitations. The ever-personal research she...

UTOPIA&UTILITY

ABOUT ARTIST As the name evokes, Utopia & Utility combines the functional with the fantastical. Founded in 2012 by siblings Pia and Moritz Wustenberg, London based design duo makes products showcasing the skills of talented craftsman around the globe privileging handmade production. Using natural materials, the duo creates one of a kind pieces reminiscent of nature with an exotic simplicity. The duo creates handmade collections of gorgeous vases, candleholders, stools, glass lights, and bowls that mix glass with wood, ceramic, stone, paper, metals, and pottery. The components stack together to form tabletop sculptures that are simply breathtaking. THE PROCESS Utopia&Utility’s multi-functional product, the Stacking Vessels consists of three individual containers, all of which are formed with traditional craft processes. The ceramic and wood pieces are...

DINOSAUR DESIGNS

ABOUT ARTIST Dinosaur Designs is the ultimate Australian design brand. Its signature style is instantly recognizable – an eclectic blend of chunky, tactile shapes, combined with the most brilliant, intuitive sense of colour. Dinosaur Designs has founded its business in 1985 and for over 30 years it has now become a successful manufacturing business that sells a vast range of jewelry and homeware designs to retailers around the world. THE PROCESS All of the collections of Dinosaur Designs start in the sketchbooks. Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen, designers of the company discuss stories and themes first. And then they start to sketch ideas. It sometimes takes 6 months from start to finish, and they move in to production. On average, it is probably about seven...

HEE JUNG KANG

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...

YUMI OH

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...

KIM YUN JIN

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...

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...

SAE YOUL KIM

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...
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