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Giwa Chair

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AXIS , Stainless steel, W 400 x D 1000 x H 1750

Axis is a stand hanger which its frame itself has a function of a hanger. Some people will have an experience not hanging up clothes since a stand hanger doesn’t have an aid hanger (a small hanger). In such an experience, I found a design point of Axis. A simple change of its structure makes Axis have two hidden hangers with a formative feature.

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‘1’ is a mobile phone adding only one function which is ‘call’ to LCD DISPLAY. To mobile phone, a lot of functions besides the original function of ‘call’ have been added. As a result, the price of mobile phone also moved upwards as much as more functions. Will all the people need the many functions? A lot of people beyond expectation use only a function of ‘call’ or only some functions of mobile phone. Especially, a lot of functions with sensitive touch sensor of slim touch screen phone are meaningless for the blind

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SOOP SERIES

The Soop series naturally utilizes wood grains and knots of the walnut tree to provide a sense in the deep forest. In order to maximize the beauty of the wood grains and knots, it was designed in a simple form using a straight line.

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GORGE , W 1000(1500) x D 600(1000) x H 350(400)

'Gorge' is a coffee table with a shape of a gorge. Designing it, I strived to put it in a form so that elements composing of a table such as a top board and legs may become one element, not individual elements. The shape of a gorge folded in a V shape itself plays a structural role of supporting the top board of the table, and plays a role of holding/ keeping magazines or books as well as completing an aesthetic form of the table.

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GLIDER , W 1800 x D 450 x H 1800

This is a bookstand composed of boards in a form similar to wings of a glider. A lot of books have differences in height and width. Therefore, a lot of people have ever seen books inserted unevenly into a bookstand. The convex form similar to wings of a glider settles such a problem to some extent. It also gives rhythmical beauty to a simple space.

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PISA , W 2080(880) x D 770 x H 710

This is a sofa designed by getting inspiration from ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa’. Stability through balance is one out of elements considered when furniture is designed. However, it can be an element limiting design. I wanted to design a stable and convenient sofa in reality although it looked unstable. This form leaned forward as ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa’ is a characteristics in this sofa’s form and helps this sofa play a role as a point furniture giving tension to simple space.

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GENTLEMAN, W 250 x D 250 x H 550

Gentleman is a table lamp in the form of a tuxedo shirt and a bow tie. The bow tie can be applied to other bow ties, have different colors and shapes, for changing an atmosphere of the lamp.

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YO BED , W 1554 x D 2240 x H 272 ( For Queen size Mattress )

Yo Bed is a bed designed symmetrically without head. To maximize the feel of the material it was thick and widely used to minimize decorative elements and designed to low height to give a massive feel. Designed to disassemble/assemble without screws with only minimal hardware attached to the four corners of the bed frame,

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THE UNIVERSE

* The Universe = Time * Move around the sun ( Revolve ) The inner-workings of The Universe are based in the solar system (Planets moving around the sun). The center of the watch(the sun) remains still, while jewels rotate around it to display hours and minutes.

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Thinness , W 400 x D 400 x H 500

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V SERIES

V Series is the module storage that a result of manufacture, module operation, use efficiency, functional form. The purpose of this project is to create a functional form with a simple production process. The V series utilizes Chamfer Milling to provides functionality and decorative features.

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Gap , W 1200 x D 600 x H 350

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48 , W 570 x D 570 x H 380

In these days, people usually send their clothes to the cleaner's. When people get the clothes back from the cleaners, the 'Hangers' are coming with them. Because people don’t want to keep more hangers than they need, they dump them out after all. We think that the hangers are too good to use. So we suggest how to reuse the hangers in '48'. '48' is the lighting which is made of 48 hangers and a unit that combines them together.

Ramei Keum is an industrial designer based in Seoul, Korea. He is interested in designing a varied range of objects, And he participated in numerous projects ranging from electronic devices to furniture and lighting.

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Kiwa Console

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Kiwa Console detail

Chulan Kwak asserts that crafts are theoretically the result of ‘a blend of concept and tangible materials.’ From the point of view of craftsmanship, however, such notions arise from intuition. Conceptions of craft and design may stem from the needs and wants of the market, but it is the artist who plays the critical role, lending form. For Kwak, designed objects are more than commercial products for the consumer; rather, they are tangible archives of his personal experiences. This very philosophy is what distinguishes Kwak as an artist among designers.

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Kiwa Desktrays

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Kiwa Desktrays detail

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Kiwa Bench

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Kiwa Bench detail

Recognized by artists from diverse disciplines such as architecture and ceramics, Kwak’s extraordinary work distinguishes itself by his choice of media. The artist’s interdisciplinary approach reveals a dialectical process: crossing many boundaries and inviting organic outcomes through the association of disparate materials.

For Chulan Kwak, his creative practice is the de-contextualization of given frameworks and the formation of entirely new social contexts. The artist picks out minute changes in the mundane and ordinary, and employs them as critical elements for dialog. In this dialectic “form-giving” process of materializing the dematerialized, Kwak takes a step closer to mastering his creative vision of blending logic and intuition.

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Kiwa Vases

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Kiwa Sets

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Kiwa Accessary Box

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Kiwa Tray

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Kiwa Trays

Chulan Kwak graduated with a BFA in Woodworking & Furniture Design from the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University. He then acquired his MFA in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Upon re-entry, Kwak pursued a career in design. He is currently a faculty member at Sangmyung University.

Kwak has been actively exhibiting since 2011 including solo shows titled (The Next Door Gallery, Seoul Korea, 2011), (Templehof Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2012), (Stockholmsmassan, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013), and (Les Docks, Paris, France, 2014). Kwak has participated in the group exhibitions (Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010), (Nova Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2010), and (Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea, 2012), to name a few.

Chulan Kwak

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A Distant Ligh 2014, aluminium, steel, LED, W 90 X D 7.5 X H 110 (meter), United Visual Artists / Selfridges and Co.

As an industrial designer in UVA -United Visual Artists-, I explored methods to create light manipulation with architectural scale object. Distance light installation has 58 louvres to emit the full bright light with LED strips (60 pitch per metre, 25mm spacing). Projected lights show the moving images -inspired by eclipse- from front side. I also focused on construction as well as considering install sequence. This project is also collaboration with engineering company “Packmanlucas” where is expertised in architectural installation.

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As an industrial designer, I was responsible to deal with every process from concept development with creative director to manufacturing and engineering phases. UVA / Artisan team are inspired by the phenomena of the lunar eclipse and aiming to present an installation that creates shifting patterns of light that evoke the changing phases of the moon for example, lunar eclipse.

In order to achieve our goal, For Test purpose as well as propose for client, I was prototyping the scale model that we can project changing phases. At the same time, I played with various types of RGB LED strip to check proper effect. Plus, actual installation is massive scale to be hold by front column of Selfridges department store in Central London, so that I was working with external engineers in order to create reliable structure with solidworks simulations and off-site observation..

The making of A Distant Light at Selfridges

Due to massive scale of installation, I had to consider some of engineering aspects including sequence of installation, breakdown points for transport, assembly, reduce of material and fabrication cost and research of existing parts that fabricator can apply for. Thanks to rectangular profile of aluminium –hollow-, I come up with solution how we can conceal cables and controller boxes as well as assembly method -middle connector inside of hollow shell-. With external engineers, I simulated deflection of louvres and frames. Every piece of elements is drawn by Solidworks for hand over to makers, and calculation of cost.

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E.M.S / Extreme Metal Spinning, 2014, polished aluminium, W 370 x D 350 x H 450, Show RCA 2014

Taehun Ko investigated on the metal spinning process, which is widely used for many domestic products. From single 330 mm diameter of aluminium disc, it can be transformed into a distinguishing part for construction of stool. Three identical parts were cut and welded together with certain angle in order to create ‘arch’ shape of the bottom structure. In result, E.M.S process creates super light and strong seat object.

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PLANE CHANDELIER, 2013, brass plated steel, glass, W 1056 X D 1056 X H 754, Tom Dixon Studio

At Tom Dixon Studio, we agreed to present new series of light using combination of several planes. I played with different shape and axis to create huge chandelier which is placed at commercial place. Its aesthetic is inspired by one of classic chandelier, wedding cake chandelier. Arrayed different number of light spheres are designed to reflect each other with brass-plated surfaces. It has same context and language with its family products.

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CLEAR, LOUD, BRIGHT, FORWARD, 2015, LED, acrylic, aluminium, W 320 x D 320 x H 300, for United Visual Artists

For the part of Palais Garnier- Paris opera-, United Visual Artists considered to create light interactive pendulum along with movements of dancers. This light bob part emits two different light and shade features in order to create various impression for the audiences. Array of led light projects top projection surface which is made out of acrylic. Down light is directional to make 2m bright spot for dancers. All LEDs are integrated in to machined aluminium heat-sink part.

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“United Visual Artists approach bridged the gap between architecture of the set, choreography and music and plays with the relationships between them. The intention was to create dynamic architecture that choreographs light and space and treats the space like a body – an entity that can move.

By turning the stage into a spatial instrument, a space that can dance, architecture becomes a performer alongside the dancers themselves. Areas of the stage are articulated in different ways, delineated by either real or projected light controlled through programming. In turn, the dancers also choreograph the space through their movements within it.”

–United Visual Artists, 2015, www.uva.co.uk/work/clear-loud-bright-forward In order to create two different types of light, directional and projected light, Taehun Ko played with various LEDs and various size and shape of projection plates. Former prototypes had several problems that made the shades of central rod structure due to the central single light source.

To overcome it, we decided to place multiple LEDs array circular around the central structure. Also, distance between projection area and light source is crucial factor due to light leaking. After couple of times of experiments, as a result, the part of bob light could be designed to project articulated and proper multiple light effects at the same time.

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DIABOLIC, sepetir, W 550 x D 570 x H 840, Mobjec, BMH gallery

The values and the cultures of East and West are completely different. However, despite the differences, the common formativeness explicitly exists. Reinterpreted dreadful images of Demon or Gye-myeon sang (Asian goblin bust sculpture) grafted onto “Diabolic chair” with familiarity to maximize its details, the sense of both agility and chunkiness are tried. It shows sharp and transitional images of the figure.

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L.S.F.C / Lost Soft Foam Casting, cast aluminium, W 365 x D 330 x H 440, Show RCA 2014

Taehun Ko was inspired by “Evaporative-pattern casting” however, it requires and wastes materials to make objects. Thus he explored the way of solving problem as well as new aesthetics. I experimented with various types of soft foam sheeting and finally settled on using Plastazote LD18 and a small hand torch to heat weld the pattern ready for sacrificial casting. The softness of the foam together with the tailoring technique and heat-welded seams present a unique natural plump appearance. Each foam master is ready to be cast at the local foundry in only 15 minutes.

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CHEOM, 2011, ash, W 1300 x D 350 x H 1050, Mobjec, BMH gallery

Buildings are such existences that influences product or furniture designs. Orientalism was designed with minimal detail and two dimensional formative lines. A Kyung-Sang (one of small korean table) and the tip of eaves of Korean traditional temple motifs gave a compromising line. From the inspiration of traditional architecture feature, Cheom is re-interpreted into modern shape of design.

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SOBAHN, 2011, sepetir, mdf, W 900 x D 780 x H 370, Mobjec, BMH gallery

SoBahn, inspired from Korean traditional small portable tea table, placing importance on a curvature which reminds of a particular animal’s leg, finishes up with oriental details and colour. Such animal leg-like shape coexists inter-culturally between the Orient and the Western. Korean traditional small portable tea table gives an elegant and complex impression, whereas SoBahn reinterprets the old design in modern style featuring the traditional concise details and the elegant curve line.

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VERRINE, 2011, chrome plated steel, fabric, W 660 x D 520 x H 1950, Mobjec, BMH gallery

Thought inspired by “Origin of light”. A motif coming from a lighthouse emitting light in the middle of the building. By inspiration of light house emitting, Verrine light covers the top and bottom face with spun metal shade, so the light emits from centre of source. Ho-rong (Korean name), the base of a kerosene lamp, reinterpreted its figure with my own sense, Verrine floor lighting raises its value from the very existence.

Taehun Ko, born in South Korea, always has interests in design, philosophy, and humanities with genuine curiosities. One of the essential questions that he asked himself was “what is the world consisted of?” With such a thought, he suspected that things we see, use, and see are not perfect and believed that people do their best to make up for these imperfection. He himself also makes great effort to overcome his own imperfection through his profession and to broaden his outlook by sharing ideas with people in the different lines of study.

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