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According to Lee, colors of celadon are more varied than those of white porcelain. He likes to experiment with different shades of celadon depending on the form and usage of his works, rather than being confined to the traditional celadon color. His favorite Goryeo celadon patterns are the early ones with clear drawings using the sanggam technique. He strives to create sophisticated celadon works with vibrant colors that balances simplicity and touch of drawings.

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The colors, forms, and expression methods of the Goryeo celadon are indeed superior but it is equally important to evolve that style into a new direction that people of our times can relate to. Therefore, Lee’s tableware works have developed in its color, form and patterns in a way that fits naturally into our modern lifestyle. By combining the understanding of traditional potteries and its techniques with that of the modern lifestyle, Lee, Eun Bum is creating the contemporary celadon works of our times.

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He also frequently visits old celadon remains throughout the Korean peninsula to study the broken pieces and how they differ across the regions, continuously studying the different effects of clay & glaze combinations.

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Lee is a superb engineer who advances the techniques of the traditional celadon but he is also a designer who creates objet that blends well into our modern lives. He aims to create the new celadon of our times that combines the sophistication of the lines and elegance of pure celadon. He constantly updates and improves his celadon works, treating it as a living entity that grows and matures.

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I like works that have been created with a great deal of care and effort. I also find witty works interesting, but I prefer works that make me want to keep them by my side because they reflect so much of the love and sincerity of the person who made the work. I am always thankful to the works that are made with love and warmth for the viewers and users.

I hope that my work does the same and try to place my utmost efforts at every moment. I often stroke my daughter’s head, just like my mother did for me. When doing so, I realize that the touch of my mother is the same as mine. I create works with the same heart and the same hands, as if I am praying.

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“Beop Go Chang Sin (法古創新),” the four-character idiom, refers to the spirit of creating the new, based on the old. One must learn the old, yet learn it thoroughly, and one must create what is new, yet it must not be solely new.

If the old is not learned thoroughly, then the essence cannot be ascertained and therefore becomes a fabrication. If the new is created yet is not beneficial, then it becomes trash. I always promise myself to become neither a fabrication nor trash. I also believe that this work must be that of joy. I believe the most important thing as an artist is to work joyfully, for the sake of a happy life. In that way, the positive energy will likely be reflected in my work.

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Lee Eun Bum graduated from department of Ceramics at Hongik University in 1992 and started training in Onggi making. He has been introducing his works in five solo exhibitions as well as many other group exhibitions such as ‘Design & Color’ at the International Ceramic Center at Icheon and “Croisements vers la communication” in Paris hosted by IAC.

His works are part of the permanent collection at Chosun Hwanyo Museum in Gwangju as well as Korean Cultural Center in UK. Today, he is back in his hometown in Eumsung, working away in his self-made studio to create works that are contemporary while respecting and borrowing from the traditions and heritage of Korean pottery techniques.

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Ristorante LEONE Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do / December 2017

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Coffee house PRE SEASON Tonguidong, Seoul / August 2017

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Alter Ego Yeonheedong, Seoul / December 2016

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KUHO Flagship Store Hannamdong, Seoul / October 2016

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Dessert bistrot Autrui Yeonheedong, Seoul / December 2016

Jongwan Kim went alone to France to study at Ecole Camondo when he was only 16 years old. He was the youngest person ever to study at the famous school. The school has become world famous for nurturing star designer graduates such as Pierre Paulin, Phillip Stark and Jean Michel Wilmotte.

Jongwan Kim graduated with distinction after majoring in space and product design. Winning many international architecture competitions even before his graduation, he interned at Patrick Jouin Design Studio then was promoted as an art director of commercial spaces. He broadened his knowledge and accumulated experience in various fields. In July in 2016, he finally opened JongKim Design Studio which specializes in Space Strategy.

Jong Wan Kim

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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

‘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.

Ramei Keum







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