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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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Lidded Bowl with Two Handles, 2009

Object wood materials tecjnology hand paper

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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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