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Lunch box / Hanji(Korean Traditional Paper) / 2011. autumn / self-production / Seoul, Korea

The warm container is designed as a lunch-box. When I was young I used to bring my lunch to school everyday. Most mothers in Korea, they had to prepare lunches everyday early in the morning for all those years through their children’s high school time. The Korean traditional paper ‘Hanji’ is soft and tender material but strong like a mother. I chose this material to illustrate the feeling of the warmth. I add- ed a layer of gauze on the casting process to give a touch of handicraft.

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music box / brass, stainless steel, white oak / 2015.winter / @ECAL, Switzerland / selected project by REUGE / studio photo by ECAL, Younès Klouche


Opening a door to music to discover a beauty. Music boxes are often closed and the movement inside is not easily seen. Fascinated by the hidden mechanism under the box. The concept of this work is to show more of the beautiful mechanism and allow customers to have a playful music box. There are two metal pieces that cover the movement and protect it.

These covers slide in one direction from one end to the other or in the opposite direction. Under these covers, you will discover a golden-colored 36 note musical movement sat on oak. The graphics on the first cover, made with holes, allow you to see the second cover and create a dynamic object with an overlay of colors and materials.

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rush, hemp, wood / 2017.summer

collaboration with Nguten Thi Rhung & Tran Thi Trien / studio photos by Jandee Kim

I’ve been working with Nguyen Family in Triem Tay village, Vietnam for few years. They are specialized in making a traditional sleeping mat with the rush that grows near their house. My project for TypoCraft Helsinki’17 starts with a small hanging mat that they gave me as a New Year’s Day gift. We’ve been developing some other patterns together ever since and they came up with an idea of weaving words on the mat.

It was a special moment to realize that we all get inspired from one another in the process of making something beautiful together. In order to form the typeface on the mat, Nguyen family and myself decided to use the warp and the weft and hence the upper case and the lower case have all been mixed up. The word “NOWHERE” can either be read as “no where” or “now here.” In any cases, it will show the state of your mind.

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NEW ONGGI tableware

Earthenware, Stoneware, Half glazed, Baked in electronic-kiln / 2014.summer / thrown-wheel by ceramic artist Wondong Shin / Icheon, Korea / studio photos by Jandee Kim

The goal of the project was to create a collection of tableware by using the mixture of two different properties of soils. Onggiware(Korean traditional pottery) is commonly used to store foods in the past in Korea. Traditionally, it was made out of the earth, deep in the lye and baked in the fire in the earthen-kiln for days.

As a result, each piece shows unexpected patterns with varying colors and textures. I was inspired by the variety of sense in pottery from the traditional method. The natural tones of colors were regenerated by mixing two different soils in a modern approach.

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soap base / 2017. summer / with Kyusik Kim(graphic designer @studio Public Graphic)

CLEAN SOAP is one of the cleaning tools with the type inherent in the shape of letters from the word ‘CLEAN’. Hoping that users would enjoy cleaning more with this these tools, we used different forms and materials to create each object, such as broom, dustpan, soap and towel for the occasion of TypoCraft Helsinki to Seoul exhibition in January 2017. In order to continue to communicate with the word ‘CLEAN,’ we made a second version of ‘CLEAN’ with only one material, namely soap, that represents the word directly; also a product that can be used every day.

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HABIT & REFLECTION brass basket

rush, brass / 2013.summer

collaboration with Fiber Weave / Kathmandu, Nepal /studio photos by Jandee Kim

It is natural to get attracted by what is being familiar with and natural to touch one’s mind when you are away from home. This experience eventually led to looking back on myself. I was surprised to see how easily I found myself fitting into a new environment while staying in Nepal for 3months.

The combination of my previous experiences and sensibility to an unfamiliar place became a useful tool to demonstrate my own design language. The natural materials and color tones of Nepal fascinated me to create a series of baskets and rugs. Each object is influencing the others to make a range of works in series.

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rush, hemp, powder coated metal / 2014.summer

commissioned by Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation / collaboration with Nguten Thi Rhung & Tran Thi Trien / studio photos by JongKeun Lee

In the street of old town in Hoi An, Vietnam, lines of electronic poles make different landscapes of shadow from the morning till the night. I was inspired by these changes of the scenery. I translated it into the traditional sleeping mat, which is structured in horizontal lines. Local people have long been using the sleeping mat to cool down the heat during their sleep under the tropical climate condition .

The mat is made out of local material ‘rush’ which grows on the riverside. Two people are teamed up to produce the weaving mat. I aimed to find the possibilities of using the traditional mat in different forms of households. I proposed it could be something put next to the door, such as a side bench, a basket or different size of doormats.

Jungyou Choi works as an independent designer, is interested in trivial daily matters and locality. Recently traveled around India, Nepal, Namibia and Vietnam for a couple of years for projects.

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With LINKKI, users can design movement whether it be for kinetic prototyping or for storytelling. The other primary usage of this toy is to draw using traces that linkage leaves behind. The drawing mechanism can be driven either by a hand crank or a motor.

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Press Play is a kinetic installation made of LEGO bricks as a group project from the course, Press Play in Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture. It was exhibited at Kluuvi gallery, Helsinki for the Helsinki Design Week from September 4th till 14th in 2014.

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Two stools Birch plywood, Willow, 2014

These are the final projects of Wood Studio Minor course @Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The goal was to make two stools in pair with the theme of roots, branches , a trunk and a treetop as an inspiration to our design, one with and the other without the fine finishing such as sanding and glueing.

Inspired by the mathematical geometric symmetry of nature, my idea was to make the cross section interesting to remind users of that of tree trunk. It was exhibited in Museum of Finnish Architecture as a part of exhibition, ‘Annual Rings 1994–2014. A New Generation of Wood Architecture’ Oct 8 – Jan 25 2014

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Roller stool Willow, Willow skin

The willow stool made at Kari Virtanen’s workshop, Fiskars village, Finland as the final classes of Wood Studio. Kari worked as a cabinet maker with Alvar Aalto and the founder of the furniture company, Nikari. From cutting and gathering material to sawing and finishing, all the process is done by traditional hand tools without automated machines.

My idea was to continue the previous concept: make the cross section interesting in terms of the mathematical symmetry in nature so that it reminds of the section of tree trunk. To do that, I weaved willows together to make some spiral shape on top of my stool. Willow skin was used to fasten the stool. No glue was applied.

Eunyoung Park is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and researcher who enjoys working at the intersection of separate domains to come up with a novel outcome particularly between art and science. Most of all, she values play and cross-disciplinary thinking in art, design and making practices and looks forward to working towards it. She was born and raised in South Korea and have been based in Helsinki since 2013.

Eunyoung Park

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Bucket low Taking the basketball hoop with an iconographical approach, Bucket is a versatile structure – by flipping upside down, it can be used as a stool, a ball storage, and a table base. Having observed people’s subconscious tendency of sitting on balls while resting after the game, the steel-frame was designed to playfully exaggerate this action of taking for granted. When the ball is placed on top, the structure becomes a playful, yet ergonomic stool. Bucket also comes in a taller size for the bar stool, a taller storage, and a taller table base.

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Haptic Intelligentsia Bringing Craftsmanship Into a Computerized Technology HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the virtual object and to directly transform it into the physical. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object. Without looking at the computer screen, the only way to visualize the virtual object is to pull the trigger and extrude the material along the feedback surface. The results are always unique and different, depending on how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. The sense of touch is no longer present in our current screen-based interface. HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA humanizes the 3D printing process, bringing the user a tactile relationship to the virtual object.

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Symbiotic Chair. A chair that requires symbiosis between the user and the object itself. The user must balance with their legs to sit down and the chair is obsolete without the user’s presence. As the user sits down, the weight put on the seat counterbalances directly onto their legs. This mutual dependency allows the user to feel empathy for the chair in a most tangible, physical way.

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Template Ruler. 2012. Laser cut acrylic sheet with UV print, 9 1/2″ x 3 11/16″ (24 x 9.3 cm). edition of 10

With a template ruler, consisting of the Apple Inc. logo in different sizes, I investigate the underlying problem of litigation among global corporations. Nowadays, it is not difficult to read or hear about the exhausting lawsuits between apple and samsung. Filing similar federal complaints in different courts, Apple won the battle in some countries, but lost in others. While many people are busy favoring one company and criticizing its rival, I rather focused on the ambiguity of the current intellectual property system. The template ruler literally manifests an action of copying, showing how easy it appears to infringe on a copyright. Just simply trace a logo on anything that you want to turn into an ‘iAnything’.

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Drink Link Sharing through Tea and Conversation DRINK LINK tea set is an exploration of the way we socialize and share around the table. Inspired by traditional tableware, the sets consist of a teapot connected to its cups literally linking each person to one another. Synthetic rope is wrapped around the vessels and hardened through a heating process, while still maintaining flexibility in the linkages to the cups. This arrangement encourages individuals to stay within a certain distance of one another, sharing in drink and conversation.

Homunculus : A representation of a human being, used to illustrate physiological, psychological, or other abstract human characteristics or functions. Joong Han Lee, founder of Studio Homunculus, is a global nomad. Born and raised in Seoul, he then moved to the US. After living in the Pacific Northwest, he studied Interactive Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, California. He now resides in the Netherlands, where he recently graduated from the Masters in Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2011. Studio Homunculus reflects human nature, in both the present and the future. The studio takes a human-centered approach to provoke a dialogue related to human behavior, psychology, and technology. Its work ranges from products and spaces to interactive experiences and systems, by questioning the essence of our daily surroundings and their semantics.

Studio Homunculus

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