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Ki Hyun Kim

MA work

Platform 14


In starting to design a wooden chair, I looked at the properties of woods. What intrigued me most was balsa wood. Balsa is a hardwood, but unique. It grows fast, is light in colour, with a very soft, warm texture. Most surprising, as the lightest of all woods, is its weight.


Exploring this material, my process is based on reinterpreting craft techniques combined with developing alternatives to industrial methods. Although seemingly disparate, the combination retains a commitment to experiment, challenge and innovate.


The chair intends to reflect practical considerations, in terms of production, use and everyday beauty.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2011

  • Platform 14


    In starting to design a wooden chair, I looked at the properties of woods. What intrigued me most was balsa wood. Balsa is a hardwood, but unique. It grows fast, is light in colour, with a very soft, warm texture. Most surprising, as the lightest of all woods, is its weight.


    Exploring this material, my process is based on reinterpreting craft techniques combined with developing alternatives to industrial methods. Although seemingly disparate, the combination retains a commitment to experiment, challenge and innovate.


    The chair intends to reflect practical considerations, in terms of production, use and everyday beauty.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Industrial Design, Kyungwon University, Korea, 2007
  • Experience

  • Internship, PearsonLloyd Design Ltd, London, 2010; Senior designer, Loofen inc, Seoul, Korea, 2009; Researcher/teaching assistant, Kyungwon University, Seongnam, Korea, 2007-8
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Intent, Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy, 2011; Super Christmas Market, Somerset House, London, 2009; Design My Youngsters, Am Flutgraben 3, Berlin, Germany, 2008; Manifesto for Annual Design, Seoul Art Center, Hangram Design Museum, Seoul, Korea, 2007
  • Awards

  • First prize, GQ Korea 3rd Dream Project Award, 2008; Winner, Concept Award, Red Dot Design Award, 2007; Second prize, Furniture, gaguguide Award, 2006