Useful Chair

by Sanghyeok Lee Germany

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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 78x60x69
Material : Brass, Oak wood
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Luckily, I got commissioned to develop a new work right after my graduation. I was very fresh and enthusiastic about everything after my studies. I thought I trained enough to continue exploring my journey after moving to a new country, Germany. But the reality was different. I had to figure out where I live, where I would work, visa, insurance, language, etc. And of course, I had to check “Arbeitsloser (jobless)” on the official paper at that time.

All of these obstacles came to me as a burden, but I decided to use this one-of-a-kind life experience into something. I was insecure and fragile at the same time. One day, I noticed the scaffolding set up for repainting the building. I was looking at the scaffolding, I figured myself into the structure and was thinking about the life of the scaffolding structures. That was the moment when this useful project was born. Both scaffolding structures and I, are very useful yet insecure simultaneously. There are many contrasts in this project. Useful but jobless, lightness but substantial, vulnerable but determined.

Photos / David Stjernholm

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Weight 15 kg
Dimensions 85 × 65 × 80 cm
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Sanghyeok Lee

Sanghyeok Lee is a designer and artist whose practice is based on his interest in the rational realization of an immaterial idea with the attitude that suggests a new perspective on an inanimate object. His work seeks to manifest materials’ true nature and their harmonious forms while redefining the meaning and function of technology in production. Also, Lee recontextualizes the relationship between object and space by using architecture and city, as metaphors of the two; at the same time, creates an atmosphere, which dynamically reverses or mixes the interior and exterior of space, and a new spatial experience. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.