Useful Chair

by Sanghyeok Lee Germany

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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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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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