founded in 2014 and based in seoul, studio jungmo seungyeon is known for experimenting with materials and production techniques, and applying them to everyday products. because of this, they were selected by the KTCC (korean traditional culture center) in a competition that asked for an object designed using the country’s traditional materials.
‘yongmaru stool’ coated in korean lacquer
while researching the traditional materials, jungmo seungyeon met with namgwon lyu, a korean lacquer craftsman. he invited the studio to his workshop in namwong, where an interest in the color and gloss of the lacquerware arose. after this enlightening visit, the project was devised: to produce a stool and a paperweight, both coated with the classic varnish that differentiates from the other finishing materials because of the attention to the glossiness of the lacquer.
the lacquer adds shimmering characteristics to the seating object
‘yongmaru’ is a stool coated with the traditional korean lacquer in such a way that it glows when a light shines on it. this effect creates a subtle and magnificent luminescence. on the other hand, ‘ore’, a small paperweight has been shaped by hand for in order to achieve a surface that reflects the light.
the red lacquer makes the stool glow
hand-made in korea, ‘ore’ is a small paperweight
the lacquered surface reflects the light
modeling, 3D printing, aluminum casting
sketch ‘ore’ paperweight
the various color of the paperweight
the gloss of the lacquerware
edited by: juliana neira | designboom