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.

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‘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.

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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.

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the red lacquer makes the stool glow

jungmo seungyeon korean lacquer project stool paperweight designboom
hand-made in korea, ‘ore’ is a small paperweight

jungmo seungyeon korean lacquer project stool paperweight designboom
the lacquered surface reflects the light

jungmo seungyeon korean lacquer project stool paperweight designboom
modeling, 3D printing, aluminum casting

jungmo seungyeon korean lacquer project stool paperweight designboom
sketch ‘ore’ paperweight


the various color of the paperweight

 
the gloss of the lacquerware

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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