chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create furniture with pleats
 

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create furniture with pleats

korean designer chiho cheon has created a line of furniture using corrugated cardboard and concrete that explores the notion of homelessness. extending the ‘critieria‘ line, a series of pieces in dark hues including black, grey and deep green elements, cheon adds chairs, tables, and other sculpture objects, in vibrant shades of red, lavender, and egg blue.

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create pleated furniture

 

 

the collection proposes a literal criteria in the way people see homelessness. with it, the designer explores what he calls the ‘one-dimensional difference’ between homeless people and those who have a home.

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create pleated furniture

 

 

‘I came up with the concept when I saw the homeless people at seoul station in south korea,’ says cheon. ‘they were living in a box and I thought: what is the one-dimensional difference between the homeless and the ordinary people?’

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create pleated furniture

 

 

cheon argues how people experience the same social phenomenon by different standards and attempts to express this phenomenon through contrasting materials. he lacquers corrugated cardboard and cement to produce his new collection, producing rough textures and primitive shapes that serve as a basic canvas to assess the homelessness boundary.

 

‘the people who live within cement walls are considered ordinary people, and the people who live outside are homeless. the cement walls are the criteria for the ordinary.’

 

‘but to the homeless, people who live in the box are homeless and people who walk out of cardboard boxes are the ordinary people for homeless people.’

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create pleated furniture

 

 

concrete is heavy, sturdy and conveys permanence while cardboard is light, flimsy and disposable. the dichotomy of both materials further emphasizes the designer’s concept for his ‘criteria’.

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create furniture with pleats

 

 

‘people see the same social phenomenon by different standards. I wanted to propose a new standard for using materials, using corrugated cardboard and cement to present this phenomenon.’

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create furniture with pleats

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create furniture with pleats

chiho cheon lacquers corrugated cardboard to create pleated furniture

 

 

project info

 

project name: criteria
designer: chiho cheon

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    504,061 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine