irregularly stacked volumes capture korean tradition of wish-making in this wood cabinet

irregularly stacked volumes capture korean tradition of wish-making in this wood cabinet

jaewoo ahn draws on the primitive act of stacking stones

 

Inspired by the primitive act of stacking stones, deeply rooted in the tradition of wish-making in Korean culture, Jaewoo Ahn presents the Stack series. A chest of drawers designed to store precious items — much like how pebbles and rocks are embodiments of one’s whispered desires — Stack is composed of irregularly sized volumes seemingly balanced atop one another in a delicate state of equilibrium. 

 

Its overall form takes the shape of a tower, with the dark plywood volumes’ raw essence complemented by the vibrancy of the brass handles. Each of the handles is finished with distinct textures intended to recall elements of nature which poetically age with the passage of time.

irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
all images courtesy of Jaewoo Ahn

 

 

stack balances the raw essence of wood and textured brass

 

At first glance, Stack may seem to be a wooden sculpture punctuated with gilded pins, yet once the handles are pulled, its function is revealed. Cast in textured brass, the doorknobs reveal the shapes of stones that Jaewoo Ahn collected himself, grounding the project in a reconnection with nature. ‘Over time, you can feel the surface of the stones wearing away, revealing the beauty of nature’s passage,’ notes the designer. Just as there are various reasons for stacking stones each individual can make use of the internal spaces as they wish. ‘Some people stack stones for mindfulness and meditation, while others stack them for wish-making,’ Ahn continues.

 

Stack follows Jaewoo Ahn’s explorations of balance and composition of light, form, space, and life for poetic design objects for the home that are at once sculptural and functional. An intricate light installation powered by a pulley, Equilibrium features a spherical glass lighting and pendulums, set into motion by gravity and physical forces.

irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
Jaewoo Ahn presents Stack

irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
at first glance, Stack appears to be a sculpture, yet once the brass handles are pulled, its function is revealed

irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
irregularly sized volumes appear to balance atop one another in a delicate state of equilibrium

irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
the dark plywood volumes’ raw essence is complemented by the vibrancy of the brass handles

irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
the handles are composed of collected stones cast in brass

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irregularly stacked volumes capture the korean tradition of wish-making in jaewoo ahn's wooden cabinet
Stack 2, the second, smaller, iteration of the series

 

 

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Jaewoo Ahn  draws on the meditative act of stacking stones connected to wish-making in Korean culture

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casting process

irregularly stacked volumes capture korean tradition of wish-making in this wood cabinet
production process

 

 

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stones collected by the designer
stones collected by the designer
doorknob brass casting
doorknob brass casting

project info:

 

name: Stack
designer: Jaewoo Ahn

 

 

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: ravail khan | designboom

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