front view of ‘sequence gestures’

the work of korean furniture designer sung won lee explores social and public spaces through furniture installations and commissions. ‘sequence gestures’ aims to make furniture based on the process of characteristic movements made within social interaction.

if gestures work not only to deliver emotion and clarify certain expressions to onlookers, they also help carry a conversation. as part of non-verbal communication, they range from subtle to highly expressive and are important in understanding implicit meanings in conversations.  often non-native speakers rely on them to interpret words, as well as subtexts of conversations.

sung won lee: sequence gestures side view

‘sequence gestures’ is a chair that reflects and refracts these positions and movements to recreate the exploratory nature of past conversations in a framework that encourages new and future interactions. the physicality of the chair brings new connections and perceptions of one’s immediate space through the complex shadow patterns it engenders. supported by the stool as a simpler design for multiple production the two elements in combination are intended to create graphically visual social spaces.

sung won lee: sequence gestures shadows of the multiple gestures

sung won lee: sequence gestures up close of metal work

sung won lee: sequence gestures half side view

demonstration of body gestures mirrored within the chair’s design:

sung won lee: sequence gestures

sung won lee: sequence gestures