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Posts Tagged ‘ Korean ’

The Ripple Effect Tea Table.


According to Korean designers Jeonghwa Seo and Hanna Chung, easterners commonly believe that small changes of an individual person or object can make big impact on the larger society, thus, leading to a modest and totalitarian culture. (Basically, cool little things make us happy.)  This social tendency described as a ‘ripple effect’ was translated here into tea ceremony table.  As part of his graduation project for IM Masters Design Academy Eindhoven, ‘ripple effect tea table’ by Korean industrial designer Jeonghwa Seo in partnership with Hanna Chung is a reflection of eastern mentality towards social relationships.  Ripples are created on the top water layer of the table surface every time the tea cup and saucer are moved by the user.  Through this project, Seo and Chung wanted to emphasize the importance of considering cultural mentality and context as a backdrop to their work. I still have no idea where to buy one though. #SadFace

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Modern Furniture Dami series


If you’re looking for modern furniture for your home then you should pay attention to these wonderful pieces of furniture and lighting from “Dami” series. “Dami” means “put in” in Korean, so it’s easy to understand why these pieces are grate-like ones. To achieve this interesting Korean grill design and lightweight,yet sturdy appearance, designer Seung Yong Songhas used an eco-friendly particular manufacturing process: a CNC processing technique combined with Valchromat, an eco-friendly material (wood fiber) that has been colored throughout. Available for different and various usage depending on form and size, their industrial look would certainly work beautifully with a modern decor.

The 60 Million View Video For ‘Gangnam Style’.


“Gangnam Style” is a Korean language colloquialism that refers to a luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district, an affluent and trendy area of Seoul.  The music video features Psy dancing at various locations in Gangnam.  The “skewering of the Gangnam image” by the “non-Gangnam PSY” is recognizable to Korean viewers, but those less familiar with the cultural context have found the video “fresh” amidst the teen pop idol groups increasingly popular with overseas viewers.  The video is a massive hit on YouTube garnishing around 60 million views.  Check the method.

Choi Xooang Sculptures.


Delicate yet nightmarish, these painted polymer clay figures by Seoul-based artist Choi Xooang are nothing short of remarkable. Try as I might it’s hard to find a definitive, trustworthy article to source information from, and even the spelling of his name seems to change from site to site. However it seems generally accepted that Xooang is attempting to draw attention to human rights abuses in Korea, and seeing these somewhat macabre, stunted figures unable to see or speak, it’s hard to dispute that. You can see much more of his work at Mu Um and Slash, though be warned it’s somewhat graphic (generally nudity). I admit the mushroom cloud sculpture is a bit of a one-off, but I saw it was just posted yesterday and couldn’t resist.

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