Boo! It’s a Chair
February 2, 2012
The latest from the Korean design front: designer Jongho Park’s ‘Costume Collection,’ a series of works that play with material and shape to reinvigorate familiar forms of furniture. In the series, Park uses laser-cutting techniques to manipulate iron to look like wood and wood to look like fabric. Chairs, lights and stools appear like children draped in bed sheets on Halloween, with their feet sticking out endearingly from below. More after the jump.
As Park explained to M.E. Design Magazine, “People enjoy abundance and safety from familiarity,” but Park believes that same feeling of familiarity unsuspectingly leads to monotony and boredom. Park combats this ennui by creating pieces with strong visual impact; the sinuous, carved lines of conservative chair legs are suddenly cloaked with an abstractly geometric body. Upon closer inspection, laser-cut details reveal unexpected materials, most notably iron. Through practically seamless incongruities and illusions, ‘Costume Collection’ tactfully inspires curiosity and engagement with household objects.