The work which I have submitted gives a new possibility. I tried to design new dishes for those who have difficulty eating without assistance. I was inspired by the way one holds a bowl in his or her hand and how one brings the food close to his or her mouth.
From this inspiration, I designed the bowl with a handle. I tried six different types of bowls and glasses, and researched the structure that is easy to grab and hold for the user.
Building a house is difficult.
It requires expertise, skills, and a variety of equipment.
The DIV House Kit is an semi-assembled architectural design kit, which allows everyone to build a house with ease.
The DIV House Kit requires only 2-4 people, a few electric drills and hand tools to build a house.
Appropriate technical design.
A desk with the shape of a letter.
It is made by cheap and manageable material, corrugated cardboard which is lightweight, foldable, and portable. When using the desk, one can simply put the table legs together and open up the table, similarly to how one would open a letter.
The concept started from wondering why there are no handicapped customers in fashion stores. Handicapped people should have the right to enjoy the same clothing as ordinary people.
I designed a clothing pattern that allows anyone to wear different types of clothing they desire. The pattern allows anyone, handicapped or not, to freely choose their wardrobe options, regardless of size. Users can connect buttons or zippers to fit their shape.
Also, this pattern can also be applied to common tops such as T-shirts, jackets, or shirts. From a business perspective, a wider range of customers can be obtained.
Every year, about 60 percent of abandoned furniture is buried and incinerated in Korea. In this respect, I propose 'RE:FURNITURE', a service that allows these furniture to be collected, repaired and rented out.
The RE:FURNITURE ecosystem includes 'RE-GIVER', or donators who give the used furniture; 'RE-DESIGNER', the up-cycling designers; 'RE-WORKER', elders who repair and process the furniture; and 'RE-USER's, who rent out the reprocessed furniture. The best part of this ecosystem is that the 'RE-USE R's could return as 'RE-GIVE R's, creating a bigger virtuous cycle.
'RE:FURNITURE' protects our environment from being contaminated by waste furniture. It also creates a better world by providing jobs for senior citizens.
Due to the recent proliferation of online shopping and the development of delivery service culture, we exchange more parcels than ever before. Often, the products are packed in disposable wrappers, which are quickly thrown away after the goods are received.
If the material on the package is recyclable (paper or plastic) or biodegradable (e.g., paper), less harm could be done to the environment. An enormous amount of wrapping papers are partially recycled or discarded each year. From a recycling perspective, wrappers are difficult to be recycled 100% because of impurities such as tape and ink. Even if it were biodegradable, the sheer amount would increase the burden on nature to heal itself. What if we could re-use disposable wrappers? Slowing down the life cycle of the package was the initial starting point of this project.
Mist is a modular space divider design that embodies the phenomenon of a fog. The shape of the module was inspired by the droplet particles that make up the fog. Modules are manufactured from TPU, a thermoplastic elastomer, and can be recycled through additional heat molding.
The mist consists of three basic modules and one connecting module and can turn into a combined structure through its soft material. Just like a fog that does not have a specific layout, it is possible for the user to freely create an orderly or natural atmosphere depending on the arrangement of the modules.
Similar to a real fog that adds depths and divides spaces in nature, Mist creates a dreamy and tranquil atmosphere in your daily space.
This project was inspired by the novel 'Egalia's Daughters' which depicts a fictional world with reversed gender roles of men and women. My colleague Alice Watel and I designed objects and clothes (men's underwear which covers genitals, contemporary art works inspired by women's urinals ... etc.) and put them together to create a hypothetical living room.
Patriarchy has always excluded women from society, and this project is an attempt to overthrow it. The objects come together to create strange landscapes, which ironically reveal the absurdity of the patriarchal system and gender roles in our society.
The design of this experimental object started from an observation of a situation that anyone could sympathize with. Many people have moments in the shower, thinking where to put their smartphones to listen to music. To solve this common problem without any unnecessary behavior or hi-tech electronic products, I have designed a simple analogue docking method to amplify music.
Considering the situation, method, and environment which adds design to a familiar daily product, I have used classical materials and forms to highlight the design concept. I hope this wood piece, which is almost like a wind instrument, can transmit a sound that heals the day-to-day fatigue of the modern people.
Pre-configured in six sizes, the "NESTOOL" system was designed accordingly with the "EN-1729-1" size mark standard as the ergonomic guide. The system can accommodate various seating heights that can fit everyone from a 3-year old child to an adult. It can become counters, display tables and seating arrangements for all. The system is directly connected to this year KSYDA's theme "Inclusiveness"; accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, and physical difference.
Its archetypal form is enhanced with arched surfaces to maximize usability in reconfiguring the arrangements and stability of stools. The dovetail corner joints are milled to half of its thickness at the ends, into which the sides fit beautifully and precisely, without any metal parts.
When curiosity arises, sit on it.
And when you do, you will become an avocado, or an egg.
The Huhu Cushion Project aims to turn people's unconscious behaviors into a design element. I wanted to create a product design that is completed through interaction with the user, ultimately eliminating the anxiety embedded in their habits.
The project started from an observation of fidgeting, a common behavior that people engage in when they are anxious or nervous. Fidgeters engage in all sorts of behaviors, such as biting their nails, or shaking their legs. The Huhu cushion helps these fidgeters by giving them something else to fidget about; the cushion has a string which could be pulled out or pushed in- transforming the design of the product itself. In this process, an unconscious behavior that spurs from anxiety turns into a creative and productive trigger that completes the design. In this modern society, we all feel anxious and nervous from time to time, and turn to fidgeting.
The naming of the product - "huhu" was inspired by the sound that people make when they try to gain inner peace by taking deep breaths. I hope the Huhu cushion can help us all to control our emotions.
The Opposite Sofa consists of cushions with two different types of fabric. Depending on one's taste or mood, one can turn the cushions to their desired texture. The sofa allows people to not only change the texture, but also the structure and color of the sofa.
The sofa is typically a furniture that is used for a long time. Most often times, the sofa is shared with different types of people.
However, it is difficult to buy a sofa that satisfies everybody’s preferences. This is because a typical sofa uses a single material and texture. The Opposite Sofa will allow everyone to use the sofa for a longer time, with better comfort. I hope everyone can have a comfortable day sitting on the sofa with the texture they want.
Public places are not so busy unless there is a special event such as festivals or sports events. Therefore, it is not very efficient to permanently operate multiple trash cans. But on the other hand, we also cannot have a few trash cans overflowing with trash when there’s a special occasion.
Modulated waste bin is the solution designed to be used in both situations. The modulated waste bin provides flexibility with its stackable design.
This power strip design makes it easy to remove cords from the sockets by pressing individual buttons associated with each socket.
The three different connection dispensers on the power strip allow people to connect their devices easily regardless of people's individual situation, physical condition or ability.
Reversible: Flip to Use.
The Reversible Chair can be simply flipped to be used by both children and adults. This is a chair for everyone, regardless of age.
The Anglefoise Lamp was originally invented because it was not easy to move the lamps in the desired direction or vary the light control in a fixed position.
In the modern days, beam projectors face similar problems: angle adjustment is difficult, and spatial functionality is low.
The Stand Projector is free from these restrictions and makes it possible for everyone to enjoy free leisure life from various angles. It also suggests a new lifestyle beyond the realm of simple beam projectors through connectivity with smartphones; it can project daily images, clocks, schedules, or even be utilized as lighting.
A resting place for the standing worker
Everyone needs a place to rest. Especially, people who stand during their working hours commonly have problems with their lower bodies, and thus require occasional rest more than others.
I observed that service workers typically lean against the wall or desk when there are no customers. This reminded me of a bird sitting on a branch for a moment, and so I designed the 'Branch Chair', on which workers can take a moment to rest.
A full scale chair that is perfectly comfortable is not accessible nor appropriate for service workers; rather, they need a chair where they can briefly lean on, like the Branch Chair. I hope that this design can help with their difficulties.
My work applied the characteristics of transformation painting to fashion design. Three different patterns have been cut at regular intervals, arranged in order to mix, and sealed with pin tuck creases.
Through this method, three different geometrical patterns that gradually overlap and change depending on the direction and angle of the wearer and observer's view were freely used. The motifs-which were simplified into symbols-were intended to effectively represent visual change through material techniques.
This design is inspired by the symbol 'oo', which represents infinity. The project embodies my design philosophy that everything is connected through endless interaction with one another.
This piece was designed with an endless single line. At both ends, there are two chairs facing each other with a table in the middle, connecting the two chairs. It creates an endlessly connected atmosphere. The two chairs represent me and all the others, who affect me deeply. This means that my energy is also connected to others, influencing them and ultimately coming back to me. This is why it is sustainable.