sang hoon Kim

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b. 1979 in Seoul
2009_ Master of Fine Art in Cranbrook Academy of Art, U.S.
           3D Dept.
2009 _ Winner of the ICFF Studio, New York
2010 _ Winner of the Young Tanlent Design Award
            as part of the I.D. Magazine Design Review
        _ Winner of the Next Generation Design Leader 
           Selected from Ministry of Knowledge Economy in Korea
2009~2011_ exhibited Design Fair at the ICFF New York
                    iSaloni Milan, 100% Design London, NeoCon Chicago
2010~2015_ exhibited Art Fair at Design Miami/Basel
                    Salon Art+Design, Design Days Dubai
2018 _ First Solo Show at G.Gallery Seoul
2010~2016_ Artist in Gallery SEOMI
2011~        _ Teaching Furniture Design at Kookmin University   
                    Interior Deisgn Dept.

architectural perspective

As a furniture designer, his interest in architecture has allowed him to apply the methods and elements used in architectural ideas in his work. In his perspective, furniture should be regarded as another dimension of architecture. In addition, his artistic vision includes creating designs that would inspire further artistic visions and potentially transpire other designs. 

Kim concentrates on creating different perspectives to experience the space that we do not realize the importance of how much we can feel and experience through it as in air that they always face. As open and closed; divide and combine; stable and unstable; regular and irregular; and bright and dark, he explores and attempts to address such ideas. By accommodating these different characteristics into the works, he aims to express his perception of the light movement and communicate in the language of an organic form as an object.

Seduced by its creative and visionary shape which brings dynamism into a room, Kim attempts to represent interactive relationship between lines and sides within the space as well as creating a feeling of movement and life with the light passing through it like the sun shining through trees. 'Phenomena' is the first in a series of products in which his architectural attitude and the phenomenon of nature are expressed into the form of furniture. In reminiscent of fluctuations of water, the curves in all the right places, the Phenomena Room Divider plays with the concept of light. The overall form mimics the movement of light and shadow while the curved sides and multiple layers allow the piece to receive and reflect light from countless angles. The kinetic force of light presents unique illusions through reflection, refraction and shadow. 

Considering proportions and balances to divide space is the most important tool for Kim to express his own way of thinking to work. Built from cut out curvy strips of wood, the piece also strikes a perfect balance between division and connection, playfully inviting someone on the other side to bond with a sidelong glance between the layers. The organically flowing object symbolizes interaction between the dimensions, while segmenting open spaces with a modern flair.                

                                     click here to see his architectural perspective 


without any formalities

without formality

The Foam Series: 

Made from a flexible material 'Memory Foam'.

-another making process
-without any formalities
-flexible and comfort

The Foam Series is designed as if modeling with clay or drawing pictures without any formalities. It is the Memory Foam that makes such creative idea comes into life.

The Memory Foam is made by chemical reaction of different solutions including Polyol. One of its distinctive aspects is that possible to modify the mix ratio of chemical solutions to create an object suitable for various purposes. Using this characteristics, the frame of furniture was foaming with a high hardness to withstand the load and the cushioning layer was lowered.

The surface increases the density of the foam so that it does not tear easily, and delays foaming time to express the desired shape and texture. These forms become a new piece of work due to their adhesiveness.

Sang Hoon Kim is familiar with the Polyurethane foam (memory foam), for his family business has been operating ‘Foam factory’ over the last three generations. Naturally, it is the material that he has had an interest since he was a child.

In recent years, he has been interested in the fact that he could control the various properties of the foam so he came up with new works.

                        click here to see his works of without any formalities