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born 1979, Korean

Sang Hoon Kim is a South Korean designer who works with foam to create enigmatic and unique furniture that bring together scientific precision, experimentation, and design. Sang-Hoon Kim graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009, and from there started work for his family’s foam factory.  Kim’s family has owned a foam factory for over three generation, and this early exposure to foam and its unique properties invoked the creativity of Kim.

Kim became fascinated with the unique properties of foam as a material when he joined his family’s factory to develop a new mattress line in 2015, and began experimenting with both scientific and intuitive methods to inform his furniture production. Kim finds inspiration for his works in architecture, and creates pieces that define spaces, all while adding beauty to an environment. Kim’s interest in architecture has allowed him to apply the methods and elements of architecture to his works. It is Kim’s belief that furniture should be regarded as another dimension of architecture. The pieces he creates are rhythmically geometric in their construction and feature a great deal asymmetrical balance. His works function not only as space dividing units, but also as a connection between the two spaces; simultaneously possessing harmony and rhythm, along with a sense of haphazard instability.

Kim concentrates on creating different perspectives to experience the space. His pieces are meant to be viewed from all sides and angles, as open and closed; divide and combine; stable and unstable; regular and irregular; bright and dark; and negative and positive space. Kim’s pieces are designed around the form’s movement and their contrasting components. Through these methods Kim expresses his perception of light and movement, as well as communicates through the language of organic forms. Kim’s intuitive approach welcome’s experimentation and freedom within the chemical production of making, leading to impressively layered and multidimensional shapes and textures, all the while serving as usable design. The distinctive textures and varying levels of softness are masterfully crafted to create something that is more than the sum of its parts.

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