Jaru by Jungmo Yang: A Handle to Korea’s Cultural Heritage

02.18.20 | By
Jaru by Jungmo Yang: A Handle to Korea’s Cultural Heritage

As part of a Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation project, South Korean designer Jungmo Yang collaborated with chijiang (lacquerware) master Sora Ahn to produce a lacquered dish that can be used for candles as well as food.

Yang visited Sora Ahn’s workshop to learn about the various colors of lacquer and the CNC-processed woods she used. This is when Yang learned that they were trying to produce an object that could be made using a three-axis CNC, so as to cut down time spent on woodwork.

Yang spent six months finding a new form for the lacquerware that could be produced efficiently with three-axis CNC and utilize the beautiful lacquers in the workshop.

Yang’s Jaru collection consists of a plate and candle holder. The dish is stackable so food can be stored in layers, while the candle holder can be used for tea lights.

Keshia grew up in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. When she was living abroad after graduation, a chance enrollment at the Architectural Association Visiting School led to her becoming enamored with door schedules and architectural écriture. She's particularly interested in design for aging, rural architecture, and Asian design heritage.