Seung-Yong Song

Korean artist and designer Seung-Yong Song, who studied and worked in France but is currently based in Seoul, recently sent us these images of his work. Part furniture, part art object, part art installation, they’re quite beautiful, as are the words that describes the concept for each piece.

Object-E: “The unique name of things limit the range of product’s shape and function, but above all, the fact that there exists stereotyped function in accordance with each unique name suppresses my imagination. I am not willing to deny or destroy the identity based on the stereotype, but I only reinterpret the uses I need in my own design language.”

Object-A: “I am looking in every nook and cranny of the room to find hidden spaces. Under the table, beneath the bed, above the wardrobe … All the space in the room is completely full of odds and ends. There’s no other choice. And I start building my object like the city’s tallest building seen from the window in the room.”

Object-B: “I climb on a chair. I put books on a ladder. If things are freed from their own unique functions, we might agonize over how to use this objects.”

8-Objects: “I do not bother myself with looking for the perfect space to my own body. I read, work, eat and also sleep in this. This space is warm and free. This is my own space that makes all I want possible.”

Object-O: “I have memories that I made a den somewhere in my house as a child – Under the table, in the wardrobe, and in the attic – I created my own base and felt relieved as if I avoided enemies that were actually non-existent.”

Rong: “I yearn for a nomadic life, traversing a continent and crisscrossing meadows. With setting a fire and pitching a simple tent, there will be soon their home. I try imitating them in my dark house. Rong’s wire is long enough to make me a nomad within the house. From living room to bedroom, bedroom to kitchen, kitchen to… There is no place it cannot reach.”

Boksh: “As the dogs in a pet shop’s window meet their owner, they finally have their own name and reborn as a meaningful existence. Boksh, in accordance with the user, may be an illumination, a table, a shelf, or could also be something else.”

Point: “The most simple, free-standing structure, grooves, holes, and magnets. These factors are good enough to draw acts such as hanging, putting in, or attaching.”

V4: “Lightness and heaviness, lines and lumps, smoothness and roughness, coldness and warmth… All materials and forms balance through the course of colliding and confronting within one volume.”

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.