Tea Table
Ginko, Ott-chil
36 x 38 x 8cm
31.5 x 29 x 8cm

Kim Jae-kyoung designed the tea tables in the shapes of regular octagon and long octagon and gave them various uses. They can be used as a low tea table put on the floor in the sitting style, as a support for a centerpiece that highlights the dining table in the stand-up kitchen, and as a tray for safely moving food or objects from the kitchen when used upside down. On the top plate and the handle are engraved with a geometric pattern by Lee Un-cheon, an apprentice assistant of a Gangwon-do intangible cultural heritage gakjajang, and put beautiful ott-chil by a Gangwondo intangible cultural heritage, chiljang Kim sang-su.

This work is relatively small soban, but created by an experienced ott-chil artisan, a young apprentice assisant of a gakjajang, and a young designer after many steps of research. Especially, as well as it is unusual to have the calligraphic engraving on the top plate and the handle of soban, with which the designer intended to show the traditional calligraphic engraving and make us feel the texture of the engraving. The calligraphic engraving, which is used to decorate the woodblock print or the book cover, is meant to leave a trace in the user’s hand. For the people who are accustomed to the processed smoothness, we tried to broaden the range of interaction between objects and users with an unfamiliar approach to physical properties using the calligraphic engraving techniques.

KIM Sang-su

b.1960, works in Munmak, Kangwon-do
Regional Intangible Cultural Heritage for lacquer of Gangwon-do

  • 1979 Studied Under KIM Tea-hee, National Intangible Culture Heritage
  • 1975 Training Najeon Chilgi
Invited exhibitions
  • 2013 Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft, Triennale di Milano Design Museum, Italy
  • 2012 Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo, Taiwan
  • 2008 Craft Performance and Exhibition Torai Gallery, Japan
  • 2001 Grand Prize, Korea lacquer handicraft Art Exhibition
  • 2000 Silver Prize, Gangwon-do Technique Competition
  • 1998 Silver Prize, Gangwon-do Technique Competition

LEE Un-cheon

b.1981, works in Goseong, Kangwon
Assistant Instructor, Intangible Cultural Heritage for Letter Engraving of Kangwon-do

  • 2012-2017 MA. Study of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Korea National University of Cultural Heritage, Buyeo-gun
  • 2010-2012 certified Trainee, Letter Engraving, Master LEE Changseok, Goseong
  • 2005-2010 Student, Letter Engraving, Master LEE Changseok, Goseong
  • 1999-2006 A. Korean Education, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon
Invited exhibitions
  • 2010-2017 Meister of Letter Engraving Nominee Exhibition, Goseong Cultural Center, Goseong
  • 2014 Festival of Kangwon Intangible Cultural Heritage, Chuncheon National Museum, Chuncheon
  • 2013 Festival of Kangwon Intangible Cultural Heritage, Arirang Scène, Jeongseon
  • 2011 36th Korea Annual Traditional Handicraft Art Exhibition, National Folk Museum of Korea
  • 2007 59th Anniversary of Kangwon National University Exhibition, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon
  • 2013 Rookie Award, Festival of Kangwon Intangible Cultural Heritage, Jeongseon
  • 2011 Head of The Cultural Heritage Administration Prize, 36th Korea Annual Traditional Handicraft Art Exhibition
  • 2015-2016 Advanced Center for Korean Studies, Andong
  • 2013-2016 Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul
  • 2015 Seoul City Wall Museum, Seoul

KAMKAM (KIM Jae-kyoung)

b.1984, works in Seoul
Designer in Studio KAMKAM

  • 2007 BA. Wood Working and Furniture Design, Hongik univ. Seoul
Invited exhibitions
  • 2017 Uri Korea, Ruhe in Beschleunigung, Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 2016 Korea NOW, Bavarian National Museum, Munchen, Germany
  • 2015 Korea NOW_Craft, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
  • 2013 Salone Satellite, Milano Italia
  • 2012 Tent London/100% Design London, London UK
  • 2012 Arumjigi – Plato Samsung Museum, Seoul
  • 2011 The beauty in Living Voskel, Paris France
  • 2012 Next Generation Design Leaders, KIDP

Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany