For this project, Kwangho was inspired by one of the typical production methods in Tajimi – the clay extrusion. He created a module with a section in the form of a looped line, that can be extruded to different lengths in order to assume different functions. The modules can be stacked horizontally or vertically to form various basic objects, like walls or benches.
When the modules are aligned, the repeated loop has an almost hand-drawn quality, creating patterns reminiscent of knitted fabric. “Knitting” has been an important theme in Kwangho’s work, and he has explored it often in different materials and on diverse scales. In his work with tiles, Kwangho’s knitting theme creates references to the varying states of clay, from initially soft and malleable to ultimately hard and fixed.
Kwangho Lee (born, 1981) completed his studies in Metal Art & Design in 2007, before establishing his own design studio in Seoul. Since childhood Kwangho has greatly enjoyed making things by hand, a passion he inherited from his grandfather. His grandfather was a farmer who crafted daily household goods from the natural materials he found nearby. His grandfather’s influence formed Kwangho’s perspective and way of working. In his work, Kwangho is always trying to discover, revise and reinterpret the ordinary to give new meaning and function to everyday objects. He does this with a particular interest in the physicality of materials and the joints uniting them, working with artificial as well as natural materials, such as styrofoam, PVC, marble, copper, enamel, steel and ceramic Kwangho was nominated for Jury's Selection of Designer at the Future at Design Miami/Basel, 2009, was selected as Artist of The Year in 2011 by the Korean Ministry of Culture, and Young Craftsperson of The Year by Yeol-a Society for Korean Cultural Heritage, 2013. His works have been shown at Commissaires, Johnson Trading Gallery, Victor Hunt, Karena Schuessler, Clear Gallery & Edition and Gallery Seomi, as well as with group and international exhibitions such as Design Miami/Basel, and Design Days Dubai. Kwangho’s work is in the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, while a number of features of his work have been released in major design publications worldwide.