The idea behind the contemporary chair by Bae Se-Hwa was inspired by nature and implemented the use of natural elements such as bent, curved walnut pieces to bring about an organic presence in any given space. Bae Se Hwa’s concept utilizes a consistent array of linear wooden pieces to accentuate a gradual surface; this allowed his design to spark international interest at the 2010 Design Miami Fair.

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It takes the basic structural function of a chair but introduces natural curves that emphasizes the dynamic rhythm is a subtle yet harmonious way. The curves that are created have the feeling as if it was constructed to fit adequately with the human form and invites individuals to participate in multiple kinds of activities, such as lying down, some form of meditation, or contemplation.

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His work illustrates how furniture can become the balance between materiality and the flow of movement through space. The use of slight adjustments and distortions creates an endless valve that brings forth warmth and a nested presences. Bae Se-Hwa developed the design of the chair form the Korean idea of “ Baesanimsu” which states that a structure is built with a mountain towards its back and water at its front.

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This concept places structural elements in juxtaposition with nature and allows it to gradually assimilate, similarly Bae Se-Hwa allows his contemporary chair to have a natural existence through the representation of flowing water of the undulating curved pieces that form a monolithic mold.

By Amal Dirie

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