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Impossible Trees by WOLFS + JUNG is an ongoing series of constructed nature. These works, first started in Belgium with their earlier tree project 'NATURE V2.01(2006 - 2010)', involve exploration of natural textures, organic shapes and forms, and human perception of nature.

Intended neither to look fully natural nor artificial, these objects at first sight may look as if they had been found as such; but upon close inspection, reveal themselves to be impossible trees, growing in the shapes and directions that could not occur naturally.

Sculpted in recomposing hundreds of natural tree bark fragments and then casted using lost-wax techniques, these bronze seatings and sculptures question what we perceive as 'natural,' reflecting today's world of biotechnology and increasing human manipulation of nature.

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Tree Study #05 2016/17 stool, polished bronze lost wax casting 60W, 29D,49H(cm) edition of 8 + 2 AP

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Tree Study #03 2015 stool, polished bronze lost wax casting 63W,31D,45.5H(cm) edition of 8 + 2 AP originally upholstered with natural Acacia bark

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Moon Tree 2015 jar, cast bronze 44W,44D,45H(cm) edition of 8 + 2 AP originally upholstered with natural Acacia bark

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Nature V2.01 project questions the contemporary definition of ‘nature’ in a world increasingly filled with genetically modified products. Intended as a catalyst for the debates on the correlation between human, nature and the industry; these transformed tree series explores the possibility of organically manufactured artifacts in the form of conceptual seating pieces.

Their experiments, upholstered in natural tree bark, were made by gathering thousands of bark pieces of various kinds, painstakingly assembling them. Since 2009, three pieces of these tree trunk series have been casted in bronze, a material valued for its patina that develops over time as in nature.

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Square Tree Trunk series_bench II 2009 bench 150 L x 38 D x 38 H (cm) bronze (edition of 8) lost wax technique, yellow and green bronze original piece upholstered using oak bark by Emmanuel Wolfs + BoYoung Jung

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Tree Trunk Chair II 2009 chair 80 W x 80 D x 80 H (cm) bronze (edition of 8) lost wax technique original piece upholstered using larch bark by Emmanuel Wolfs + BoYoung Jung

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Pipe Dream 2012 daybed 60.5 W x 218 L x 56 H (cm) welded metal structure made of mild steel pipes, cast iron scaffolding fasteners handmade by Wolfs + Jung

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Untitled (The Flag) 2011 chair + found objects 50 W x 53 D x 125 H (cm) welded metal structure made of mild steel pipes, bamboo pole, red plastic bag handmade by Emmanuel Wolfs + BoYoung Jung

WOLFS + JUNG is an art/design collective founded by Emmanuel Wolfs(Belgium) and BoYoung Jung(South Korea). Born in 1977 in Brussels, Emmanuel Wolfs graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Design Products (2004), and studied Industrial Design at LaCambre, Brussels (2002). BoYoung Jung, born in 1978 in Gwangju, studied Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hong-ik University, Seoul (1997-2002) and also completed an MA in Design Products at RCA, London (2005).

Following their studies, BoYoung and Emmanuel set up their studio DrawMeaSheep (2005-2008, renamed WOLFS + JUNG in 2009) in Belgium, as a platform to explore the critical and conceptual dimensions of domestic objects.

WOLFS + JUNG

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The Ribbon.

The Ribbon is a lighting sculpture which can be customised in shape and size to suit the project.

A single segment of the ribbon measures at 1.2m length if straightened.

Each segment is fitted with 3 number flexible OLED panels on one side whilst the opposite solid side is finished with 24ct gold leaf. This double side design is created with an intention to bring out the reflections of light when multiple segments are interacting in the installation.

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MATERIALS

Handcrafted plastic resin.

Surface finished with 24ct - 22.5ct gold leaf. Various colors of Gold leaf finishes are available.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

As all the ribbons are custom and handmade, each one of the ribbons is in a unique shape.

Each ribbon unit contains 3 number 400x50mm flexible OLED panels.

Each ribbon unit would be 1.2m length if straightened.

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The Ribbon 2016 Maison & Objet

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Light Light

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Rebecca

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Director

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Reflector

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Installation Hansel and Gretel

Supported by Museum der Weltkulturen, the installation was presented in the garden of Museum der Weltkulturen as part of the 2006 Luminale, an acclaimed lighting festival held biennially in Frankfurt. The installation was inspired by story of the Hansel and Gretel which was written by Frankfurt origin the bothers Grimm.

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Night Maker

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Pong

MIN SANG CHO is a London based lighting artist who has a strong background in craft, design and architectural lighting engineering.

After graduating from Royal College of Art in 2004, he has been actively working on large and small scale projects for various clients, from a corporate to a charity.

Min sang CHO distinguishes himself from other lighting engineers and luminaire creators by taking an innovative and versatile architectural approaches.

MIN SANG CHO

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Plié Highchair, 2018

Material: ash wood, vegetable tanned leather

Dimension: W 45cm x L 41cm x H 74cm

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Wrinkly Handle Tray, 2018

Material: mirror finish steel, powder-coated aluminum tubing

Dimensions: L 34.5cm x W 49cm x H 15 cm

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Wrinkly Bed Tray, 2018

Material: powder-coated aluminum

Dimensions: L 43.5cm x W 63cm x H 24 cm

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Big Arm Sofa, 2016

Brand: Capsule

Dimension: W87” x H26.5” x D35”

Material: indigo felt, brass plated steel tubing

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Margaux Dresser, 2016

Brand: Nursery Works

Dimension: W46” x H49” x D17.5”

Material: Azul Macauba marble, steel tubing, solid ash with Baltic birch drawer bottom

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Wired Greens, 2016

Airplant holders designed to complement their most noticeably absent feature as plants: their stems!

Playfully formed to contrast the organic nature of the specimen, the holders were designed to work as mini stand alone sculptures when deprived of their green companions.

Material: Powder-coated steel

Chelsea J. Park is Lausanne based designer from Korea. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree on product design at ECAL. Graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Science in industrial design, she has worked with a variety of of design studios from around the world: TAF, vHM, Kyuhung Cho, Studio E.O, MDB, NONOBJECT.

Chelsea is always in search of weak signals, subtle indications of things to come, things to be, resulting in a research-heavy process structured around a strong affinity for color, materiality and form resulting in original and striking designs.

Chelsea J. Park







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