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Inspired by Soban portable dining tables in Korea, Plainoddity designed a pair of tables, OA[oa], that could be used for other purposes in everyday life.

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원형 ㅗㅏ : circle OA[oa] table

By removing the typical decoration found on the Soban tables, they were able to simplify the designs to make the modern, multi-use tables. When the tables are not in use, they can be hung on the wall with an OA Hook.

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팔각 ㅗㅏ : octagon OA[oa] table

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ㅗㅏ걸이 : OA[oa] hook

Plainoddity

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Enfield swivel bar stool and side chair

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Shaker Bench

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Public Seating for MMCA Korea

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Hat Lamp

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Shell Desk

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Sprung Side Chair

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Sprung Sidechair, Shell_Desk

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Basket Tray

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Judd Table

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Shaker laundry basket

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Shaker Rocker

Studio gorm is design office founded in 2007 by John Arndt and Wonhee Arndt. They design products, furniture, lighting, interiors and exhibitions. They work for a variety of international clients. Their designs are informed by their speculative academic research which explores culture, history and technology and how objects and ideas evolve to fit the needs of modern life.

While they work as designers of functional objects they have backgrounds in sculpture and craft which strongly informs their work. Their methods are rooted in physical making where objects evolve out of an experimental constructive approach to design. Their products are simple practical and thoughtful, approachable forms designed for everyday life. Their office is based in Eugene Oregon where they are both professors in the Product Design Department at the University of Oregon.

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Studio gorm

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Pop up my chair: The stools and benches in Jongha Choi’s “De-dimension” collection are part of his Master’s project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He’s sure to bag a lot of attention in the social media: The playful design and the surprise effect of folding and unfolding the furniture is bound to set the heart of any dedicated Instagrammer racing. Made of aluminum, steel and stainless steel, the seats can be folded up and hung like decorative prints on the wall to save space.

For the folding mechanism Choi was inspired by so-called “pop-up books”. His project started with the question how different the perception of an object is when in 2D rather than 3D and to what extent this perception can be undermined and changed. At present, the Korean designer is experimenting with additional materials and models for “De-dimension”. by Anna Moldenhauer

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The transformation to the seat is done with a handle. Made of aluminum, steel and stainless steel, the folded seats are robust and flexible.

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The history of the image has always aligned with the history of the human race. In our vast history, it has been understood and depicted in various forms. Nowadays, owing to scientific technology, it is developing in its form, from photography, film and even further towards virtual reality. Even the advent of 3D printing skills shake our fundamental notion of the image. Unlike the past, we are not only seeing the image as a means of reproducing objects, but also giving essential identity to the image itself.

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In other words, though the image still shows its visual effect on a flat plane, it is not just an expression of representation, but a making real an experience. In our current situation, in which modern society experiences the image, in relation to advertising, image circulation and the internet, why do we not question an images’ confinement to a flat surface.

Why don’t we try to get more stereoscopic and attempt for direct experience with the image. My question started with this point and I tried several experiments in order to realise this idea from a personal point of view.

Jongha Choi







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