The South Korean Designer Making “Art Futons” A Thing
As a Cranbrook grad back in 2009, the South Korean–born designer Sang Hoon Kim rode his graduation project all the way to a feature in The New York Times. The designer has flown somewhat under the radar since then, teaching furniture design back in his hometown of Seoul and iterating on his Phenomena series for Gallery Seomi. This year, however, Kim released the fruits of another project he’s been quietly working on, The Foam Series: a collection of seats, bookcases, chaises, tables, and even rugs made from colorful, flexible memory foam that’s mixed in varying solutions to create levels of texture and cushion. Kim’s family has operated a foam factory in South Korea for three generations so experimenting with the material came naturally to him. The results have a blocky form language that’s reminiscent of Kwangho Lee or Max Lamb’s work mixed with the color sensibility of a Chris Schanck; the chaise is a particular favorite, resembling as it does the coolest futon you could ever imagine.