The steamed bentwood furniture by Korean designer Bae Sehwa is both stunning and ruminative. The dichotomy between these forcefully crafted shapes, which appear so organic and smooth in their completed form, perfectly complements the way in which they were conceived. According to Bae Sehwa, he based this work on the Korean concept of baesanimsu, which means “the back of the mountain and front of the water and he draws heavily from the profound connection to nature in traditional Korean theories of divination.” The concept combined with his method demonstrates the complexity of his furniture. He crafts his designs using digitally rendered geometric shapes before he steams the wood into its final form. The process of using technology to shape a man-made object into something that complements the surrounding environment remains true to the tradition of baesanimsu and adds another layer to contemplate while viewing these gorgeous designs.
- Kimberly Lane