Kwangho Lee was born in 1981 and grew up in the outskirts of Seoul, Korea where he produces artistic furniture. He majored in metal art & design at Hongik University. he currently lives and works in Seoul.
With the motto “ordinary objects can become something else,” designer and artist Kwangho Lee makes handcrafted furniture, lighting, and jewelry from unexpected materials.
He has always enjoyed making things with his hands, which comes from living with his grandparents in the countryside when he was little. He remembers watching his grandfather making all sorts of tools out of seemingly everyday things found in and around the house and nearby woods. The house was full of his grandfather’s handcrafted inventions, and this became the inspiration for lee’s future work as an artist and designer.
In remembrance of his grandfather, Kwangho began to find, look and approach things in the way his grandfather would have done; giving new meaning and function to everyday objects and materials.
He has developed a way of knitting industrial materials to create lamps from tangles of extension cords, as well as the Obsession series of couches and stools made from woven garden hoses. In addition, his work revives endangered craft processes like chil-bo enamel, which he employs to create a complex patina on copper furniture.
(skin, enameled copper series, 2010 | copper, authentic Korean enamel, cooked at various temperature)
He has shown his work at the major design and art exhibitions worldwide. His work is kept as a permanent collection at the Montreal museum of fine arts and San Francisco museum of modern art.
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