“In my designs I want objects to speak for themselves. To be beautiful, attractive and engage with their surroundings. My work embraces simplicity, purity and subtlety.”
– Wonmin Park –
Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition of Korean designer Wonmin Park, Plain Cuts, from January 24 to March 10, 2018. Launched last October at PAD London and subsequently at Carpenters Workshop Gallery | Paris, Park’s new collection of limited-edition patinated aluminum extends Park’s inquiry into the simplicity of forms.
His practice is discernibly minimalist, and his use of light and color is radical, creating evanescent projects, which give the impression that his pieces have no limits.
From his observations of the world and his environment, he proposes a contemporary design with a contemplative attitude, which finds its roots in Korean tradition and philosophy. This approach is exemplified in Plain Cuts, a new series that focuses on the abstract geometry of construction and virtual lines, which produce the volume. Plain Cuts underlines Park’s investigation into the materiality of things. This exploration is inspired by Park’s interest in architecture.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Park is a graduate from the Design Academy of Eindhoven. After working with a series of prestigious design companies in the Netherlands, he founded Studio Wonmin Park in 2011 in Eindhoven and later established a creative studio in Paris in 2015. His determination to produce emptiness and eternity may be an answer to the overproduction of designed objects. A certain humility that changes from the over mediatization of some designers, especially issued from the Eindhoven Academy.
Lauded for his extraordinary research on the resin process called Haze, Park’s contributions to design have been acknowledged and honored on important platforms such as Design Miami/, Design Days Dubai and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. His works now belong to important collections, like the Triennial Design Museum in Milan, and also the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul.
“In my designs, I want objects to speak for themselves. To be beautiful, attractive and engage with their surroundings. My work embraces simplicity, purity, and subtlety. People who experience my design have the space to explore their own sensations and emotions,” says Wonmin Park.
He was born in 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven. After working with a series of prestigious design companies in the Netherlands, he established Studio Wonmin Park, based in Eindhoven, in 2011. He has also established a production facility in Rotterdam and a creative studio in Paris.
To maximize the visual appeal of his pieces, Park uses resin and metal. The use of these chosen materials produces a surreal, dream-like quality reminiscent of seeing something without fixed contours, bound together by light and air. Park’s furniture acts like sculpture that demands to be looked at and visually appreciated.
His designs are considered as both practical commodity and fine art. Wonmin has exhibited his work at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and Musée des Arts Décoratif, Paris.