This October Wonmin Park will be exhibiting two solo shows from his new collection ‘Plain Cuts’. The first show will be taking place at PAD London from October 3rd – 8th and the other in Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris from October 12th – December 23rd.
Observing the world around him, Park has a contemporary design that finds its roots in the Korean tradition and philosophy. A very contemplative attitude, which he confirms in his new collection: ‘Plain cuts’. The new work is about the geometry of construction, an abstract concept, virtual lines produce the volume. This research inspires the connection of Wonmin Park with the world of architecture. ‘Plain cuts’ underlines once more his skills, in producing poetical works of art. He provokes an idea of vacuity with the materiality of things even the metal.
“My collection ‘Plain Cuts’ is constructed from cut aluminum sheets. I created minimalistic forms. Simple forms are more difficult to create because you need to remove everything that is not necessary but still make it interesting. For me, there is an importance in symmetry, proportions, and color. I’m always inspired by the material as well. I like resin because of its color, transparency, and texture but it is not strong. Metal is a different story. Aluminum has its own beautiful colors. I found that the patina technique can change the color of aluminum. It is lasting,” – Wonmin Park.
Wonmin Park has various cultural influences, first from Korea where he was born, the Netherlands where he studied at the Eindhoven Academy, and from France where he established his own studio in 2012. His amazing research on the resin process, called ‘Haze’ has been granted and honored in important exhibitions, in Miami, Dubai, and Paris.
His expression is connected to the minimalist movement in painting and sculpture; in a radical way, he uses light and color in evanescent projects, giving the impression that his pieces have no limits. His determination to produce emptiness and eternity, might be the answer to the overproduction of designed objects.
“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.