From Tradition

Meet contemporary Korean craftworks inspired by tradition

Object, Coaster by Kwon YoungjinKorea Craft & Design Foundation

The materials, techniques, and patterns are a treasure trove of inspiration. Traditional craftworks and today’s works inspired by traditional craft can be a key to understanding Korean culture, sent

Plastic Soban by Ha JihoonKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Ha Jihoon, "Plastic Soban"

A soban is a small portable table used in Korea, functioning as both a tray and a table. The size is perfect for presenting three to four dishes, a rice bowl, and a soup bowl on top. It is light enough to move easily and good for a table of drinks and snacks, too.

Soban Series “Ok(屋)” by Choi DoyoungKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Choi Doyoung, Soban Series “Ok(屋)”

Choi Doyoung’s soban (small tray-like table) series “Ok(屋)” was made with the eaves of Hanok (traditional Korean homes) as its motif. A traditional design of Gujokban (dining table) was designed in a contemporary way with diverse colors.

Object, Coaster by Kwon YoungjinKorea Craft & Design Foundation

"Object", "Coaster"

This is a plate in the shape of gujeolpan (platter of nine delicacies) produced using the dry lacquer technique consists of hemp cloth, mud powder, lacquer, and mother-of-pearl. Mother-of-pearl inlay was applied only to the outer rim of the flower petal-shaped design.

Amphibole Object by Lee SaeKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Lee Sae, "Amphibole Object"

This stone object was made of amphibole from the Jangsu region in Korea. Such an object has been used since the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), when objects made of amphibole from Jangsu were used on the king’s table.

Fork Set by Heo Daechoon, Ahn IhwanKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Heo Daechoon, Ahn Ihwan, "Fork" set

Metal craftsmen Heo Daechoon and Ahn Ihwan have made metal ornaments attached to traditional Korean wooden furniture for decades. They made this brass fork set.

Jangbang by Kim SeokkyuKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Kim Seokkyu, "Jangbang"

Since the Goryeo Dynasty, tteoksal has been used to make rice cake patterns. It has an intaglio or embossed pattern on the side to press on rice cakes. It is used by pressing it like stamping something.

Hanjisa Objects by Ko BokyungKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Ko Bokyung, "Hanjisa Objects"

Fiber artist Ko Bokyung is highly interested in the traditional cultural business and the invigoration of traditional crafts. The medium she chose was hanji, which is Korean paper made of fibers from mulberry bark, in her traditional methods.

Hanji Bowl by Kim HyunjuKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Kim Hyunju, "Hanji Bowl"

Unlike her existing products that experimented with the potential of hanji in various forms and colors such as bowls, trays, and notebooks, this is a simple form of an object that focuses purely on the texture and color of hanji.

Mat Series by 강화도령화문석Korea Craft & Design Foundation

"Mat" series

The rush mat, which made people forget about the hot weather—even if for just a moment—is called hwamunseok, a traditional craftwork (a mat woven with painted rush and patterns like flowers), and goes back more than a thousand years.

Cabinets by Ha JihoonKorea Craft & Design Foundation

Ha Jihoon, "Cabinets"

These show a modern version of one of Korea’s most notable antique cabinet sets, which encompass two different types of traditional cabinets.

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