Kwangho Lee, ‘Copper Skin Series Green Cylinder Stool/Side Table’, 2012, Johnson Trading Gallery

About Kwangho Lee

With the motto “ordinary objects can become something else,” designer and artist Kwangho Lee makes handcrafted furniture, lighting, and jewelry from unexpected materials. Inspired by childhood memories of growing up on a farm with his grandparents, Lee uses humble materials and traditional techniques in new ways—as in his tables made from bundled rice straw and new interpretations of weaving. 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.

Korean, b. 1981, Seoul, South Korea