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Hayoung Lee
Furniture Design Mfa

Rhode Island School of Design

Graduates: 2017

Specialisms: Furniture

My location: New York, United States

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Hayoung Lee

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First Name: Hayoung

Last Name: Lee

University / College: Rhode Island School of Design

Course / Program: Furniture Design Mfa

Graduates: 2017

Specialisms: Furniture

My Location: New York, United States

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Hayoung Lee is a Korean furniture designer, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. - BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hongik University, Seoul, Korea / 2014 - MFA in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI / 2017. Since she was born and raised in Korea, living in the United States as a foreigner is a peculiar experience to her. Specifically, foreign life as a Korean who was strongly affected by Floor culture leads her to adjust herself to adapt the foreign surroundings, to be well-blended in the new neighborhood, to belong the new culture- American culture. In light of cultural differences between Western and Korean culture, she combines Korean and American Design into her furniture by integrating aesthetics of nature and human cognition, particularly bringing the notion of ambiguous elevation perceptions between Western and Korean culture. Her belief in furniture 'Alive'- "My furniture is an avatar of me. It records my traces and memories"- guides her to collect furniture materials from her surroundings such as kitchen, studio, and closet that holds one's memory, history, and identity. Her material choice- ‘Everyday objects’ that we use everyday in everyday life- shares the same language with her furniture philosophy. Those collected everyday objects are subject to being upcycled in a greater use of furniture by piling up like the strata, an index of the history of nature.

STRata Stool series

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This work was selected as one of best student designers on NYCxDesign 2017 and finalists of Rado Star Prize US - Strata Stool Series is a collection of stools using reclaimed materials. Inspired by geologic formations, the Strata Stools are made out of flexible polyurethane foam with layers of various materials. It has a diagonally concave top illustrating contour lines that also supports the human body softly. Each stool has a soft and squishy top, as well as an individual bottom with unique ingredients in stratum. In view of my belief in furniture ‘Alive’— "My furniture is an avatar of me. It records my traces and memories”— the layers of materials were collected from my surroundings, such as used clothes from the wardrobe, studio disposals, and kitchen materials. ‘Everyday objects’ that we use and discard everyday record every moment of our lives that also allow us to track our lives. Therefore these collected materials are subject to being upcycled in a greater use of furniture by piling up like the strata, an index of the history of nature. The stool itself is like a fallen block from one’s life strata— a tactile record of one’s life history being accumulated with memories. Strata stool series is likely fragments of memory that shows one moment of your life through the cross section of each stool. Thus, it is a memorial for someone to materialize the memory.