The Well-Dressed Furniture by Soojin Kang

published in: Design By Marcia Argyriades, 05 October 2010

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Have we lost the essence of what is unique?  In today’s fast pacing world, where things move swiftly, trends change constantly, and people tend towards consumerism despite the worldwide economic crisis, consumers buy more than what they need and more than what they can afford.  Is it how we feel, is it the mass production society, or is it the ever-changing trends and the disposable fashion?  Some tend to find these changes deeply problematic and I couldn’t help but agree.

Our psychology, the low prices, promotes consumers to buy more than what they actually need.  As a result when something is cheap and easily replaceable, we easily throw it away; as easily as we purchased it! According to designer Soojin Kang, who “fights against this epidemic with needles and threads,” she believes that the lack of consumer consciousness will increase even more in the future.  She has therefore set out and hand crafted her own furniture which is inspired by traditional crafts and antique raw materials.  With this technique she aims at creating extremely unique pieces which are of limited production as there is only one of a kind!

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Soojin Kang strongly believes that as humans we need to reassess our basic needs and our already existing possessions and rediscover how we could use already existing materials wisely and beautifully.  The results are simply magnificent; classical dressed furniture pieces which are inspired by traditional crafts and vintage furniture which had been forgotten.    Due to the scarcity of the antique – vintage furnishings Soojin Kang handcrafts unique pieces, in limited quantity.  “The craft traditions convey a considered thought process and have always recognized the value in reusing and repurposing.”

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Overall, Soojin Kang’s dressed furniture in light colored velvety materials creates unique textures and brings a totally new life to a well designed vintage piece which was replaced by another newer trend furnishing.  I bet I’m sure that whoever threw that piece out would definitely want it back had they imagined that it would look like this after a mini-lift by Soojin Kang.

Image Courtesy of Soojin Kang

Image Courtesy of Soojin Kang

Image Courtesy of Soojin Kang


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About Soojin Kang

Soojin Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Exeter, England in 2000, where she trained her first design skill. Upon finishing her foundation courses in Art and Design at Exeter College in 2003, she moved to London and began her BA in Fashion at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.  While studying, she was doing work experiences at fashion companies such as Roland Mouret and Jonathan Saunders. After she graduated in 2007, she worked as an intern at the fabric and print development department for Burberry Limited, until she went back to University and began her MA in Textile Futures in 2008. During her first year, she was awarded at the Samsonite textile competition for her project constructive textiles. The project leaded her to focus on working with textiles in 3D forms and later to make furniture inspired by textiles and fashion design. In 2009, she graduated from Central Saint Martins with her collection A Continuous Chain. The collection comprises a series of knitted chairs and wearables, and was displayed on a recycled table made of unwanted doors. Her works were soon invited by Mint shop and Beldam gallery for exhibition in September 2009 in London. In April 2010, she exhibited a series of her hand-made chairs at Salone satellite and the knitted chair was immediately bought by a collector in Milan.
Soojin’s work is focused equally on aesthetics and tactility, and seeks to evoke a heightened, intensified state of being in all who interact with her work. She works on creating new identities and strives to tell stories through her designs. As a creative, Soojin currently works on a broad range of projects, though her inspiration always comes from the same place – from materials, colours and the feelings they conjure up.

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