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!
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.”
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.