This week, JinSik Kim’s intriguing new collections Stone Age and Concrete Age will be available in our Shop. In advance of this exciting debut, we reached out to this rising-star designer to get the backstory on these fascinating and functional objects—part interactive sculpture, part desktop organizer.
WC: What was the inspiration behind your Stone Age and Concrete Age projects?
JK: I have always been curious about antique techniques and materials. For this particular project, I was inspired by rough stone age sculptures, which are timeless in their purity.
WC: These collections look at once prehistoric and futuristic. How do you see them?
JK: When I was a kid, I lived outside of Seoul with my grandfather and grandmother in a small village with many old customs. I loved its feeling and mood, because people made objects in a natural way, using materials surrounding the village. The meaning and function of the objects were clear to me.
I don’t want to reinterpret the attitude of people in the village—to make objects like my father and grandfather; I want to consider current culture around me. But I believe that you can make the future by imagining new stories somewhere between the past and the present.
WC: Whom do you imagine to be the ideal owner of these objects, and why?
JK: I imagine the person lives in an urban city and is curious about personal stories. Usually, I tell people a visual story drawn from my childhood. And then people are able to empathize because they remember their own childhoods. I want my pieces to touch people’s pureness in their brains and their hearts.
WC: What are you working on now? What’s next?
JK: I’ve recently created a brand called FACT NON FACT with Korean designers YuHun Kim and EunJae Lee. We opened a solo exhibition for the first collection named B-fit last August in Seoul, and we will launch the brand’s website later this month. Parts of B-fit will be shown at design shops like Chapter 1 in Seoul.
Personally, I am going to design something for Chapter 1 soon. The project is to formulate materiality for design products. And I have a plan for a new design story related to my design language called "Functional Sculpture," which walks the line between art and product design.
* All images courtesy of JinSik Kim.
Wava CarpenterAfter studying Design History, Wava has worn many hats in support of design culture: teaching design studies, curating exhibitions, overseeing commissions, organizing talks, writing articles—all of which informs her work now as Pamono’s Editor-in-Chief.
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