industrial design meets science fiction in beomseok chae’s furniture series
the next generation of furniture design
Seoul-based designer Beomseok Chae crafts the next generation of furniture design with his “POST – COLLAPSE” functional art series. Blending industrial design aesthetics with sci-fi imagery, the project imagines a near future world in which our current forms of furniture have crumbled.
Instead, from this futuristic scenario emerge four new sculptural furniture objects and three small table accessories, whose purpose goes beyond use as household appliances. A Street lampa stooland two stainless steel storage steelacrylic and Polycarbonatedesigned with a complex but robust minimalism, make up the new furniture art collection of the future.
‘POST-COLLAPSE’ Functional Artwork Series | all images courtesy of Beomseok Chae
beomseok chae merges industrial and sci-fi aesthetic
The key concept of ‘POST – COLLAPSE’ centers around the word ‘POST -‘. Beomseok Chae looks to a future time when a new language of furniture design replaces what we know now after it was destroyed in a sci-fi phenomenon. The designate metasaturates this imaginary collapse of contemporary forms into furniture artworks integrated with the shapes and patterns depicted in science fiction literature films and novels. A storage module, a stool, a floor lamp and a hanger unit make up the main collection, emitting their presence as “landmarks” in living spaces.
The yA-18 stool is a steel structure with a rounded seat made up of 18 acrylic squares. The object “depicts existence as a sculpture in the living space, in which the sculpted top is arranged like a reflective plate from a radar to form a vanishing point”, Remarks Chae. This piece is complemented by a small variable Multi-Tray with a similar design language, which can either be coiled into a round shape using wire, or spread out and used flat.
Small table objects POST-COLLAPSE
Adjustable floor lamp like a rocket, zS-6 STANDING LIGHT is composed of six panels designed from mechanical sources used in high-tech and space industry. Leak through translucent lamp panels, soft white light ‘shroud the cold near future.’ With a similar shape, Chae creates the small Sharp Pencil Pot, alluding to the shape of rocket fuel cylinders.
Finally, Beomseok Chae designs two separate storage units that display their contained objects as exhibits. The minimalist xH-3 STORAGE module consists of three stainless steel cubes suspended from a tubular frame with wires. Each floating cube becomes an “exhibition” support, highlighting its content. Likewise, the yD-4 HANGER displays clothes as if they were artifacts on display. Comprised of overlapping rectangular frames, the hanger contains tension threads that draw attention to the garments inside while emphasizing the elegant outer frame of the display.
stainless steel and acrylic panels make up the YA-18 STOOL
STANDING LAMP zS-6
designer merges industrial design with sci-fi aesthetics
xH-3 STORAGE takes the form of an exhibition display
elegant industrial details of yD-4 HANGER
Last name: ‘POST-COLLAPSE’
designate: Beomseok Chae
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edited by: ravail khan | design boom
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