Product designer Minsung Lee will join a host of incredibly talented artists and designers who will be exhibiting their work at ARTS THREAD’s East meets West exhibition at MOKSPACE.
ARTS THREAD: Tell us a bit about yourself
Minsung Lee: I initially studied Web Design and Interior Design in Korea before I realised that I like making things with my hands rather than working on a computer screen.
AT: Talk us through the work you will be showing at Mokspace
ML: I’m going to present two of my pieces at Mokspace. One of them is the To-gather bench which is a double-sided park bench that provides a variety ways to sit. It promotes communication and interaction with other people in a public space. The other one is a cardboard stool for kids called Doggy Stool that kids can sit on and play with. It is a combination of a stool and packaging to eliminate waste. Like all cardboard design products, the Doggy Stool is made from recycled paper and can be recycled again when it is no longer in use.
AT: What else are you currently working on?
ML: I’m working on a new design at the moment which will feature a mixture of different materials. I usually like working on wood but this time, I’m experimenting with plastic and metal.
AT: What are your plans for the future?
ML: I’d like to experience as much as I can through exhibiting my work and get as much industry knowledge as possible so that I can open my own design studio. Life still has many things to offer and Europe is full of inspiration. I hope to see many new things and create something new and exciting.
AT: Why do you think art and design from the far East is becoming more and more prominent?
ML: As Asia develops and countries like china accumulate wealth, it is only natural for people living there to desire new and interesting things. This domestic interest provides a basis for artists to extend their brand internationally. Also there are many students from Asia who choose to study around the world which gives them a platform to introduce their
culture to the west. There is always a natural human fascination with something new and interesting; it can even start with something simple like a quirky sushi bar. This spark of interest and appreciation can lead to a lust for the culture which seems a world away.
East Meets West: Art & Design Now! runs from 24 April – 6 May at Mokspace.