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Designer Bae Sehwa is Inspired by Korean Traditions and Beliefs

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: sehwabae and beautifuldecay
Bae Sehwa, a furniture designer based in South Korea, specializes in creating steamed bentwood furniture that could pass for sculptural works of art. With sinewy, undulating surfaces, the seats are visually striking. Nevertheless, due to Bae Sehwa's use of such natural materials, there is a subtleness to their aesthetic that makes them perfect for different settings.

Inspired by the Korean concept of baesanimsu, which means the back of the mountain and front of the water, Bae Sehwa is heavily influenced by the profound role nature has in traditional Korean theories of divination. His steam bent furniture provides "a narrative that includes both the tranquil, meditative qualities of flowing water and the strong, comforting silhouette of a mountain," according to R Gallery.