Sometimes it’s difficult to define things, as is the case with these pieces from South-Korean artist and designer Jeahyo Lee. His recent work hovers a blurred line between sculpture and furniture. Still, sometimes definitions tend to confuse rather than explain. To say the pieces featured here are furniture would obscure their original and inventive aesthetic; yet to say they are sculptures may mislead as well—one is not usually encouraged to sit on works of art.
Beyond such clunky pigeonholing, Lee deserves applause simply for the mere technicality of the work. The pieces are made from either stainless or wood and range between 400 and 1,000 pounds in weight. Yet their effortless, flowing curves could easily lead one to believe that Lee molded them from soft, supple clay.