the next generation of furniture design
Seoul-based designer Beomseok Chae envisions the next generation of furniture design with his ‘POST – COLLAPSE’ series of functional artworks. Combining industrial design aesthetics with sci-fi imagery, the project imagines a near-future world in which our current forms of furniture have collapsed.
Instead, four new sculptural pieces of furniture and three small table accessories emerge from this futuristic setting, with a purpose that extends beyond their use as household appliances. A floor lampa stooland two storage units made of stainless steel steelacrylic and polycarbonateDesigned with intricate yet robust minimalism, they make up the new Future Art Furniture Collection.
Functional Illustration Series ‘POST-COLLAPSE’ | all images courtesy of Beomseok Chae
beomseok chae fuses industrial and sci-fi aesthetics
The key concept of ‘POST – COLLAPSE’ centers around the word ‘POST -‘. Beomseok Chae looks to a time in the future where a new furniture design language replaces what we know now after it is destroyed in a sci-fi phenomenon. the designer He metasaturates this imaginary collapse of contemporary forms into works of furniture art integrated with forms and motifs depicted in science fiction literature novels and films. A storage module, stool, standing light and hanger make up the main collection, casting their presence as ‘landmarks’ in living spaces.
The yA-18 STOOL is a steel structure with a rounded seat composed of 18 acrylic squares. The object ‘represents existence as a sculpture in living space, in which the carved top is arranged like a radar reflective plate to form a vanishing point’, grades Chae. This piece is complemented by a small variable Multi-Tray with a similar design language, which can be rolled round with wire or extended and used flat.
Small table objects POST-COLLAPSE
A rocket-style adjustable floor lamp, the zS-6 STANDING LIGHT is comprised of six panels designed from mechanical sources used in the high-tech and space industry. Leakage through translucent lamp panels, soft white light ‘envelops 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 distinct storage units that display their contained objects as exhibits. The minimalist xH-3 STORAGE module is made up of three stainless steel cubes suspended from a tubular frame with cables. Each floating cube becomes a “display” medium, highlighting its contents. Likewise, the yD-4 HANGER displays clothing items as if they were artifacts on display. Composed of overlapping rectangular frames, the hanger contains guy wires that draw attention to the clothing inside and emphasize the elegant outer display frame.
stainless steel and acrylic panels make up yA-18 STOOL
STANDING LIGHT zS-6
the designer fuses industrial design with sci-fi aesthetics
xH-3 STORAGE takes shape as an exhibition
elegant industrial details of yD-4 HANGER
designer: beom seok chae
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