Jinil Park Drawing series chair

Jinil Park, Drawing series chair, 2013, steel, 2.6 x 1.5 x 1.4 ft. Photo: © Jinil Park and Yohan Ji

Many artists begin a project with a sketch. For the Drawing series, Jinil Park ends there, too. The South Korean artist happened onto the concept – furniture in three dimensions that appears in two – quite by accident. “I was thinking of making a new project by comfortably drawing lines,” Park says, “and realized fun and inquiring moments about the strokes that I drew.”

To bring the sketch to life, Park used intersecting wires of different thicknesses – representing the irregularities of the strokes – hammered, then spot-welded together. The result is a chair with enough structural strength to support human weight.

The Drawing series, which includes several chairs, two lamps, and a table, was exhibited in autumn 2013 at the Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.