[highlight1] Savage Chair & Jute Side Table [/highlight1]
Korean artist and designer Jay Sae Jung Oh wrapped a collection of everyday plastic objects in jute to create the Savage Chair & Jute Side Table, which aims to make onlookers “reconsider the ordinary”. Her designs and sculptural pieces are often wrapped up in natural materials. She collected discarded plastic objects, assembled them together, and wrapped them in jute to create this one-of-a-kind chair. The transformation and amalgamation of these manufactured objects makes a strong statement about our current cultural condition of abundance.
Oh wants people to think differently about mass produced products. The aim succeeds in the Savage Chair & Jute Side Table, a jumbled assembly of mass produced plastic toys fused into a single seat. The materials are wrapped seamlessly in a natural fiber jute, granting a uniform aesthetic to a wild collection of shapes.
Manufactured objects conspicuously transform into unexpected new forms, making a strong statement about our current cultural condition of abundance. Sharp attention is focused on reconsideration of the ordinary. In this project, I started to collect discarded plastic objects, assembled them together, and wrapped them with a natural material. The transformation occurs in the amalgamated form and the concealment of this form. Innovation, invention, and beauty can emerge from anywhere, even the most familiar, ordinary and everyday.
Jute Side Table:
It is composed of 12 manufactured plastic objects (such as broken baby chair, tray, cup, toys.. etc. ) which are combined and used as one coherent product in itself. The assembled pieces are wrapped together by jute, a soft shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into a coarse and robust thread, which is mainly used to make cloth and rope, with patterns. On the very top, there are trays, a bowl and a cup that serves as a functional tabletop. All in which communicate the resurrection of these discarded objects into its second life.
JAY Saejung Oh
“People are always searching for something ‘new’ both in art and design. My process is focused on reconsidering what already exists. You can create something ‘new’ by viewing something ordinary from a different perspective. You don’t have to look far – it’s all around us.
My design process is rooted in working with natural and inspiring materials. The natural quality of the jute juxtaposed against the industrial, manufactured characteristic of plastic create a beautiful dialogue between the stark differences in each material’s fiber structure. More importantly, contrasting these two opposites highlights the critical social issue of sustainability.
The concept came from a desire to transform industrial, mass produced objects into new hand-based, high-value entities. The process started with collecting used, useless, and seemingly mundane objects. These discarded items represent an industrial society, and a conflict arises when they are then wrapped in the natural fibers of jute. This conflict is what constitutes the comment. It forces an audience to shift their perspective and engage with everyday objects through unexpected form and feeling. It’s about creating allure from waste.”
Ms. Oh is currently working for NYC based, italian designer, Gaetano Pesce, with whom she has gained experience in creating and influencing Mr. Pesce’s products and installations. Her prior work has been received publicly at numerous exhibitions including the Daimler Chrysler Headquarters, Lotte Hotel, Hyundai Department Store, as well as earning a permanent space at the Cranbrook Art Museum collection and Kookmin University.
[highlight1] Data [/highlight1]
Name: Savage Chair & Jute Side Table
Type: Chair, Side Table, SCULPTURE
Materials: Jute, Plastic Objects, recycled PET
Materials Combination: Polyethylene / Plastic / Fiberglass, Eco / Recycled / Green
- Savage Chair – 56” x 44” x 42”
- Jute Side Table – 21″x 20.5″x 21″
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Furniture Designer & Artist: JAY Saejung Oh, Seoul, South Korea
Text Description: © Courtesy of JAY Saejung Oh
Images: © JAY Saejung Oh