Traditional Korean lacquerware is made using secretions from the Ott tree. Extremely labour intensive and costly, the technique is becoming increasingly rare. Impressed by the properties of this waterproof, durable, antibacterial and eco-friendly lacquer, as well as its history, Seung Bin Yang brings a modern version to the table with ‘21G’, using a paper base instead of wood. What was once luxurious and heavy has now become light and modern, designed for everyday use. A whole new generation is introduced to this age-old craft in the process.
Seung Bin Yang
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