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Soowon Chae / 채수원  (1991)  South Korea

Soowon is a designer who questions the cycle of one project leading to one conclusion and sees the project as a perpetual query, hoping each of the projects and concomitant queries would build up an idea. 

He is interested in those whose meanings and functions have transformed throughout changes of time, and Soowon puts a special emphasis on how to reinterpret and re-evaluate the authentic values of those underrepresented and marginalized.

With respect to the most primitive and pristine beauty of nature, the human-nature relationship, and human’s innate creativity, he endeavors to express his ideas and vestiges through both narrative-building and design.​

EDUCATION

 

Design Academy Eindhoven / Man & Well-Being

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / 2015 - 2019

 

 

 

EXPERIENCE

Assistant Curator at YKSI EXPO

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Jan 2020 - Dec 2021

Internship at EREZ NEVI PANA 

Tel Aviv, Israel / Aug - Dec 2018

GALLERIES

Rossana Orlandi Gallery 

Milan, Italy 

Singulart: Online Art & Design Gallery 

Online, Paris 

 

 

 

AWARD / NOMINATION

Rossana Orlandi, Guiltless Plastic Prize 2020, 2nd Prize

'Ocragela : Red Ochre and a Wise Man'

Milan, Italy / 2020

De architect, ARC20 Furniture Award, Finalists / Top 3

'Ocragela : Red Ochre and a Wise Man'

Rotterdam, The Netherlands / 2020

Corunum, Ceramic Design Contest 2018, Top 20

'Apple of my Eye'

s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands / 2018

 

TALK / LECTURE / WORKSHOP

Future Materials Encounters workshop at Jan Van Eyck Academie

Maastricht, The Netherlands / 14th Apr 2022

Lecture, 'Pig, Ochre, and Human' at Celinepark gallery 

Seoul, South Korea / 27th Jan 2021

Rethinking Plastic Online Interview for Creapro at DDW2020

Online / 22nd Oct 2020

 

 

 

MATERIAL LIBRARY / 'OCRAGELA'

Material District

Naarden, NL / From Dec 2019

Material ConneXion

New York, USA / From Feb 2020

Materfad, Center de materials de Barcelona

Barcelona, ES / From Jan 2020

London Metropolitan University  |  Aldgate Library 

London, UK / From Jan 2020

University Mainz  |  University of Applied Sciences

Mainz, DE / From Jan 2020

 

Colab  |  Dubai Design District 

Dubai, UAE / From May 2020

Slovak Design Center

Bratislava, SK / From Jun 2020

FCBA |  Innovathèque Technological Institute

Champs sur Marne, FR / From June 2020

University library in Philadelphia | Fisher Fine Arts Library

Philadelphia, USA / From Jul 2020

Material Lab  |  Pratt Institute's School of Design  

New York, USA / From Nov 2020

Mata-Log  |  University of Brighton  

Brighton, UK / From Nov 2020

PlusX  |  Brighton library

Brighton, UK / From Nov 2020

Future materials bank, Jan van Eyck Academie & Central ST Martins 

Maastricht, NL & London, UK / From Dec 2020

RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Material Resource Center 

Providence RI, USA / From Apr 2021

Colour of Saying | Material Design Agency

London, UK / From Apr 2021

MatériO | library of materials 

Prague, CZ / From Jun 2021

 

 

FEATURED

Access Cultural Platform magazine by Yonsei University

"Soowon Chae, Delivering Stories through Materials"

Seoul, South Korea

Life & Style trend book 2022 by NellyRodi

"Ocragela"

Paris, France

Plural magazine 

"Soowon Chae & Ocragela"

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Asia Color Trend Book 2020-21 by DIC Color Design, Inc

"Ocragela"

Tokyo, Japan

COVER ALL Vol.05 by NOROO Seoul Design Studio

"Plastigela"

Seoul, South Korea

INTERIORS Feb 2021 by Monthly-interiors KOREA

"Ocragela: Tracing Another Origin exhibition"

Seoul, South Korea

Art-Insight KOREA

"Ocragela: Tracing Another Origin exhibition"

Seoul, South Korea

Brique magazine KOREA

"Ocragela: Tracing Another Origin exhibition"

Seoul, South Korea

EXHIBITION

 

 

2022

 

Intergenerational Graduation Show, 75 years of DAE, Salone del Mobile 

"Ocragela: Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Milan, Italy / 7-12 Jun 2022

Material District Expo 2022

"Ocragela samples"

Utrecht, The Netherlands / 5-7 Apr 2022

2021

Now, another world ahead of us

"Ocragela: Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Gwangju, South Korea / 6-10 Dec 2021 

Stokroos Foundation Projects at YKSI Expo, Dutch Design Week 2021

"Molded, shaped, and cast"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / 16-24 Oct 2021 

Rethinking Plastic exhibition, Romanian Design Week 2021

"Ocragela samples, Anima series object "

Bucharest, Romania / 4-13 Jun 2021 

Art & New Materials, Design for a better future

"Plastigela samples"

Sittard, The Netherlands / Feb - Sep 2021 

Ocragela: Tracing Another Origin at CP Gallery 

"Ocragela: Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Seoul, South Korea / Jan - Mar 2021 

2020

Dutch Design Week 2020 / Virtual DDW20

"Ocragela: Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / 17-25 Oct 2020

Dutch Design Week 2020 / Virtual DDW20

"Plastigela samples"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands/ 17-25 Oct 2020

Rossana Orlandi Guiltless Plastic Prize

"Ocragela: Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Milan, Italy / 28 Sep - 10 Oct 2020

Re-thinking plastic exhibition

"Plastigela samples"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / From 2 Sep 2020 

Rossana Orlandi Gallery 

"Furniture: Anima series ver.2 (Chair, Stool)"

Milan, Italy/ From Jul 2020

Yksi Expo Exhibition 

"Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Jan-Jul 2020

2019

Dutch Design Week at Graduation show G19

"Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Oct 2019

Material's Future Life at The Tallinn Design Festival  

"Red Ochre and a Wise Man"
Tallinn, Estonia / Sep 2019

Hope Exhibition

Curated by Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña at Kazerne 

"A Lunch in the Wild South"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Apr - Aug 2019

2018

La Reunion 'Valuing, Sensing, Connecting Crafts'

"A Lunch in the Wild South"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Jul 2018

Gastronomic Exhibition at TAC 

"Apple of my Eye"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Apr 2018

CorUnum Design Contest 2018 Top 20

"Apple of my Eye"

S-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands / Apr 2018

2017

Clay Stories at Dutch Design Week 2017

"Apple of my Eye"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Oct 2017