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Honggu Park

Honggu Park Woodworker
Contact
Korean, English
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Phone:
+82 1082903382
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Trees immortalised

  • • Honggu draws his ideas from everyday life
  • • He delights in displaying the positive energy of trees
  • • In his objects, he portrays the quality of his materials

For Honggu Park, woodwork is his first and ultimate job. He started a relationship with wooden furniture when he was young. He was drawn to the evocative smell, feel and texture of wood. He continues to be enthralled by it and feels very privileged to be able to shape this living thing, and convey something of its vibrancy and vividness. He has created a wide variety of furniture. He sees his time working on wood not as a waste, rather as a time of accumulation of knowledge about wood and woodworking skills. For him, the tree is a companion, a life living together with him.

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Works

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Abstract Tanhwa bowl

This bowl is inspired by the shape of the cockscomb flower. It is made from birch trees grown in the barren alpine regions of Korea. The bowl's dark-coloured surface is the part that has been burned with fire, and the unburned part reveals the natural texture and colour of the wood. This object is finished with traditional Korean lacquer.

Height 15 cm
Diameter 32 cm

Photo: © Honggu Park
Abstract Tanhwa jars

This is an elegant birch wood bowl. The dark colour of the burned portion contrasts strikingly with the natural colour of the wood. It is finished with oil that brings out the birch wood's unique colour and pattern.

Height 38 cm
Diameter 31 cm

Photo: © Honggu Park
Abstract Tanhwa jars

This jar features a pattern that resembles the Milky Way. It is made from birch trees grown in the barren alpine regions of Korea. The artist's signature style, "Abstract Tanhwa," involves burning the wood's surface to create a unique texture and colour. The work's square hole shows the natural beauty of the wood and functions to prevent further cracks.

Height 38 cm
Diameter 27 cm

Photo: © Honggu Park
Abstract Tanhwa bowl

This bowl reinterprets traditional Korean Dawan pottery in contemporary style. It is finished with traditional Korean lacquer to highlight its unique "Abstract Tanhwa" pattern.

Height 14 cm
Diameter 30.5 cm

Photo: © Honggu Park
Emotion Chair III

This work "Emotion Chair III" is one of the artist's most representative works. The Emotion Chair is part of an ongoing series. The chairs backrest shows the wood's natural colour, while the dark sections of the chair are burned and finished with traditional Korean lacquer. As a structural feature of the chair, the hind leg is separately connected.

Length 96.5 cm
Width 41 cm
Height 76 cm

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