Wonmin Park’s latest works combine resin and glass

Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents ‘On Earth’ (20 October 2022 - 7 January 2023), an exhibition of works by Wonmin Park exploring new material combinations

Portrait of designer Wonmin Park with table
(Image credit: Benjamin Baccarani, courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

Wonmin Park made his name with ethereal furniture pieces made from geometric slabs of resin, so his 2021 exhibition ‘Stone and Steel’, which explored more organic shapes, marked a significant shift in both material palette and form. The South Korean-born, Paris-based designer now comes full circle with his latest work, ‘Plain Cuts Remediated Low Table SS1901’, which reinterprets his volcanic rock and hand-cut steel designs in coloured resin and frosted glass and is on view at Paris’ Carpenters Workshop Gallery (20 October 2022 – 7 January 2023).

Purple resin and clear glass table by Wonmin Park

(Image credit: Benjamin Baccarani, courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

Whereas Park’s ‘Stone and Steel’ tables featured bases of volcanic rock from Japan, with surfaces alternating between dark grey and a rusted ochre, the new table has a coloured resin base, created by his longtime manufacturing partners in Rotterdam. Its rocky form was not cast from a mould, but rather painstakingly sculpted by hand. The choice of glass instead of steel for the tabletop – shaped like a horizontal cross section of the base – reinforces the impression of lightness. 

At the heart of Park’s transfiguration are two principles: a continued emphasis on natural beauty (thus the avoidance of straight lines), and the interplay between positive and negative space. ‘The existence of nature has reached a new stage of abstraction amid technological development and co-evolution of nature, breaking the quantification of humans versus nature. I want to find a way to trace and explore that existence,’ he says. He also hopes that peering into the resin ‘rock’ will give the viewer a new appreciation for geological time. 

Detail of purple table by Wonmin Park

(Image credit: Benjamin Baccarani, Whereas Park’s ‘Stone and Steel’ tables featured bases of volcanic rock from Japan, with surfaces alternating between dark grey and a rusted ochre, the new table has a coloured resin base, created by his longtime manufacturing partners in Rotterdam. Its rocky form was not cast from a mould, but rather painstakingly sculpted by hand. The choice of glass instead of steel for the tabletop – shaped like a horizontal cross section of the base – reinforces the impression of lightness. At the heart of Park’s transfiguration are two principles: a continued emphasis on natural beauty (thus the avoidance of straight lines), and the interplay between positive and negative space. ‘The existence of nature has reached a new stage of abstraction amid technological development and co-evolution of nature, breaking the quantification of humans versus nature. I want to find a way to trace and explore that existence,’ he says. He also hopes that peering into the resin ‘rock’ will give the viewer a new appreciation for geological time. )

The new design is the centrepiece of Park’s exhibition ‘On Earth’, which opens at Carpenters Workshop Gallery on Thursday, 20 October to coincide with the inaugural edition of Paris+. The show additionally includes Park’s work volcanic rock and steel pieces, as well as drawings and paintings that reveal a practice dedicated to the intersection of the natural and the man-made.

‘Wonmin Park: On Earth’, 20 October 2022-7 January 2023

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