THE TREE

MAG

Lin Series by STUDIO SHINYOO

DESIGNER:

STUDIO SHINYOO

PHOTO:

STUDIO SHINYOO

YEAR:

2020

PRODUCTION:

Seul, South Korea

– Motif

Let’s think about the origin of furniture. Furniture was appeared to help living of human. Table was elevated from ground floor following Z axis regarding seating height to make human does not necessarily bend down to eat food. This elevated face needed to be fixed at a certain point. Then there were legs and became table. This process is very similar with how human built a house at the very first time to prevent burning sun, cold rain, snow and even predators. Regardless of West and East, human developed Beam-to-Column structure because they needed a roof. From cultural distinct characteristics of Ancient greek architecture and Asian architecture of wood, we abstract universality inside of it as the Beam-to-Column structure to build table from the very origin sense.

From the Ancient Greek to Asia, the traditional architectures have been constructed as Beam-to-Column structure. This process is the way how human built a house at the very first time to prevent burning sun, cold snow and rain. Now, let’s think about the origin of furniture. Furniture was appeared to support living environment of human. Table was elevated ground surface regarding seating height to make human does not necessarily bend down to eat food. This elevated face needed to be fixed at a certain point. Then there were legs and became table. The universal intersection of furniture and architecture is discovered right here.

– Making Process

First, go to a timber mill and search proper heavy timber. This can be sound easy but this is one of the most important and difficult process. A proper huge timber for the table is hard to find. And allowed species of trees to make this furniture are very limited. Then cut the grid of the top of timber and burn it. Burn it once, twice and again. Delicate burning only makes the grains into beautiful natural lines. Brush away weakness grain while burning and maintain hardness grain so it can stand the time. Then stack the steels structures. Disperse weight into every stacked lines. Make sure it is balanced. For the last, put a glass top of it and finish it. This whole process includes no-glue.

– Meaning of LIN

The lines are the oldest aesthetic pattern. All human being has seen repeated lines of trees from forest. This forest itself is the table LIN. The word ‘LIN’ is combined with both of a Chinese word 林[lin] which means forest and an English word ‘line’. This table can be connected and expand in both ways of vertical and horizontal like forest. What we want to translate is the universality inside of distinct characteristic. And the lines are the first design pattern that we discovered as the universality to introduce.

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