Saerom Yoon is a young designer based in Seoul, Korea. Currently completing his post-graduate degree at Hongik University, he has an undergraduate degree in furniture design with a specialty in woodworking. Early projects showcase a distinct inclination towards wood and more natural materials, however his latest line of furniture would suggest that he’s since taken a different tack.
The Crystal Series seems to be more an appropriation of the natural world, through artificial means and components. Reviving a 60s favourite, acrylic (otherwise known by its retro moniker, Lucite), Yoon has used dye to turn the clear resin into something more crystalline; he has given the synthetic material a natural makeover. Applying his own technique of directly dying the surface of the acrylic, Yoon is able to maintain the transparent state of the resin while infusing it with subtle colour. Set apart from computer-printed colouring techniques, this process is the key to harnessing the specific natural quality that the tables possess. After the joining surfaces are dyed, they are then melted down and stuck together. This creates a natural blending and gradation between the different colours and evokes distorted shaping through refraction and reflection – a quartz-like optical illusion.
Saerom Yoon; saeromyoon.com