Ok Kim is a Seoul- based artist specialized in sculptural furniture. Her work utilizes traditional natural lacquer, reinterpreting it in a modern way.
The Merge Series presents artistic stools and side tables inspired by stone stacks often found on Korea's mountain passes. It is an old Korean tradition for god fortune to carefully balance stones into stacks. The structure of the pieces is made of steel which covered by layers and layers of 'ott', traditional natural tree lacquer. The lacquering, sanding and polishing process is very labour intensive and takes 3-5 months per piece. This lengthy repetitive work results in fabulously glowing and blended colours overlapping with each other in harmony.