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About OK Kim

Ok Kim is a distinguished Korean artist based in Seoul, weaving a narrative that seamlessly blends traditional craftsmanship with contemporary artistry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wood Crafts from Pusan National University in 2008.

In 2014, Kim achieved her Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design at Hongik University Graduate School in Seoul. Simultaneously, under the mentorship of master craftsman Son Dae Hyun, she immersed herself in the traditional technique of Ottchil for three years. Ottchil, an age-old craft prevalent in Korea and East Asia, involves using sap from lacquer trees to impart a high-gloss, durable, and antibacterial finish to furniture.

Kim's transformative journey finds expression in the Merge series, where she adapts Ottchil techniques for a contemporary context while preserving her cultural heritage. The growing Merge collection of furniture and objects has been showcased extensively, including at Salone del Mobile - Salone Satellite in Milan (2018, 2019), Mint in London (2018-2019), Collect Fair in Saatchi Gallery (2019), Design Miami/Basel (2021), and two solo exhibitions in Seoul (2018, 2020).

In 2022, Ok Kim's mastery of Ottchil was formally recognized when she received the Craftsmanship category winner title at the prestigious Bulgari Aurora Awards. This accolade underscores her profound impact on bridging the gap between heritage and contemporary craftsmanship.


2014.03 - 2017.02

2002.03 - 2018.02

Hongik University Graduate School, Furniture Design

Pusan National University, Wood Craft



Deco Deco; Living Room Archade, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

Deep Blue Night, Kkottsul, Seoul

Umsun, Gallery Um, Seoul



Design Miami/Basel, Messe Basel, Basel

Craft Window, Seoul Museum of Craft Art, Seoul Color in Matter, Craft on the Hill, Seoul

Family Members, FIR Inside, Beijing

Window Show, Gallery Mark, Seoul


Art in Living, ADM Gallery, Seoul

[Solo Exhibition]Merge Series, Artbit gallery, Seoul


Collect Fair, Saatchi Gallery(Mint), London Mosaic, Mint, London

Quantum Leap, Songwon Art Center, Seoul

Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Rho Fiera, Milan


[Solo Exhibition]Merge Series, Gallery Dos, Seoul Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Rho Fiera, Milan Rock Paper Salt Air, Mint, London

Pun Project x The Artling, The Factory, Hong Kong Craft Trend Fair, Coex, Seoul


Modern Art Show, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul



Winner of the Craftsmanship Division at the Bulgari Aurora Awards

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