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FIRE WOOD SERIES


Year: 2022
Client: Self intiated
Type: Objects
Material: Charred firewood, top coat
Size: Various dimensions

Exhibition: <WORD PLAY> at Supply Seoul, Korea

FIRE WOOD was inspired from the word ‘firewood’ itself, KD found the word intriguing as it felt like a kind of word combination of ‘verb’ and ‘material’ that they have been dealing with. The firewood generally requires splitting, which allows faster seasoning by exposing more surface area. From there, they got an idea to literally ‘fire’ the ‘firewood’ to utilize the split texture and apply fire as a painting tool on the rough surface.

The designers bought a bunch of firewood sold for camping and glued them side by side. While maintaining the rough surface on the outside, the inside of the planks were planed away to be assembled into boxes. Then, they burned the outer surface controlling the intensity of the fire. The firing technique which is known as ‘tan-hwa’ in Korean is a traditional method of preserving wood, as well as making scorched finish with a magnificent charcoal black color. They’ve experimented gradient effect using this technique and made it into a series of vessels. It was intended to give a fresh perspective while using a combination of very familiar combination such as firewood and fire.