KUO DUO

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KUO DUO is a Seoul based creative studio for three-dimensional design: furniture, product, space design along with creative direction.



Hwachan Lee and Yoomin Maeng met at college while studying Industrial Design at Hong-ik University in Seoul, and opened their own design firm after graduation. The studio designs and develops product, furniture and space along with creative direction by the designers with international experience in studios like Cecilie Manz Studio, Form Us With Love, Shigeki Fujishiro Design and SWNA. 

They have wide curiosity about exploring the boundaries of their design output, from industrial design and mass production projects to limited editions, exhibitions and space installations. Their works mainly focus on finding a balance between fresh approaches to material usage and production techniques, along with the functionality and simplicity of the final outputs. The process is accompanied by hands-on experiments and adventurous investigation into various possibilities of material construction, eventually aiming to expand their own design typologies and produce long-lasting products. The studio collaborates with a wide range of brands and clients, offering varied outputs in the field of three-dimensional design.



CONTACT

info@kuo-duo.com


ADDRESS

2F, 28, Cheonho-daero 101-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (04917)


INSTAGRAM

@kuo__duo









TIMELINE

2024

(Exhibition) WEKINO / Brand exhibition / Stockholm design week / Stockholm, Sweden


2023 

(Launch) MIX WOOD Vessels for Hem X
(Project) Furniture design for marble offcuts project by Total Marble
(Project) Space & furniture design for Paloma Wool World Tour 2023 Seoul
(Exhibition) <FOKUS: The Series> curated by Modern Design Review / Group exhibition / Vienna design week / Vienna, Austria
(Exhibition) <Reversion by NIKE> / Group exhibition / Alver Geumho, Seoul, Korea
(Exhibition) <Urbanlike Magazine 10th anniversary> / Trio exhibition /  Amomento, Seoul, Korea
(Exhibition) <SOMETHING TO PUT SOMETHING IN> / Duo exhibition with Shigeki Fujishiro / Place by Method, Tokyo, Japan
(Project) Furniture design for Yuhan Kimberly new office
(Launch) BOOK WORM & REEL HANGER for WEKINO
(Exhibition) <Public Access by Furnishing Utopia> / Group exhibition / New York design week / Head Hi, Brooklyn, USA
(Project) Furniture design for Re;code Cheongdam flagship store
(Exhibition) <RE;COLLECTIVE MILAN by Re;code> / Group exhibition / Milan design week / Drop City, Milan, Italy
(Project) Bed frame design for Senade


2022

(Exhibition) <PLASTICS™> / Group exhibition /  Seoul Design Festival / Coex, Seoul, Korea
(Exhibition) <WORD PLAY> / First solo exhibition / Supply Seoul, Seoul, Korea
(Workshop & Talk) MMCA Performing Arts: Museum-Carbon-Project x Jan Van Eyck Academie / MMCA, Seoul, Korea
(Exhibition) <Seating Seoul> / Group exhibition / DDP, Seoul, Korea
(Exhibition) <NEW FOLK> curated by Object With Love / Group exhibition / VitraHaus, Weil am Rhein, Germany
(Project) BOOK WORM collaboration with Edition Ventile


2021

(Project) Makers manual project for STORE Projects 
(Project) Space & furniture design for PW company
(Exhibition) <Bookwall> / Group exhibition / A Flat Shop, Adelaide, Australia
(Exhibition) <TONG’s Vintage> / Group exhibition / Daelim Museum, Seoul, Korea
(Project) Installation for YUN Seoul
(Studio) Open in Sinsa, Seoul