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With details, Son makes daily objects distinctive

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Celebrating the beauty of simplicity seems to be the philosophy of Sydney-based designer and metalworker Kenny Yong-soo Son, whose exhibition “The Study” opened Wednesday at Gallery Sikijang in southern Seoul.

Featuring delicately designed objects such as candle holders, paperweights, rulers, bells, vases and cups, the sharp lines and detail of every item speaks of the countless hours Son has spent in studios working to perfect his craft.

Born in Korea but having spent a large portion of his life and education in Australia, Son wanted to “go back to his roots.” With a scholarship from the Australian Council for the Arts, Son came to Korea several years ago to learn traditional techniques and styles by studying under a master metal-worker full-time for six months.

His own aesthetic combines a kind of contemporary geometric minimalism with Korean design traditions, and his use of materials like horsetail hair sourced from Tasmania in the south of Australia allow the designer to bring forward both aspects of his cultural identity.

“I’m excited to be doing a solo exhibition in the country I was born,” Son said.

The exhibition showcases ordinary, functional household items made unique and intimate by the care evident in their production. Son says he wants “nothing more than for his pieces to be appreciated for what they are.”

BY NATHAN BROWN, contributing writer [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

The exhibition runs through to July 1. Go to exit No.8, Cheongdam station, line No.7 and walk 10 minutes. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For details, visit www.sikijang.com or call (02) 541-6480.
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