Greem Jeong's twisted-silicone furniture challenges preconceived ideas of form and function
Seoul-based designer Greem Jeong has been turning heads with a doodle-like furniture collection made from twisted silicone tubes, manipulated into numerous forms. These colourful and slightly haphazard-looking pieces transform a space with their sheer visual impact.
The tubes, though solid and unbending due to their steel core, appear to be animated. The silicone – usually used to protect wires and pipes – is wrapped around the core, which is then bent and coiled into items such as coatracks, lamps, benches and pedestal tables.The Mono series is a doodling dream come true, explains the 26-year-old, whose chosen name 'Greem' is inspired by the Korean word for drawing or painting (geulim) and hints at her penchant for the atypical. The idea for the collection was conceived while she was a design student in France and inspired by the pliant form of rubber tubing. "I've always wanted to create something that makes people wonder if it's design or installation," Jeong told Perspective. "I imagine drawing in an empty space, just like I do in my sketchbook, but in a three-dimensional space."
“I am also trying to use bolder tubes for larger-scale projects," she adds.
Upon her return to South Korea, Jeong turned to a sturdier material, silicone, and started experimenting with shapes and styles. The nature of silicone means the possibilities are as endless as her imagination, and she is currently working with other materials such as fur and leather.
Photos. supplied by Greem Jeong