Winners of Designers of the Future award at Art Basel
Rising stars: Bethan Laura Wood, Jon Stam and Seung-Yong Song
By Nicole Swengley. From Art Basel daily edition
Published online: 12 June 2013
Diverse: Bethan Laura Wood
Bethan Laura Wood (born 1983) graduated with first-class honours in 3-D design from the University of Brighton (2006) and gained an MA in design products at the Royal College of Art (2009), studying under Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. She set up her London studio in 2009, creating diverse designs from jewellery to ceramics, plus the limited-edition furniture and lighting shown by Milan’s Nilufar gallery. Wood’s work focuses on pattern, colour, patina and recontextualising elements from everyday objects or places. Key designs: the “Hard Rock”, 2009, and “Hot Rock” (above), 2012, series from the “Super Fake” extended series of laminate marquetry furniture; “Totem”, 2011, hand-blown Pyrex glass pendant lights made in collaboration with Pietro Viero.
Find out more: www.woodlondon.co.uk
Visionary: Jon Stam
Canadian-born Jon Stam (born 1984) studied industrial design at Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, before moving to the Netherlands to attend Design Academy Eindhoven, graduating cum laude in 2008 and winning the Rene Smeets prize for best graduation project. He gained his Masters degree in 2013, studying under Jan Boelen, Aldo Bakker and Dick van Hoff, then set up Commonplace Studio in Amsterdam. Key designs:Cabinet of the (Material & Virtual) World, 2009 (with Ivo de Kogel); An Imaginary Museum, 2013, in which a hacked View-Master toy employs micro-LCD screens to display captured information in an exhibition format. Guido Perrini’s photographic still was created using Stam’s Claude Glass mirror.
Find out more: www.commonplace.nl
Typological: Seung-Yong Song
Seung-Yong Song was born in Yangsan, South Korea, in 1978, and gained his BFA and MFA from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Reims, France. He subsequently worked in Claudio Colucci’s studio and collaborated with Jean-Marc Gady, Patrick Nadeau and Matt Sindall before opening SY Design in Seoul, South Korea, in 2011. His work focuses on new typologies and on the communication between objects and humans. Key designs:Object-O, 2011, a huge paper lampshade almost enveloping a chair to create an intimate personal space; the “Dami” collection, 2012, various basket forms (for different uses) that employ a traditional Korean grille in Valchromat, a new eco-friendly material.
Find out more: www.seungyongsong.com
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