What happens when a work of art also presents a functional purpose, when a sculpture serves as a piece of furniture.
Artists stress this possible permeability between furniture and sculpture by creating pieces whose functionality vanishes behind form, by increasingly producing limited series, and sometimes even unique pieces.
This change in perspective has been brought about by artists that have rekindled the dialogue between form and function as Danny Lane, David Harber, Ran Hwang, Matt Devine and Richard Orlinski.
As a veritable genius, he lays bare the intimate nature of these materials and enhances the natural shape and color of wood, so that it becomes a work of art.
Lee Jaehyo shares a great respect for raw materials but also a will to dominate what nature has provided.
The perfection of his works lies in the balance between complexity of forms and simplicity of materials.
"One needs to touch them to feel the smoothness of the polished wood, as smooth as the silk.
But also to smell the scent of wood grain and stones…" Lee Jaehyo