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B1,1F 12-6, seongsu il ro 1gil, seongsu 1ga, seongdonggu, seoul, korea


kwangho lee

Kwangho Lee was born in 1981 and grew up in a small city next to Seoul, Korea. He completed his studies at Hongik University in Seoul, majoring Metal Art & Design, and graduated in February 2007. He currently lives and works in Seoul. This year marks his 10th year since the start of his career as a designer. Making things by hand was a great joy as a child, reminding his grandfather who, a farmer himself, constantly hand-made daily household goods from natural materials found nearby. Kwangho Lee appreciated the way he looked at everyday objects and thus began to approach things in similar ways; to give new meaning and function to the most ordinary. Today, as he continuously presents new series of works, he develops his practice by discovering moments of materials joining another. Until now he made works on marble and marble, copper and enamel, steel and steel and tries to describe in his works the instant moment of union.

He was nominated for Jury's Selection of Designer of The Future at Design Miami/Basel in 2009 and was selected as Artist of The Year 2011 by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Young Craftsman of The Year by Yeol-a society for Korean cultural heritage-in 2013.

His works were shown at Commissaires, Johnson Trading Gallery, Victor Hunt, Karena Schuessler, Clear Gallery & Edition, Gallery Seomi, along with group projects and international exhibitions such as Design Miami/Basel, and Design Days Dubai.

Also, his works are included as a permanent collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art along with a number of features of his works released in major design publications worldwide.


BA hongik univ. fine arts department of metal art & design, seoul


designer of the year - made

young talent award(shortlist) - be open

young craftsman of the year, yeol - society for korean cultural heritage

artist of the year, korean ministry of culture

designer of the future(nomination), design miami/ basel

[d3] contest(nomination), imm cologne, german design council
10 designers(jury's selection), dmy berlin


museum of applied arts and sciences, sydney
leeum, seoul
m + museum, hongkong
daegu art museum, daegu
san francisco museum of modern art, san francisco
the montreal museum of fine arts, montreal

solo exhibitions

10 years, victor hunt, brussels

indefinite objects, one and j gallery, seoul

kwangho lee, design museum - de sign de, osaka

medium, clear edition & gallery, tokyo

kwangho lee, karena schuessler gallery, berlin

lifelike design, victor hunt, brussels
extension, gallery seomi, seoul

like a forest of wire, commissaires, montreal

group exhibitions

made 2017 - ciccillo matarazzo pavilion, sao paulo
midtown lever house - salon 94 design, ny
ghost dog - salon 94 design, ny

making is thinking is making, XXI triennale international exhibition milan
alamak! - design in asia, XXI triennale international exhibition milan
korea now, bayerisches nationalmuseumdesign, munchen

making life, clayarch gimhae museum, gimhae
korea now, museum of decorative arts, paris
design miami/ basel 2015 - victor hunt, basel

design miami/ basel 2014 - victor hunt, basel
young craftsman of the year, yeol hanok, seoul

funiture 2013, johnson trading gallery, ny
new wave, kumho museum, seoul
dna, daegu art museum, daegu

design miami/ 2012 - johnson trading gallery, miami
the threads that bind us, plus design gallery, milan
design days dubai, dubai

design miami/ 2011 - johnson trading gallery, miami
gwangju design biennale 2011, gwangju
superba, jf chen, los angeles
a new hook, museum belle rive, zurich
milan does beirut, carwan gallery, milan
fendi - fatto a mano for the future, galleria dpt., seoul
object rotterdam 2011- victor hunt, rotterdam
maison & object 2011, paris

design miami/ 2010 - johnson trading gallery, miami
mise en scene, karena schuessler gallery, berlin
saint-etienne design biennale, saint-etienne
contemporary on chrystie, johnson trading gallery, ny
design tide 2010, midtown, tokyo
korean gene, kcdf, seoul
current, bakery gallery, san diego
incheon international digital art festival 2010, incheon
design miami/ basel 2010 - johnson trading gallery, basel
post fossil, 21-21 design sight, tokyo
commissioned, marelleria, milan
the hand of designer - moleskin, villa necchi campiglio, milan
the state of things, design museum holon, israel

design miami/ 2009 - johnson trading gallery, miami
light, karena schuessler gallery, berlin
box - kwangho lee, lynfabrikken, aarhus
woven, johnson trading gallery, ny
craft punk, spazio fendi, milan
prophets & penitents - confessions of chair, milan
tisse - metisse, commissaires, milan
[d3] contest, imm cologne, koln

design miami/ 2008 - johnson trading gallery, miami
saint-etienne design biennale 2008, saint etienne
experimenta design amsterdam 2008 - droog 'urban play', amsterdam
design tent, london
dmy berlin 2008, berlin