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November 25, 2013
“Useful Living” by designer Sanghyeok Lee was just announced as the winner of the Time to Design award.
Useful living rack

Time to Design was established in 2008 to help young designers launch their career. The Danish Art Workshop, Normann Copenhagen, the Danish Architectural Press, the Danish Association of Wood and Furniture Industries and OeO provide funds, training, mentorship, and accommodations for the winner. 

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Portrait Sanghyeok Lee
Although Lee was born in South Korea, he studied at Design Academy Eindhoven and the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. He has won numerous awards in addition to Time to Design, such as the D3 Contest at IMM Cologne in 2012.
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useful living shelf
For the past three months Sanghyeok Lee has refined his line, “Useful Living,” at the Danish Art Workshop. He was influenced by classic Danish furniture as well as his once-transient lifestyle to create the series of oak and brass furniture: a bookcase, a rack, and a chair.
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Jobless Shelf
Useful Living is a continuation of Lee’s original project, “Useful Arbeitsloser (Jobless).” The line came out of the theory that “While life becomes heavy and our space of living gets more spacious, the furniture we have around us are getting lighter and feels more indifferent. The form and structure of 'Useful Arbeitsloser (Jobless)' is a story of nomad, imperfect lives and furniture of the contemporaries.” (shelf from 'Useful Arbeitsloser' shown).
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useful living chair
“‘Useful Chair’ has a minimal but strong structure and tells a story, which will be complete once a person sits down in it,” explains Lee.
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detail wood and brass shot
“The three products share the structural concept but each have their own story. The oak, a classic Danish choice for wooden furniture, and the custom designed brass joints lend a natural harmony to the series. “Useful Living” mimics scaffolding structures in construction sites. In its flexible design, it mimics the nomadic lifestyle of a young designer, which was once me,” says Lee.
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Time to Design Useful Living  Trio

The ready-to-assemble series will be exhibited in Nomann Copenhagen’s flagship store in Copenhagen until December 5, 2013. 

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Useful living rack

Time to Design was established in 2008 to help young designers launch their career. The Danish Art Workshop, Normann Copenhagen, the Danish Architectural Press, the Danish Association of Wood and Furniture Industries and OeO provide funds, training, mentorship, and accommodations for the winner. 

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