Jay Sae Jung Oh - Design New York Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Johnson Trading Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Sam Cochran, "United Front," Architectural Digest, May 2017, p. 140 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    In her Savage Series, Seattle-based artist and industrial designer Jay Sae Jung Oh takes plastic objects and assembles them into sculptural pieces of furniture that she then covers in cords of jute or cowhide leather. The present chair was her first example of a piece covered in cowhide leather. She has created a range of pieces, each unique, from side tables to chairs and sofas. In each example, the wrapped objects are concealed, though their outlines give hints of each object’s identity and previous life. These pieces are intricately made and each requires up to four months to complete. Describing the series as a response to a culture of consumption, the designer said, “discarded objects are reborn as a handcrafted, functional object with high value. It might not be a practical solution for our disposable culture, but I want to suggest another way to solve this issue is by simply changing our attitude and finding beauty in the things that we tend to disregard.” A chair from her Savage Series won the first ever juried awards for “Best in Show’ at Design Miami/ in 2019 and another chair from the series belongs to the permanent collection of the Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Property from a Private Collection, New York


Unique "Savage Chair_Black Edition_2014"

Cowhide leather cord over plastic objects.
44 x 54 x 44 in. (111.8 x 137.2 x 111.8 cm)

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $17,500

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New York Auction 29 July 2020