The Everyday Martians

nstallation, Research and Performance, London, 2019

- Venue: The Design Museum of London

“How will humans adapt to a life lived almost entirely indoors?”
“Who will get to govern this new settlement?”
“Will a 687-day year transform how we work and rest?”
“What rituals and beliefs might emerge to cope with the sensory deprivation of a monochrome planet?”

In collaboration with the Moving to Mars exhibition curated by the Design Museum of London, Material Futures explored the impact that living on Mars will have on everyday rituals through a series of immersive performances that present every-day scenarios.

From mundane experiences such going to the loo, to complex cultural moments such visiting a funeral home, visitors experienced a series of immersive installations that triggered conversations around perceptions on the Red Planet and whether or not we are prepared to move there.

Curation and art direction carried out by Emily Boxall, Seonmin Kang, Marta Giralt, Maël Hénaff and Oriol Arnedo.

Orange is New Wood

Material Research & Experiments, London, 2018

- Material: Waste Orange Peel

- Waste Orange Peel Provider:
JOE & The JUICE, King’s Cross, London

- Course Project in Material Futures in Central Saint Martins

  Around 70 million tons of oranges are grown worldwide per year.

During the production of orange juice, it is estimated that up to 20 million tons of waste is produced mainly from the peel, pulp, seeds, orange leaves and fruits that do not meet quality standards. Among them, only little percentage of orange waste is turned into pellets for animal feed, spread onto soil or simply burned. Many researches insist that food waste has hidden-effective values and oranges are the excellent example that could shows the possibility that utilizes food waste resources.

After extracting the juice, around half of the orange is discarded. Orange peels contain soluble sugars, cellulose, pectin and other essential oils that could form the basis for several industrial processes. The peel has largely divided into two sections, exocarp (orange colour) and mesocarp (white colour). Based on researches and experiments, I obtained two types and colours and comparable strength to wood.

is a chain of juice bars and coffee shops around the world.
Their store in St Pancras Station store have provided
fresh orange peel waste for this project.

Crab Candle Holder

Product & Film Design, South Korea, 2014

- Material: Ash

Feeling nature in everyday life.

Crab Candle Holder is a decorative interior object & product which is produced by simplifying the shapes of a crab tongs through the personal perspective of the designer who views nature structurally.

The colors are inspired by the neutral colors resembling nature, specially pebbles collected and classified from the coast. Also, it is made with high quality, hard and light colour, Ash wood.

Similar to the healing power of nature, the curving shapes and nuetral colors and the use of natural material would touch and heal the hearts of modern people who need comfort.

The Watch We Live in

Installation and Film, London, 2018 - 2019

- Client: BAUME Watches

- Course Collaboration Project in MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins

'The Watch We Live in' is a clock of installation working with sunlight and this reveals a proof of the Creator's steadfast and unchanging love

Design Development 

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