Split Explores the Fissure Between Western and Eastern Design

Shinkyu Shon’s Split is an exploration in the beauty standards of the Eastern and Western worlds, in other words natural versus manmade. By utilizing both wood and mirrored stainless steel, Shon attempts to fuse the two worlds together in a way that allows the viewer to still see distinctive features of both materials. The pine tree in these pieces was actually used as a main pillar in a traditional Korean house.

Unlike other Eastern cultures, Shon says Korean design was not given the same amount of time to create a balance between their own identity and that of Western design. Through Split the hope is that two materials, so different in nature, can be expressed as one.