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My Seoul

Shortlist 2019

My Seoul

Designer/maker: Cristina Zani
Wood supplier: GS Timber
Wood Species: British beech, olive and lime

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Zani’s work is a reflection on the urban environment. The My Seoul collection is influenced by the contrast between South Korea’s sombre modern architecture and its vibrant ancient wooden temples and painted palaces. Zani has borrowed elements from the city’s landscape to visually describe it and subtly suggest it to the viewer. Like South Korea’s architecture, the pieces show the vulnerability of materials when exposed to time and elements. Layers and colours will slowly transform with the passing of years. Each unique piece uses a combination of different shapes, colours and geometries.