Biography
Born in 1966 in South Korea, Hong-gu Park undertook an apprenticeship at a traditional Korean  furniture making practice and begun making bespoke furniture. Hong-gu became disatisfied with the creative and institutional limits of traditional furniture production and begun experimenting in a more purely artistic way. He now crafts his sculptural objects and artistic furniture in converted barns in rural South Korea where he combines traditional and contemporary ways of wood working.
 
Hong-gu draws on the irregularity and oddness of nature to form his visual language.  He works in Platanu, Bakdal Birch and Cherry wood, and scorches his carved surfaces with hot stones and burning branches in a process both meditative and performative to craft objects quiet and powerful.
 
Nameoji, his series of triangular sculptures, are deeply personal works, expressing his sense of artistic freedom, unconstrained by the limits of utility or economy. Nameoji means ‘what is left'  or 'leftover’ in Korean; what is left in these triangular forms - hewn from large timber logs - he sees as his pure artistic self.  
Another of his ongoing artistic projects is the Emotional Chair, a furniture-portrait exploring his internal landscape of emotions. This became a seminal, signature work that he continued to develop into newer pieces expressing different emotions as he moved through his life. His new ‘Emotional Chair no. 4’ is graceful and ergonomically refined.  The exaggerated lines of the chair and carved florid embellishments make his chairs feel theatrical, giving us a glimse of how he feels now: confident, accomplished and relaxed. 
 

Hong-gu Park is a successful furniture designer whose recent work has focused on artistic experimentation in abstract wood-carved forms. The public debut for his Emotional Chair was the Living Design Fair, the luxury furniture fair in Seoul in 2006. His work has since been shown internationally and is included in public collections including at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Installation shots