As part of the SOUND×HANGEUL : Variation Of The Korean Alphabet exhibit at the Hangeul Museum in Seoul, Mobi units were assembled in the shapes of tongues, which is known to have inspired the shapes of Hangeul, Korean alphabets.
The project’s goal is to investigate a methodical approach to formal beauty deeper than basic visual ideas such as golden proportion or symmetry.
I established two foundational ideas, Elegance and Extravagance. Elegance occurs when perceived effort in achieving a great output is relatively small. A type of efficiency is found in an object where the form or the effort behind its construction is modest in comparison to the effect it achieves. On the other hand, Extravagance deals with the display of the scale, expense, and power that the subject required. European cathedrals reveals the concept of Extravagance as their scale, detail, and magnitude yield a beauty of impressive kind. In reality, beauty occurs in various proportional combinations of these two, as no object seems to be one but not at all the other.
Mobi is an attempt to manifest this theory by combining Elegance and Extravagance through a means of craft. An approach of modularity is employed to allow efficient expansion and flexibility - extravagance progressively emerges from the simple act of labor. Combining human labor and mass-manufacturing, Mobi questions the boundary of the craft and art of making. Mobi is built as furniture, spatial objects, and sculptural forms.