Despite taking it for granted in his younger years, Korean designer Suk Keun Kang has come to love and be inspired by the natural world in his work, looking to his home nation's countryside to influence his craft. From his rural base in Kang Won Do, he's developed a unique lacquering technique that allows the beautifully carved timber 함지
timber bowls he creates to have an enduring quality in their functional use. By taking an innovative approach to the Korean craft technique of 옻칠
(natural lacquering), and retaining a local influence in his designs he's won acclaim across the world - making it to the finalist list of the prestigious
Similarly, Copenhagen-based Niels Strøyer Christophersen looks to natural materials in the objects he creates for his respected design brand Frama
, winning him international acclaim and a global audience along the way. Known for its handsome Danish timber furniture and collaborations with artisans and crafts people in places as far away as Mexico and Korea, Frama sells to a discerning audience with an appetite for well-made, aesthetically pure design. The pair sat down with Korean Craft & Design for a conversation around Kang's work and process, with Niels injecting his passion for regional craft into the conversation and sharing with us his design philosophy.