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Crafting Cultural Fusion: Ae Office’s DOL Series

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In the ever-evolving landscape of design, where innovation meets tradition and sustainability intertwines with aesthetics, Berlin-based design studio Ae Office stands out with their latest creation: the DOL series. This ensemble of expanded cork furniture not only captures the raw beauty of Korean volcanic terrains but also exemplifies a merging of cultures and materials.

Furniture Trends have been evolving rapidly, with designers seeking to incorporate natural elements and sustainable practices into their creations. Ae Office’s DOL series embodies this trend impeccably, drawing inspiration from the indigenous practice of utilizing black volcanic stones in construction while embracing the sustainability of cork.

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Led by Korean designers Hee Choi and Myung Nyun Kim, Ae Office’s journey from Seoul to Jeju Island and finally to Berlin has shaped their creative identity. Their nomadic trajectory underscores an engagement with diverse environments, enriching their design process with varied influences and experiences.

The DOL series, debuting as a stool collection at Milan Design Week 2023 and showcased recently at the Collectible Fair Brussels, presents organic, lightweight furniture that defies expectations. Despite their appearance of roughness and weightiness, each piece is surprisingly light and exhibits an organic character, thanks to the use of cork and handcrafted wooden profiles.

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Encountering cork in Europe sparked Ae Office’s creative exploration, as they sought to recreate the images of volcanic landscapes they had previously encountered in Korea. Cork, known for its sustainability and versatile applications, proved to be an ideal material for furniture due to its insulating properties and shock absorption.

The DOL series not only pays homage to Korean heritage but also exemplifies a broader trend in design – one that celebrates locality, sustainability, and cultural narratives. By collaging materials, methods, and narratives from different locales, Ae Office creates furniture that transcends geographical boundaries and tells a story of interconnectedness.

As Furniture Trends continue to evolve, Ae Office’s DOL series serves as a testament to the beauty of raw materials, the importance of sustainability, and the power of cultural expression in design. With each piece meticulously crafted by hand and finished with natural oils and waxes, these furniture pieces not only adorn spaces but also spark conversations about heritage, environment, and the future of design.

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