South-Korean Okkim studio introduces the merge series, a collection of tables, stools and side tables influenced by the idyllic scenery of Buddhist temples and traditional stone stacks made by villagers, monks and pilgrims.
The scenery of Tongdosa, a Buddhist monastery in yang-san, gyeongsangnam-do, and its basic, serene surroundings inspired Okkim studio for the merge series. Artificial stone stacks known as makdoltap can be found on the approach to Korean temples, with each piece carrying a wish or prayer for good fortune. The merge series is similar to the makdoltap. The many tables may be stacked or separated. Each element is engraved with the designer’s desire for happiness and good luck.
The designer sprayed the metal frames with a traditional lacquer called ‘ott’ before sandpapering and polishing them in symbolic colours reflecting Korea’s four seasons. To achieve a range of hues and textures, each colour was combined with lacquer and put on the uneven surfaces many times.