Oh’s art is a commentary on plastic’s quality as a universal substance that can be formed into any shape. By combining the plastic objects and covering them in jute string, the objects take a new form with new meaning — even though it’s pretty easy to pick out distinct shapes. It’s as if a room full of common household goods were suddenly tossed in a pile and entombed in khaki-colored string.
Savage Chair is similar to (but much more ambitious than) Oh’s previous work, the Jute Side Table, which consists of 12 manufactured plastic objects that are covered in jute string and formed into a functional side table. “The concept came from a desire to transform industrial, mass produced objects into new hand-made, high-value entities,” Oh told Co.Design. “These discarded items represent industrial society, and a conflict arises when they’re wrapped in the natural fibers of jute.”