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 b. 1994 in Yesan, Republic of Korea

My artist name is Weon Rhee, but my real name is Jong won Lee. Weon Rhee is derived from my real name, Jong won Lee, with "won" and "lee" being old-fashioned spellings. It encapsulates my identity as an artist who draws inspiration from the past. 

I am an artist and designer based in Seoul, Korea, specializing primarily in functional art. Utilizing my heightened sensitivity to sight and touch, the majority of my work unfolds through direct engagement, reflecting a deeply personal, sensory-rich, and exploratory approach. Building upon these tendencies, I endeavor to introduce novel ideas by delving into the cultural, historical, and societal landscapes of my upbringing, always striving to incorporate fresh materials that resonate with my aesthetic sensibilities.

Digital Exhibition : https://craftprizeexhibition.loewe.com/artists/weon-rhee

Contact
Instagram : @weonrhee
E-mail : ljw5423@gmail.com
Phone number : +82 10 2656 9039
Address : 19, Myeongil-ro 16-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Postal code : 05345

Work's process : Weon Rhee's Youtube

Partly Working with 
Mint Gallery, London, UK

Available Platform
Loewe Foundation The Room

Education

2021, Completion, Master of furniture design, Hongik University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2021, Graduate, Bachelor of woodworking & furniture design, Hongik University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Award
2024, Loewe Craft Prize Finalist, Madrid, Spain
2023, Marunuma Art Park Artist Residence selected participant, Saitama, Japan 

2023, Salone del mobile, Salone Satellite Award winner of special mention, Milan, Italy
2021, Cheongju international craft competition craft design prize, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Group Exhibition
2024, Black May, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2024, London Craft Week, London, UK
2024, Loewe Craft Prize Exhibition, Paris, France
2023, Craft Trend Fair, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2023, London Design Festival, London, UK

2023, Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy 
2021, Cheongju International Craft Biennial, Cheongju, Republic of Korea
2021, Craft Trend Fair, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2021, Seoul Design Festival, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Solo Exhibition
2023, 多綠多綠(Too much green) at Craft on the hill Gallery, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Residency

2024, Marunuma Art Park, Saitama, Japan 

Articles
2024, Elephant Magazine, What we Can Do With Our Hands
2024, Harper's Bazaar(Bazaar ART), Tools for Craft Art 
2024, W Korea Magazine, 
해외에서 주목받는 예술가, 이종원 작가와의 인터뷰
2023, Monthly <DESIGN> Magazine, Lifestyle design section 
2023, Designmilk, Weonrhee’s Primitive Structures Resemble Functional Dolmen
2023, Salone del mobile, The latest design challenges at the SaloneSatellite Award 2023
2023, Naver DesignPress, Milan Design Week 2023 review, Salone Satellite
2023, Designboom, ten emerging designers to keep an eye on from SaloneSatellite 2023
2023, Sightunseen, The Best of the Salone del Mobile 2023: Part III

2023, Mattermagazine (wood), interviewed as young designer 
2023, Yanko Design, 
STONE-LIKE TABLES MADE FROM RECYCLED CONSTRUCTION WOOD ARE INSPIRED BY KOREAN ARCHITECTURE
2023, Designboom, weonrhee repurposes construction wood waste into stacked tables inspired by architecture
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