Dragon chair and Console table | Chulan Kwak

| 18 : 00 – 20 June 2018 |




Dragon chair, Black sculptural chair, Furniture design


Dragon chair and console is a set of sculptural furniture designed and crafted by Seoul-based artist Chulan Kwak.

Inspired from the movement of a Chinese brush used for calligraphy, the furniture is a part of his Cursive Structure series. Applying the technique of paper craft to wood working, the artist was able to create the 2D form into furniture using 3D software. The visually striking curves of the chair and table evokes a dynamic and sophisticated movement. Thin, flexible ply were cut via CNC machine and put together precisely and dyed with Muck. Dragon table and console is functional and aesthetically pleasing – a complementary balance of modern design and traditional art.


Dragon console table, Black dyed veneer, Sculptural furniture

Dragon console table


From the designer – 

Caoshu (known as Chinese cursive brush-writing) is the most abbreviated typeface in the calligraphy. The free flow resembles the appearance of a dragon that seems to fly through the sky.


Chinese cursive brush writing, Dragon table and console

Chinese cursive brush writing


Chulan Kwak, inspired by this movement, restructured the 2D stroke of Caoshu, which seemed to run the blank space rhythmically, into the 3D structure. He has created ‘Cursive Structure’ that functions as well as creating a contrast between the object and margin of space that changes according to the viewpoint.


3D software modelling, Dragon chair and console

2D to 3D development 


In order to realize this free curved form, Chulan Kwak applied the technique of paper craft to woodwork. He first created the form through 3D software and then unfolded it to extract the accurate drawing. He used this method to precisely cut thin and bendable plywood with a CNC machine and to adhere the edges of each parts correctly in order.


Flexible plywood, 3D forms

Flexible ply precisely cut to the desired form

Through the combination of the digital tool and craftsmanship, he was able to create the solid forms of free curves in the real world, such as those made in the virtual space. They were finished after dyeing with Muck (ink used for Chinese brush-writing) for the deep black color.

Manufacturing process, Console table

Console table making in process

Chulan Kwak, Wood veneer, Sculptural chair

Close view of the brush-stroke dragon chair finished in black dye

Sculptural form of chair, Dragon chair, Chulan Kwak

Sculptural form of the Dragon chair

Product details –


Product name – Cursive Structure series – Dragon Chair and console table

Brand name – Chulan Kwak  | http://www.chulankwak.com

Designer – Chulan Kwak

Product type – Furniture design, Chair, Console table

Studio location – Seoul, South Korea

Completion Year -2018

Photography Credits – © Chulan Kwak

Client Name –  Chapter 1 edit

Size/Specification –

Dragon chair –  W1050 x D700 x H950 (mm), Black ink dyed veneer on plywood and Stainless top.

Dragon console table –  W1500 x D800 x H1130 (mm), Black ink dyed veneer on plywood and Stainless top.


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