WooJai Lee is a Korean - New Zealander designer/artist who was based in The Netherlands until recently moving to Melbourne, Australia. His practice stretches from furniture and interior elements to sculptural paintings. They all involve working with different materials, experimenting and exploring their hidden potentials. Material tactility is what he prioritises in his work, where the qualities of the material are accentuated to tell their stories.

He works in both constructional and sculptural ways, mixing the qualities of the two to create a unique style of works.

WooJai’s main focus of work involves working with recycled newspapers to create furniture and interior elements with importance to sustainability, which he is now developing further into sculptural pieces with emotional spatial qualities.

info@woojai.com
instagram @woojai
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EDUCATION
2016 - Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) Bachelor of Arts
2022 - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (AUS) Master of Fine Arts

NOTABLE EXHIBITIONS
2022.05 - “It’s our F***ing Backyard. Design Material Futures”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
2022.05 - “Repair : Re+pair”, Contributors, Amore Seongsu, Seoul, KR
2020.09 - “Natural Object: Jayeonmul Part 2”, Weekly Cabinet, Seoul, KR
2020.07 - “Paper is”, Space B-E Gallery, KR
2019.04 - “Tracing Borders”, TAC, NL
2018.10 - “The Way We Face Leather”, Dutch Design Week 2018, NL
2018.04 - “The Materialists presents Paper Extended”, Salone del Mobile 2018, Milan, IT
2018.02 - “Collect”, Saatchi Gallery, London GB
2018.02 - OBJECT Rotterdam 2018, Rotterdam NL
2018.01 - Cologne Design Week, Cologne DE
2017.11 - Toyama Prefectural Museum Art and Design, JP
2017.10 - Craft Council, Dutch Design Week 2017, Eindhoven NL
2017.10 - “The Materialists presents Paper”, DDW2017, NL
2017.09 - London Design Fair 2017, London GB
2017.09 - Mint Gallery, London Design Festival 2017, London GB
2017.09 - Schaudepot Lab / Vitra Design Museum, Germany (In Permanent Collection)
2017.06 - CODA Paper Art 2017, CODA MUSEUM, Apeldoorn NL
2017.05 - Mint MetaCraft 2017, London GB
2017.04 - Ventura Lambrate 2017, Milan IT
2017.02 - OBJECT Rotterdam 2017, Rotterdam NL

COLLABORATION
2020.10 - OIMU x Studio Woojai Incense holders, OIMU, KR
2020.10 - Lynk&Co Amsterdam Store, Space Projects Amsterdam, NL
2020.03 - COS x Studio Woojai, COS Store, Gwangyo Galleria, KR

CURATION
2018.10 - “The Way We Face Leather”, Dutch Design Week 2018, NL
2018.04 - “The Materialists presents Paper Extended”, Milan, IT
2017.10 - “The Materialists presents Paper”, DDW2017, NL

WORK
2017 ~ The Materialists, Eindhoven NL (Founder & Director)
2016 ~ Studio Woojai, Eindhoven NL

FEATURED ONLINE ARTICLES
2021 - Vogue Korea July - 가구와 오브제를 창조하는 젊은 디자이너 6인
2020 - Arctic Paper - WooJai Lee - Paper Passion 
2020 - Design Milk - Studio Woojai turns waste paper into bricks and furniture
2016 - Designboom
2016 - Dezeen


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