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.

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EDUCATION
2016 - Design Academy Eindhoven, Bachelor of Arts, The Netherlands
2022 - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Master of Fine Arts, Australia


EXHIBITIONS
2022 - It’s our F***ing Backyard. Design Material Futures, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
2022 - Repair : Re+pair, Contributors, Amore Seongsu, Seoul, KR
2021 - Tomorrow's Vintage Pop-up, COACH Korea, Seoul, KR
2021 - STUDIO I by IONIQ, Pairing Table, Seoul, KR
2020 - Natural Object: Jayeonmul Part 2, Weekly Cabinet, Seoul, KR
2020 - Paper is, Space B-E Gallery, Seoul, KR
2019 - Tracing Borders, TAC, Eindhoven, NL
2018 - The Way We Face Leather, Dutch Design Week 2018, NL
2018 - The Materialists presents Paper Extended, Salone del Mobile 2018, Milan, IT
2018 - Collect, with Mint Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London, GB
2018 - OBJECT Rotterdam 2018, Rotterdam, NL
2018 - Embracing Exchange, Cologne Design Week, Cologne, DE
2017 - Dialogue with Material, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, JP
2017 - Craft Council, Dutch Design Week 2017, Eindhoven, NL
2017 - The Materialists presents Paper, DDW2017, Eindhoven, NL
2017 - London Design Fair 2017, London, GB
2017 - Mint Gallery, London Design Festival 2017, London, GB
2017 - Schaudepot Lab, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, DE (In Permanent Collection)
2017 - CODA Paper Art 2017, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
2017 - Mint MetaCraft 2017, London, GB
2017 - Ventura Lambrate 2017, Milan, IT
2017 - OBJECT Rotterdam 2017, Rotterdam, NL
2016 - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show, DDW16, Eindhoven, NL

COLLABORATION
2020, 2022 - OIMU x Woojai Incense holders, OIMU, Seoul, KR
2020 - Lynk&Co Amsterdam Store, Space Projects, Amsterdam, NL
2020 - COS x Woojai, COS Store, Galleria Department Store, Gwangyo, KR

CURATION
2018 - The Way We Face Leather, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven, NL
2018 - The Materialists presents Paper Extended, Milan, IT
2017 - The Materialists presents Paper, DDW2017, Eindhoven, NL

EXPERIENCES
2017~ - The Materialists, Collective, Eindhoven, NL (Founder & Director)
2016~ - Studio Woojai, Eindhoven, NL
2014 - Intern at Jolan van der Wiel, Amsterdam, NL

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2022 - GARM Magazine, Paper, Designer Interview, KR
2021 - Styler Magazine, Showcase_BE SUSTAINABLE, Photoshoot, KR
2021 - Vogue Korea July - 가구와 오브제를 창조하는 젊은 디자이너 6인, KR
2020 - CRAFT + DESIGN, Designer Interview, KR
2020 - Creators with Purpose, Audio clip
2020 - Arctic Paper - WooJai Lee - Paper Passion
2020 - Design Milk - Studio Woojai turns waste paper into bricks and furniture
2018 - Design Collection Book, Maison Claire Korea, Interview, KR
2018 - Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for Better World, Seetal Solanski, Prestel, DE
2017 - INGENIOUS: Product Design That Works, Promopress, CN
2017 - FD Perfoonlijk, Verliefd Op Nederland, Interview, NL
2017 - Design360 Magazine, Interview, CN
2016 - ELLE Decoration, Artwork photoshoot, NL
2016 - Designboom
2016 - Dezeen




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