Byung-Hoon Choi is an internationally respected master of 20th century Korean design. His soft, organic forms capture the tranquility of his country's landscape. The play of weight in his furniture design seems to conquer the notion of balance, creating an almost magical sense of strength and stability from within each piece.
His work calls to mind that of icons such as Alvar Aalto, Isamu Noguchi and Henry Moore, but is wholly singular in Choi's evocation of Korean cultural symbols and his own artistic vision.
In his work he has explored stack-laminated wood construction and exquisitely carved wooden surfaces combined with stone. In recent work he experiments with carbon fiber, a feather-light new material that he juxtaposes beautifully with dense black granite.
Choi has exhibited internationally since the late 1970s. His work is held in numerous collections throughout Korea, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Korean Culture and Art Foundation. It is also included in the Vitra Design Museum collection in Weil am Rhein, Germany. In 1989 he was given the annual award from the Korean Craft Council and in 2007 he received Grand Prize at the Seoul Living Design Fair.