From traditional to modern furniture of the scholars

Sabangtakja, which is always placed in the guesthouse (Sarangbang) of the old scholars, refers to a rectangular table that displays stationeries, books, and vase lights on top as decorations. The table has four columns and a board, and it is great for small rooms. Furthermore, it represents the sentiments for open spaces in Korea. It is also great for modern spaces with its natural wooden texture, concise structure, and golden ratio for visual beauty. It even reflects the wisdom of the Korean ancestors, who used durable and flexible wood to build stable structures that could endure all four seasons without being distorted from varying temperatures. During the 19th century, the four-story Sabangtakja has two drawers and doors at the bottom for more private storage spaces. The drawers and doors with the floral Eunhyeol locks, which showed only the keyhole on the outside with the lock hidden inside, looked great with the humble wooden patterns. Artist Kyungwon Kim’s “Four Sides”, which has re-interpreted Sabangtakja by modern standards, has added the beauty of curvature to the straight-lined furniture of the scholars. He has kept the openness and functionality of Sabangtakja, and created a display unit with plenty of curved designs. The marriage of traditional craftsmanship and modern designs also presented new styles.

Sabangtakja, Artist Kyungwon Kim’s “Four Sides”