International Furniture Design Competition

Comments by the Judges

Yeoh-Hang Yoon


First of all I would like to send a sincere message from the bottom of my heart to the many people who suffered in or were affected by the disaster that occurred in Japan in March 2011. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that you can overcome this difficult time as soon as possible. Please do not give up. For the final evaluation of the International Furniture Design Competition, two members of the judging panel were to visit Asahikawa from Europe; however, they unfortunately could not come because of the effects of the earthquake.

It is my honor to serve on the judging panel for the third time since 2005 and would like to congratulate the organizers for holding the 8th International Furniture Design Fair Asahikawa. 21 years have passed since the inception of the competition and after a great deal of effort from the event organizers, it has grown to become an internationally-recognized event over a very short period of time. This is an honor.Although there are not many international competitions specifically for furniture design compared with other fields of design, IFDA is a leading competition that sets the precedent for the future of furniture design. I am truly grateful for its existence.

Even though this year’s competition received fewer entries than the previous competition as the application period was slightly shorter, there were plenty of fresh ideas and outstanding achievements. The entries were well made, brought out the best of the wood and were designed with a combination of productivity and environmental sustainability with sophisticated form and function. These works will surely lead the future of furniture design down the right path.

I would like to express my gratitude to all the applicants for their participation in the IFDA competition. I hope they will continue to take on ever more difficult challenges and proudly take on the responsibility of leading the field in fresh new designs.

In closing, I am especially pleased to send my congratulations to the award winners and finalists. I hope that the applicants whose works were not selected this time will try again in the next competition.

Yeoh-Hang Yoon

Yeoh-Hang Yoon

Designer / Professor, Hongik University, Korea

Yeoh-Hang Yoon was born in Seoul, Korea in 1955. He graduated with a B.F.A. in industrial design in 1979 and an M.F.A. in furniture design in 1984 from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. In addition, he received a B.S. with honors in product design from Art Center College of Design in 1988 and also an M.A. in industrial design from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992.

He began his career as an assistant manager in the Industrial Design Laboratory of Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd. in Seoul, where he was employed from 1981 to 1986. In the latter two years of that period, he worked as a staff designer at I.D. Focus Inc., Daewoo’s subsidiary in Santa Clara, California. He then joined Oswaks Industrial Design in Shadow Hills, California, where he held the position of a principal designer. Since 1995, he has been with the Department of Woodworking and Furniture Design, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University in Seoul, Korea as a professor. In addition, he worked in the Department of Design at Tokai University in Japan as a visiting professor from 2003 to 2004.

Yeoh-Hang Yoon has been actively involved in professional organizations and events in various roles. Among his accomplishments, he has held and has joined numerous design exhibitions over the years in Korea, U.S.A., China, the U.K., Taiwan, Japan, and other countries. Furthermore, he has been actively engaged in designing environmentally friendly furniture and facilities, as well as recently developing designs in collaboration with Conde House Co., Ltd. in Asahikawa, Japan.

Yeoh-Hang Yoon also authored a book entitled, "Freehand Drawing and Sketching" (Yekyong Publications Co.). Currently, Yeoh-Hang Yoon is vice-president of the Korea Furniture Society, and the chairman of the Furniture and Art Committee of the Wood Culture Forum, etc.