Innovative Merge of 3D Printing and Traditional Korean Furniture – A Report by


Kim Min Hyuk’s Saero series offers a fresh take on traditional Korean furniture, balancing the rich cultural roots with contemporary design elements. Saero shatters the mold of common perceptions, transforming from a basic utility to a sophisticated focal point that echoes ancient orientalist art.

In the Saero repertoire, aluminum profiles overshadow the rest, infusing durability and lightweight nature into the furniture. Primarily used in automation machines and 3D printers, these profiles are repurposed to skillfully shape the structural segments and tables of Saero. The cross-sectional designs created through extrusion strikingly reflect conventional Korean themes, giving the pieces a touch of perennial beauty.

The creative application of modern materials like bioplastic and 3D printing revives conventional designs. Aluminum profiles featuring a rail flawlessly merge with 3D printed parts adorned with oriental images. Besides ensuring a perfect fit, this novel technique transfigures assembly into an engaging 3D picture.

A close-up of the 3D printed inlays. (Image Credit: Kim Min Hyuk)

The Saero collection represents a bold departure from the conventional byeongpung, reimagining its role from a mere wind-blocking screen to a stylish, historically inspired centerpiece. Kim Min Hyuk’s reinterpretation of culture and heritage through 3D printed aluminum opens new possibilities for the intersection of tradition and innovation in furniture design.


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