Mobile Pantry

2019




Mobile Pantry is Sooyang’s final project at the Royal College of Art followed by her previous Yachae collection. This project is a modular storage system on wheels, which is adaptable to a range of common kitchen and garden needs. As she spent childhood with her grandparents in rural Korea, she was inspired by the pantry and the hanging objects used for sun-drying food and re-interpreted them in a contemporary context by drawing a connection between traditional techniques and digital making technologies.

By delving into a variety of food cultures, Park was inspired by a wide range of traditional methods of storing and preserving food including natural food processes such as sun-drying, fermenting and pickling  that rely essentially on natural elements — sun, air, water and time, which have been neglected in our lives due to the invent of the fridge.

Pantries have disappeared because of modernisation and urbanism. As we have a smaller space, kitchen and pantry have diminished their functions at home. It has reshaped our behaviours about food ranging from storing to eating. This plays a role not only by storing food with practical functions but also it is a symbolic place for sharing different food cultures and experiences, and aims to bring people closer to the food we eat.
 











                                                                        












The top part features small hanging objects that were made using natural materials such as willow canes and natural-dyed yarn.







 























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Each object is designed for specific food with own story
— an egg basket, banana hanger, aubergine swing, orange bag and herb dryer.




     


                 






      













                               






                                                          

The middle part consists of four sections ;
a storage for root vegetables,
a woven plate for sun-dries,
pasta drying racks,
and a chopping board.

They are all easily dismountable with knitted handles.




                                           














The bottom part is for storing jars presenting the process of fermentation.








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Yachae I
: Veggie Bags & Veggie Shelf

2018


Yachae collection, which is titled after the Korean word for vegetables, comprises of three portable veggie-bags and a veggie-shelf. This provides an alternative to the modern refrigeration system, which has resulted in bad practices of treating food and accordingly produces more food waste.

Taking design and shape cues from traditional food packaging, she has chosen to create knit for their flexibility and thus suitability for the irregular shapes and sizes of fruit and vegetables.

This collection aims to redirect people’s habits of treating food in our everyday lives, ranging from buying it to storing it, and to reduce our reliance on the fridge. Fundamentally tackling supermarket culture and plastic packaging issues, this project encourages users to buy unpackaged fruit and vegetables by offering three veggie-bags that make the journey of grocery shopping enjoyable.






































































Veggie-shelf was inspired by the food knowledge that apples and potatoes last longer when they are together since ethylene gas emitted from apples prevents potatoes sprouting.















These Veggie-bags are portable and can be easily hung up in the home using wooden handles.
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Yachae II : Veggie-table & Knitted Jar

2018

Veggie Table & Knitted Jar is a sequel project to Veggie-bags & Veggie-shelf in Yachae collection. The main idea of the veggie-table was that root vegetables stay fresh longer when kept in a vertical position. This saves energy as it matches their direction of growth. The Knitted jar is a flexible storage container for dry food such as pastas, grains or biscuits. This was inspired by Korean rice sacks made of straw that keep food dry by absorbing humidity and increasing air circulation.

These are designed with our limited living space beyond the kitchen in mind. Since kitchen spaces are becoming smaller, people usually stack food in the fridge to conserve space. The intention of this project is to bring food into the living space, out of the fridge, and help people rediscover the beauty of fruit and vegetables.































The Veggie-table suggests an amusing way of storing root vegetables such as beetroots, carrots and parsnips. This allows users to pull them out of the storage, mirroring the process of harvesting and bringing it into our everyday lives.





   























                                                                          


The Knitted Jar has a flexible knit structure, which can help users to efficiently check how much food is left in it as the structure goes down. It can be easily folded when not in use.


                


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How to Wrap Five Bananas

2019

Inspired by the book, How to Wrap Five Eggs, Sooyang suggests a witty way of storing and carrying around bananas.

 












                                                           








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Crafted Luxury
X CMF Envisage

2019

Exploring natural materials and traditional techniques, this project focuses on sustainability in a CMF context. Artisanal craft can be used as a fundamental solution for environmental issues caused by mass production and consumerism, while also creating sophistication and luxury. This project also explores using food waste as an experimental material, while using it as natural dyes. The colour composition made of natural dyes and earthy textures provides a soothing atmosphere.












































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