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Korean Benches & Stools

An emphasis on balance and austerity defines the design aesthetic of Korean benches and chairs. Korean chair craftsmen strive to showcase the intrinsic beauty of their materials, such as the grain of wood, and typically feature minimal decoration in the form of colored paints or carved designs.

Prior to the 16th century, Korean benches and stools were reserved predominantly for the court while the majority of the population sat and ate on the floor. After the devastation incurred by the Imjin wars (1592-1598 A.D.), the government could no longer afford to employ the craftsmen that had been previously conscripted to produce their royal furniture. As a result, these artisans dispersed and brought their expertise and furniture to all regions and classes throughout the country.

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