Zero Per Stool is a stool made from white oak that uses the (otherwise) wasted wood from the cuttings of the legs, which are then molded into the stool’s seat with resin. According to Studio Hattern, the designers of the stool, wood waste is reduced up to 0%. Hattern is a design studio based in Korea and it’s a collaboration between Jang Won and Kyungsun Kwang.
Jang Won answered some questions for Against Design:
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be a designer.
When I was in high school, DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) was built in Seoul, and I love DDP because it has the work of many designers.
In particular, I like the work of Tom Dixon and Thomas Heatherwick. I wanted to be like the them.
2. What is good design to you?
Umm…. good design is impression. It can be a form or a process.
3. Is a strong concept behind the idea necessary for a good outcome?
No. It just depends on people. I do not think that is the answer.
4. How do you approach the design process?
First comes the concept, and from there derives the form. Finally adjusting details for production. This step is the most important for the production process.
5. What is the most valuable thing you have learned through your career as a designer?
I have a lot to learn yet, but one thing I learned is that designers need commercial performance. Design has a commercial area and an art area at the same time.