Cursive Structure

art & illustration

Caoshu—known as Chinese cursive brush-writing—is the most abbreviated typeface in calligraphy. The free flow resembles the appearance of a dragon that seems to fly through the sky.

Seoul-based designer Chulan Kwak, inspired by this movement, restructured the 2D stroke of Caoshu, which seemed to run the blank space rhythmically, into a 3D structure. He has created beautifully minimal series titled ‘Cursive Structure’ that functions as well as creating a contrast between the object and margin of space that changes according to one’s perspective.

In order to realise this free curved form, Kwak applied the technique of paper craft to woodwork. He first created the form through 3D software and then unfolded it to extract the accurate drawing. He used this method to precisely cut thin and bendable plywood with a CNC machine and to adhere the edges of each parts correctly in order.

Through the combination of the digital tool and craftsmanship, he was able to create the solid forms of free curves in the real world, such as those made in the virtual space.

This is fascinating design, and although it may not exude comfort, it does boldly demonstrate how minimal design can be applied to such a skilful and expressive art form.

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