Styrofoam Sofa by Kwangho Lee


Styrofoam Sofa by Korean designer Kwangho Lee is a sofa made of Styrofoam.

He makes the sofa by cutting the material with a hot wire.

See Weave Your Lighting by Kwangho Lee in our earlier story. Below is a statement from Lee about this project:


Styrofoam is something easily exposed and quite familiar in our daily
 lives. Not to mention how often art or design students use it so often 
for its reasonable price and manipulation.

It was also one of my best 
toys in childhood and thus the memory of playing with it was the
 biggest inspiration.

For its materialistic merit of getting warmer as
 you sit or keep hold of it, I sculpted a sofa out of the most raw 
form - a whole block of it - of Styrofoam with heat wires. It is a 
study/experiment of a material so raw and familiar, transforming it 
into something different, giving it another meaning.

I sculpted it out of a whole block of styrofoam with heat wire. The pieces are 'cut off' by melting from the heat.

The wires are adjusted with handles on both ends which is connected to the adoptor. It's a lot better than cutters or knives. The cut is very clean with no styrofoam powder dusting and produces a certain texture that 'coats' the surface.


Posted by Rose Etherington

Posted on Monday January 14th 2008 at 12:51 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Jack

    Fredrikson Stallard looking, but not as good.

  • Clifford

    I think it looks better then the Fredrikson Stallard one!

  • A Girl
  • Achille

    what happens when you drop a lit cigarette on it?

    • Zeyad

      the qouestion …… what happens when you drop a tinner on it !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • phaistos

    propably the same that happens when dropping a cigarette on your 5000$-rolf-benz-sofa …

  • Mai

    Yawn, nothing new here….=[

  • the frog

    Max will be not happy but it !!!

  • (required)

    To this project and the one -A Girl- is referring too; What is the point of carving a seat out a big block of styrofoam? It gives a load of waste and an uncomfortable piece of furniture.

    Oh dear god why?

  • r.n

    This guy’s work is so airy-fairy…please no more!

  • achille

    I could see some merit in this project if the sofa were used as a prototype to be recast in a material logically suited for a peice of furnature. (Some of Frank Gehry’s concrete form work is forged of high density cnc routed foam.) But to present this as a finished piece of furnature, or even worse as a transliteration of material is nonsense.

  • Ben


  • togon

    not a good furniture for warm climates as the styrofoam will be very insulative. Also not a sustainable piece of furniture. Cutting the styrafoam will release toxic gasses. FAIL!

  • Linus

    itz gr8 idea to use of styrofoam sofa wid a sculpted touch…. but wud hav been bettr if der waz less wastage .. looks like creatig a toothpick from a tree…no offens

  • Linus

    itz gr8 a idea to c of styrofoam sofa wid a sculpted touch…. but wud hav been bettr if der waz less wastage .. looks like creating a toothpick from a tree…no offens

  • urbanlux

    sorry. looks shite!

  • LAR

    he’s a copy-machine!

  • A.

    I have an art school assignment to create 15 different textures using styrofoam and i think this is brilliant! Except i don’t understand how to do it on a small scale.. could you elaborate?

  • yoojung

    how wonderful! very experimental idea~!

    count on your next art work!