Frost by Mars



Korean designer HwaSung Yoo of Mars has designed a table and chair made of extruded aluminium with a cross-section inspired by frost patterns.


Plates of extruded material in various lengths and 200mm widths can be attached to make table tops, seats and chair backs.


These are combined with leg supports of varying lengths to make the required pieces of furniture.


HwaSung Yoo completed the project while studying at Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden.


The project was exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan earlier this year.


Here's some more information from the designer:


HwaSung Yoo (Mars) – Frost

Our fraught world of mass-production proves innovation is not always an invention of something new. HwaSung Yoo takes an artistic approach to re-innovate the common, existing technology of mass-production with a poetic twist. Through today’s technological precision of extrusion moulding, frostlike patterns are created as cogs for constructing furniture with an added ability to adjust parts and create different variations.


I humbly believe that project ‘Frost’ was challenge for creation. It would be challenge of machine-made to hand-made. I hoped to show that common industrial mass production ways are possible to be an artistic creation as well, depend on how we control and use them. Of course, they still involved their own functional strength as parts of machine.


Aluminium furniture modules by extrusion

The tables and the chairs are composed with the legs and the plates. Otherwise, most of them have different size from purpose. How do we adjust size and proportion of them?

Basically, frost table and chair are made by same modules. For example, all of plane parts formed by combining same profile. They only have different length of their role. In other words, a one piece of profile for panel has approximately 200mm width, and it designed in order to combine each other. And these pieces make plate elements that we need for the furniture and also legs are based on same module.

What do you need in your space? Desk? Table? High-back or low-back chair? Bench? How much size do you need?

Pattern of the Frost

This frost pattern is inspired from the phenomenon of freezing.

It is a modernizing of ancient patterns, which mostly decorate ancient wooden furniture itself. In other words, Frost pattern is presenting how modernize ancient decoration of furniture with the common technology of mass-production. Through this modernizing, a pattern has gotten a function, which is combining each other.

A pattern of the Frost is expressing emotional aesthetic and providing fulfilled function for constructing furniture.

Repeated patterns extend space and purpose.

Approaching to innovation and creating with a poetic twist connecting between modern and ancient, decoration and function and artistic and engineering.


Extruded shape, how realize this enchanting form by hand-made? It might be biggest character of Frost. I could be humble to say that, ‘Real things are better than photos.’

Posted on Monday August 17th 2009 at 12:20 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ste

    love the IDEA and the back of the chair… not sure about the qualities as furniture… extrusion as technique is very interesting and was never explored enough cause of the cnc hype… perhaps we can expect interesting / simple designs when dig deeper in this direction? inspiring!

  • hair piece

    amazing…very well done…

  • Cr

    Amazing and a tiny bit overdesigned at the same time !

  • amsam

    Nice work, lovely looks and a really fresh fabrication method. Do the joints retain their strength or will these get wiggly in time?

  • g

    great concept, but i don’t fancy dusting it!

  • tony

    very intereting…especially the last picture .
    well done Mars!

  • One of the coolest and mind opening things I have seen in a while. Takes my play sets as a kid to a new level. Amsam, it looks designed to not get wiggly with time, multiple contacts points at various heights, distances and the the strength of metal take care of that. However if a 250 pound gentleman was doing jumping jacks on it . . . well I’d like to see what happens.

  • tiffany

    250 pound man will survive. The chair itself will weight way more. Investment cost for a product like this will be far over 100k. Price per unit with this amount of material used will be between 1 and 10 k per unit. So the public price will be minimum 5 k per chair. If it will be executed it will be a waste or abuse of materials resulting in products hardly anyone can afford. And the designer calls himself humble?

  • Now this is extruded pretty well , like the way things are imagined and korean desing keeps going forward >

  • Sleek way to slice a foot open while trying to reach the fridge in the dark for a midnight snack.

  • cpcp

    that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever seen.

  • matt

    i’m very glad to see that the fancy shape has been cleverly put on the not-used side of the furniture.things are not going THAT wrong eventually.

  • M

    stole the idea off one of Ai Wei Wei’s wood sculptures…

  • i think this is quite possibly the best detailing i have ever seen.
    the fact that the decorative shapes have been made to have a function, hold the pieces together gives these pieces an extraordinary quality.
    this is real design!

  • Ali arooj

    Veri sleek indeed…I like the feel of 3 difernt kinda effects on 1 furnitur…top, botom & the profile…one can also see the 3 finishes as a transition from flat to texture! Love 2 buy it

  • GiGa

    Sorry like the technique of the extruded alu. but pretty dusty and acctualy i don’t see any blocking for the pieces like the legs from the chair if it is just pushed inside I think that a long therm I will be moving like tail of a cow. I would have done a more simple and misterious graphic interveration in the pieces it charges the object to much. I compare this to the new movies like the transformers that I call Techno action they are movies to show how far we can go nowerdays in technologie of filming, for me this is the same thing it shows what is possible, but in my eyes its not good piece of design it’s just an exibition piece and in my eyes an design object must complete his destiny.

  • Glen

    Ok, It’s beautiful, as a techno-phenomen. Yet very impractical in terms of weight. The great impression this retro technology has imprinted on every person in the modern world is that of lightness…which this design is not. Visually it trying to be something it’s not…although the hues and luster of an aluminum finish are extraordinary as a surface, perhaps another material composite (perhaps more environmentally friendly) would fit the revolution this techy folly could evoke. Recycled plastic, Mollasis and Pine Resin, Concrete… then we could all go back to Lego Logic and build cities the way we’ve always wanted, connecting the colorful parts.

  • Sandra

    Does anyone know how to contact the guy? Does Mars have a website or something?

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  • Samantha

    Wow, that’s very cool. Impractical scmatical. It’s something different.

  • Eric

    This has been done so much better by Matias Bengtson