A talented furniture design graduate from South Korea has had a signature piece of furniture exhibited at the Scottish parliament.
Jin Sung Choi from Busan is a former trainee pilot and Marine soldier, who has discovered a skill and passion for woodworking.
Always interested in both design and the practical skills in making furniture, he hopes to go onto further training in Japan, to develop his technique in carving and gilding.
He has been studying for the last year at the prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture in Scotland, one of the leading furniture design schools in the world.
Jin has just graduated with distinction, and his signature desk in solid fumed oak was chosen to be exhibited alongside four other pieces at the Scottish parliament by Professor Christopher Breward, principal of the Edinburgh College of Art.
Jin hopes to eventually set up his own business in South Korea where he thinks the market is beginning to embrace international design influences.
“South Korean furniture is traditionally made from solid wood, often inlaid with mother of pearl and with brass fastenings and handles,” says Jin.
“I am more interested in bringing a delicate Western approach, and creating furniture that is both Oriental and classical.”
His stunning oak desk has beautifully-turned legs, brass fixings – and incorporates a hidden compartment with a hidden key.
Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale school, said that “Jin is someone with a rare and wonderful talent, both for furniture design and for his absolute craftsmanship. His work has been both inspirational and beautiful.
Photo: Jin is pictured with Iain Gray MSP, the member of the Scottish parliament who kindly sponsored the exhibition.