Hyein Jwa


“Understanding the fluctuations and general living of human life are the most integral influences on both design and aesthetics.”
- Ruby Beesley, on the design philosophies of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Innovation is not always about revolutionizing the status quo; often it is simply revisiting the product or idea to improve upon its blemishes. Sometimes it’s just about reimagining space or refashioning the prevailing idea, and in the process, breaking the perception of the way things are.

Successful design manifests when it inspires familiarity.

For me, living environments have always been spaces that evoke subtle familiarity. Whether visiting my parent’s home, or a friend’s apartment, each environment had its own unique characteristics, but all shared the same “glow of warmth.” It is an understanding that I have experienced time and time again, and an experience that has inspired my process in design.

As a designer, I have a strong interest in furniture design and product design. What interests me most about these two fields, is that they are strongly tied to the idea of making things that can be used in living environments. Taking from and applying human elements like humor, irony, and even unexpected delight into my designs, I am able to share that same glow of warmth for people and living spaces.

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    Phase Design
    June 2015 - February 2016
    North Hollywood, CA

    Phase Design
    Design Intern
    September 2014 - December 2014
    North Hollywood, CA

    Centimeter studio
    Design Intern
    June 2013 - August 2013
    Seoul, Korea

  • Gallery/Exhibit

    Student Gallery
    Regen, Rehabilitative knee brace
    Birdy, Musical toddler’s toy
    Sprout, Outdoor side table
    Tranquility, Humidifier for asthmatic


    Good Design
    Korea Institute of Design Promotion/ Seoul, Korea
    In recognition of Sleeed, Horizontal stacking chair

    Salone Satellite
    Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair)/ Milan, Italy
    In recognition of Hang, Bedside table

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