Interview: Jay Sae Jung Oh

The designer discusses her jute-wrapped sculptural "Savage" series, environmental sustainability and her next step

The sculptural furnishings by Korea-born designer Jay Sae Jung Oh are stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful—a complicated, show-stopping mix of materials that references centuries-old weaving techniques and yet feels entirely unexpected. Made from discarded plastic objects woven and wrapped around broken-down patio chairs, Oh’s “Savage” series of functional seating and side tables are the perfect marriage of her degree in sculpture from Kookmin University in South Korea and …

Cranbrook

Not the average school campus; it's an architectural and sculptural treasure trove

In the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills lies the “cradle of American modernism.” Out of all of Cranbrook’s different schools (which start from pre-K), the Academy of Art’s unique graduate program for architecture, art and design is especially renowned for not having traditional courses but teaching solely through apprenticeship—it’s effective, considering the list of alumni boasts past and present-day innovators from Charles and Ray Eames …

Culture Lab Detroit

A forum for design invigoration within a city alive with creative thinking

Detroit has more than the makings of a contemporary cultural capital; the city holds a rich history as a pioneer in music and industrial innovation. But there’s no shortage of current programs that continue to encourage artists to foster, evolve and perpetuate its legacy. One of America’s best MFA curriculums, Cranbrook, exists just a few miles north of downtown and inspires people with vibrant passions …