Kwangho Lee was born in 1981 and grew up in a small city next to Seoul, Korea. He completed his studies at Hongik University in Seoul, majoring in Metal Art & Design, and graduated in February 2007.
Making things by hand was a great joy as a child, reminding him of his grandfather; who, a farmer himself, constantly handmade daily household goods from natural materials found nearby. Kwangho Lee appreciated the way he looked at everyday objects and; thus, began to approach things in similar ways; to give new meaning and function to the most ordinary.
Today, as he continuously presents new series of works, he develops his practice by discovering moments of materials joining one another. He currently lives and works in Seoul.
Kwangho Lee was nominated MADE 2017 Designer of the year, along with the domination by jury, ‘Designer of The Future at Design Miami/Basel,’ in 2009 and was selected as Artist of The Year 2011 by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Young Craftsman of The Year by Yeol – a society for Korean cultural heritage – in 2013.
His works are included, as a permanent collection, in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; along with a number of features of his works released in major design publications worldwide.