A furniture designer, cabinetmaker and artist
Furniture Designer, Design Educator, Craftsman, and Artist
Furniture Designer, Design Educator, Craftsman, and Artist

Milk Chocolate Bowl + Table I & II (2012)


Table I

Walnut, Ash, Milk Paint, Epoxy & Danish Oil

W: 600 x D: 600 x H: 900


Table II

Plywood, Steel Rod, Tung Oil

W: 600 x D: 600 x H: 900




These twin tables were designed for containing Milk Chocolate Bowls and were made from two different materials. I applied natural walnut for the first piece and the second piece was made of plywood for construction.

Comparing the prices of these materials, walnut is 20 times more expensive than plywood. I examined how two different materials could be juxtaposed in the same form.

Although these tables have the same form, I had to build them in different ways. In the case of the walnut piece, I used general woodworking techniques such as domino jointing and wood turning (except for CNC routing, when the hole on the center of the table top was made).

In contrast, in the case of plywood table, laminated plywood does not have strength to endure the pressure occurring on the lathe while I turn it as a spindle. Therefore, I had to put a 1/2-inch thick steel rod into the laminated plywood.



walnut, ash, plywood, milk paint Milk Chocolate Bowl + Table I & II (2012)



bowl & the hole were made by execution of CNC router



CNC secures accurate fit between the bowl and the table



Work Process

preliminary sketch & estimating materials
3D rendering based on sketch (3D Studio Max 2012 + Mental Ray)



3D rendering for bowl, applying plywood material (3D Studio Max 2012)



3D rendering for Milk Chocolate Bowl (Auto CAD 2012, 3D Studio Max 2012)



plywood lamination for a leg



CNC execution on inside of a Milk Chocolate Bowl



Finishing Cut on outside





Milk Chocolate Bowl + Shelf (2012)

Walnut slab, Ash, Milk Paint, Epoxy & Danish Oil

W: 1400 x D: 270 x H: 50




This shelf is the marrying of the Milk Chocolate Bowl and a natural walnut slab. Cracks on the walnut slab were joined by butterfly joints, which are known as George Nakashima’s icon for woodworkers.

I manipulated the CNC router to make a hole on the slab for fitting the bowl into. The combined shape allows audiences to imagine the shape of a cow and its udders.








milk chocolate bowl + shelf



hardware for mounting





Work Process


preliminary sketch



3D modeling



making a decision for the location of the hole





Acuressure Points Chair V (2012)

African Mahogany, Honduras Mahogany, Tung Oil

W: 470 x D: 450 x H: 800




             The Acupuncture Points Chair V certainly reflects my concept on furniture which is intended for daily use. As is well known, most pregnant women suffer from edema due to their decreased kidney function. I designed this piece for the relief of my wife’s symptoms during her pregnancy. After a discussion on her favorite styles of chairs and types of woods, we came to an agreement on a modern Danish chair and dark brown wood.

             For the design of this chair, I firstly measured the location of my wife’s kidney acupressure points on her back. Their location was 240mm above the 440mm height seat. I then used AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max to create two bumps on the right position of the 3D-modeled chair back. The 3D model was created by using a CNC router on a laminated mahogany block.







I applied eight bumps for pleen and stomach acupressure points. This chair was designed for a 5'9" male's digestion.

For acupuncturists, the spleen is regarded as the root of depression. I assumed that the depression was the main reason for indegstion, also causing stomach problems. Therefore, I anticipated that if my my chair could stimulate both acupressure points at once, the effect will be more synergistic. 



refining the form with angle grinder, chisel, spokeshave & etc


Feb 2017


Woodshop Bradley & Jay 런칭.

TL 시리즈 디자인 출시



Nov 2016


YJ got re-started woodworking at a woodshop located in Gwangju city.




Aug 2016


YJ had a business trip to the US for participating Ethan Allen Conference and searching other high-end leather furniture makers.




Jun 2016


YJ moved to Sebang Trade as a lead designer for Ethan Allen furniture.




Jan 2016


YJ joined to Gyeonggi Furniture Creative Center for teaching a class from Jan 18. He will teach a class which is about basic furniutre making and wood turning.




Dec 2015


YJ had a business trip to Vietnam again for developing New Mocca series as his final project from Madeleine Sangzom.




Mar 2015


YJ had a business trip to the Madeleine Sangzom factory in Vietnam for 4 weeks. During the duration of it, YJ built up many of prototypes with soft maple for developing Bory Series; which will be taking a part of product line-ups.



Oct 2014


YJ joined to design team of Madeleine Sangzom as a design director. That company is focusing on wooden furniture and living products, and located in Daegu, South Korea.



Jun 2014


YJ had a business trip to Neocon Chicago, as a project manager for Teknion System Furniture. During the visit, Bradley Triana, Toad Steffy and Alphonse Mattia joined him and had a wonderful time at a Korean reataurant Light House, located in suburb of Chicago.



Dec 2013


YJ got started working for Teknion System Furniture as a project manager of Aurum Co. LTD in South Korea.



May 2013


Three Rivers Arts Festival

YJ's milk chocolate bowl tables were exhibited at Juried Visual Arts Show, a part of Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh.



Oct 2012


YJ's 2nd Masterpiece

Bradley Hyunjae Shin was born in Oct 16, just one day before his brother Yoonjae's birthday.



CAD & CNC Technologies integrated into Studio Furniture Design

an MFA Thesis Exhibition

by Yong Jun Shin


Oct 1-5, 2012

Annex Gallery

Sprowls Hall

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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