Taeyoul Ryu is a furniture designer with a BFA in Sculpture from the Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea and an MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. He has worked extensively in the Wendell Castle Studio in Scottsville, N.Y., and has exhibited throughout Korea and the northeastern United States.
The artist, known for his fanciful pieces, observes, "I believe that furniture is one of humankind's best friends because furniture, which is very close to humans, gives contact, convenience, and beauty in human life. I strongly believe that the delight of use should be a priority rather than functionality and beauty." 
For more information on Taeyoul Ryu, visit www.taeyoulryu.com.
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