Jay Sae Jung Oh

The Seattle designer is shaking up the design world with her innovative furnishings and chic pet accessories brand
Jay Sae Jung Oh with her French bulldog Boo, who inspired her pet-accessories brand.  Photo: Courtesy of Jay Sae Jung Oh

It’s been a whirlwind year for Jay Sae Jung Oh, the Seattle designer known for turning literal trash into treasure. Her gallery, New York’s Salon 94, brought a lawn chair from her “Savage” series of sustainable furnishings to Design Miami/, and the piece won best in show at the fair’s first-ever juried awards. Additionally, Oh launched the elevated pet accessories brand Boo Oh.

Master class: “I worked for Gaetano Pesce; he was always in the studio, even on weekends, and was the last person to leave at night. He made me realize that if you want to survive as an independent designer, you need to be passionate.”

Up next: “I’m launching a new line with Boo Oh in the spring. I’m also working on little objects for a big group show at R & Company, which will feature 50 of the original artists from the Smithsonian’s 1969 show ‘Objects: USA’ paired with 50 contemporary artists.”

Recommended: Lexus Debuts Custom Installation by Nao Tamura at Design Miami/

Savage chair by Jay Se Jung Oh. Photo: Courtesy of Jay Sae Jung Oh

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2020 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.


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