Just across the pond in West London resides the creative design studio Logical Art and its founders, Yoo-kyung Shin and Hanhsi Chen. In 2011, after graduating from the Royal College of Art, Yoo-kyung and Hanhsi wanted to explore the intersection of technology and craftsmanship. Bringing together their talents in art, design, and illustration, they started to create everything from lighting and clocks to accessories and experimental design. Today they bring their music together for this week’s Playlist.
What do you listen to while you work? It depends on what type of job we are working on. Normally we start our day with some creative works (like ideation); very calm, peaceful classic piano or violin will fit the scene very well. Then we might encounter some prototyping or technical works which requires more hand than brain. We would then choose more energetic tones like Trance or New Age (Jamiroquai is awesome). Occasionally, we’ll mix in some very nice vocals like Dido and Enya.
How do you listen? We will play the music through our Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II, which connect to the laptop.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? iTunes is simply convenient enough.
Does music influence your work? It definitely does. But not in a direct way. When we are start a new project, we flip through books and images and soak ourselves completely in the music we like. It’s almost like a secret place where all the amazing inspirations came from.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? I [Yoo-kyung Shin] have a very close friend who knows a lot about music; she influences my musical tastes a lot. Hanhsi’s father also has a really amazing collection of classical CDs. We are by no means the expert that he is, but that’s where all our classical music comes from.
What song or artist best represents the work you create? Clint Mansell.
Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist: An Eames Molded Plastic Armchair with Rocker Base. It is simply amazing: conforms to your back comfortably, rocking gently back and forth. It’s like a sweet dream.
LOGICAL ART’S PLAYLIST – Logical Art tag-teamed their playlist. The first five songs are from Yoo-kyung, and the last six are from Hahnsi:
1. Lady, Modjo
2. Virtual Insanity, Jamiroquai
3. Something About Us, Daft Punk
4. Think About’Chu, Asoto Union
5. U Remind Me, Usher
6. Holding On To Nothing, Agnelli & Nelson
7. Crazy, Alanis Morissette
8. Ghost of a Rose, Blackmore’s Night
9. Sand In My Shoes, Dido
10. First Movement, Clint Mansell
11. Summer Palace, Peyman Yazdanian
Photos: Logical Art