As in previous years, the Korea Institute of Design Promotion is hosting a country pavilion at the Earls Court 100% Design London show. Here are the details of the Korean exhibitors this year.
KOREA DESIGN 2012
100% Design, London
19-22 September 2012
Korea Design is an exhibition of Korean Design at 100% Design in London 19-22 September 2012.
Following on from the Korea Institute of Design and Promotion’s success at last year’s fair, where its pavilion was highly commended for its stand design, and one of its designers awarded for Best Use of Materials, Korea Design returns to the LDF to exhibit the latest offerings from Korean designers.
Korea is steadily developing a reputation as a producer of beautiful, intelligent design that marries high-spec technology with natural materials and simple forms. This year’s showcase, which includes ten design companies and five visionaries chosen as Korea’s Next Generation Design Leaders, will fly the flag for Korean Design around the globe.
Cell Lighting specialises in image based LED lighting. The company has developed the IMAGELED Lighting System using LED colour rendering and video image communication technology. It operates a comprehensive service that includes contents design, manufacture and interactive system development.
DESIGN TO DO (Seungyong SONG)
Design To Do offers everyday products in original shapes and simple, natural materials, including vases made of concrete and iron and a light/bedside table.
Fabrikr is a two person design craft studio. The design duo reinterprets fabric to produce original furniture that combines design and handcraft. Each item of furniture uses fabric applied in various ways. The Gadum table for instance, uses stacked up layers of fabric that are shaved and trimmed to create a single piece of furniture. The Fabriture_Monster chair uses fabrics of varying textures in the same colourways applied to disposed wooden furniture.
Joo Design specialises in product design for commercial enterprises and designs furniture, living and office products. The studio also provides a trend analysis service. Joo Design manufactures, distributes and sells its own products.
Furniture designer Dohoon Kim has worked for the last ten years on researching bentwood methods of manufacture that cut down the manufacturing process and reduce material loss. Kim’s designs comprise a light, sturdy organic structure in free-flowing shapes.
Jahyung Kim’s designs focus on natural materials and shapes. Her new series ‘Natural’ follows ‘Stitch and Branch’ earlier this year. Both collections use clean lines to let the inherent qualities of natural materials shine through.
MANIFESTO DESIGN LAB
Established in 2011, Manifesto Design Lab is based in New York and Seoul. The studio’s projects, which range form products to buildings, explore the relationship between the city and its people.
November Design works in exhibition, interior and publication design. The studio also manufactures and sells eco-friendly design art items.
Stereotype is a Seoul-based design studio. Its I-BOX range of furniture is an eco-friendly, DIY type furniture. The one-touch joint method and knock-down structure enables easy design alteration. IBOX features storage for diverse items such as books, toys and DVD’s. Made of non-toxic ABS/PLA, I-BOX is highly water resistant and is appropriate for use in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
XEROCK KIM STUDIO
Xerock Kim Studio designs furniture and products that explore the relationship between manmade city and nature.
NEXT GENERATION DESIGN LEADERS
Government support and sponsorship plays a crucial role in recognising and cultivating talent. The ‘Next Generation Design Leader Program’ was launched in 2004, with sponsorship from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, and the Korea Institute of Design Promotion. The principle objectives of the project are to promote the development of tomorrow’s design leaders, and to foster links between design education and industrial practice.
The program promotes design across all industries, ranging from product, furniture, lighting and fashion design, as well as broader disciplines including design for children’s experiential education.
The five designers and design studios exhibited here were chosen as representative of the creative thinking of the new generation of furniture, lighting, accessories and product designers.
Jaekyoung Kim is one half of design duo KAMKAM, which works in the fields of furniture, object, product and space design. The studio takes a playful and conceptual approach to furniture design. Its Dressed-Up Furniture collection is a range of stools, tables and cabinets made of flexible fabric. The concept behind the collection is to combine storage and clothing by incorporating familiar fashion elements, such as belts and buttons, to items of furniture.
The Dressed Up furniture series is made of leather, plywood, sponge and ash and comes in a range of colours including blue, green, yellow and grey and including two-tone colours.
Seonyoung Kwon is a designer working principally with wool fabrics. Kwon applies hand-cutting and felting methods to wool to create new applications that range from light shades to cushions and seamless clothing.
Ilhoon Roh is a trained architect and designer. His furniture and lighting designs reflect architectural qualities whilst focusing on experimental techniques and materials.
Kiseung Lee founded the product and concept design studio, Studio Inbetween, in 2010. His light ‘One piece of lamp’ is made of a single plywood board. Uniform cuts in the board transform the one-dimensional plane to a three-dimensional geometric form. The property of the material allows production in different sizes and myriad shapes. The sustainable manufacturing process minimises the use of parts and adhesives.
Mars Hwasung YOO
Mars Hwasung Yoo set up the independent design studio BYMARS, based in Stockholm. He works primarily in product design, focusing on everyday objects in playful shapes.
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.