Expo visit: Korean design and cultural contents at KBEE

by Philip Gowman on 9 November, 2013

in Animation, Asides, Design, Event reports and reviews, Expos and Festivals, Gallery, Kim Been

The Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo which coincided with President Park’s State Visit showcased contemporary Korean media art, K-pop, Korea’s premier garden designer and more.

Also featured were key Korean designers:

  • Kim Young-se (김영세) of Innodesign, whose designs reference the sleek black parallel lines of the trigrams in South Korea’s national flag, or the elegant curves of the yin-yang symbol at its centre. (www.innodesign.com)
  • UK-based designer Choi Min-kyu and his famous folding plug
  • Jewellery designer Park Eun-sook, whose work is based on the hangul alphabet
  • Kim Been’s dancheong-inspired work, and some of her hanji accessories
  • Fashion and accessories from RE:CODE, whose manufacturing philosophy is to create desirable products out of materials that are surplus from the military or industrial processes (www.re-code.co.kr)

For the younger audience, there were stalls which exhibited the many Korean animation characters such as Pucca and Pororo which prove so popular outside of Korea.

And tucked away in a little-visited part of the venue were some cosmetics and other fashion companies, one of the less-heralded aspects of the Korean export wave:

Cosmetics and other exporters show the variety of Korean innovation

Cosmetics and other exporters show the variety of Korean innovation

The Expo was organised and promoted by KOTRA.

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