Kim Been

A fascinating pair of workshops at the V&A on Saturday introduced an audience of conservators to the making and dyeing of traditional Korean paper, and of some of its modern uses. The workshops were presented as part of the Adapt & Evolve Conference 2015 organised by the Book & Paper Group of the Institute of […]

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A look at some of the Korean design on show at 100% Design London 2014

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2014
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There may not be a Korean Pavilion at 100% Design London this year, but you don’t have to walk far from the central bar area of Earls Court 2 to find Korean designers. Just take one pace the other side of the bar and you come across Kim Been’s stall, Beeeen Company, with her range […]

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Friday Late at the V&A – a fun evening of cultural collision

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2014
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Are the British becoming more Korean? That was the rather silly thought that occurred to me as I walked round the energetic space of the V&A yesterday evening for the Korea Friday Late. What do I mean by that? Well, at every expo or festival in Korea the emphasis is on physical experience. You can’t […]

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Friday Late at the V&A: the final programme

by Events Editor 21 May 2014
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The Korean Friday Late at the V&A promises to be both lively and interesting. Details have been emerging over the last couple of weeks, and their press release at www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/friday-late/ is now final. Below is the text, expanded in places with LKL’s commentary in italics and images from our archives. Friday Late: Korea 30 May […]

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Expo visit: Korean design and cultural contents at KBEE

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2013
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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 […]

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Korean crafts abroad featured in the Korea Times

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2013
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It’s always nice when things you’ve seen in London get coverage in the English language press back in Korea. In May this year the Korea Craft & Design Foundation brought a number of Korean craftsmen to the Saatchi gallery, including master lacquer craftsman Chung Hae-cho. We heard at the time that the Victoria and Albert […]

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Based on the design talent at Goldsmiths, the future of Korea at 100% Design London is in safe hands

by Philip Gowman 25 September 2012
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One of the regular features in the London calendar is the London Design Festival, which this year ran from 14-23 September. Two big exhibitions form the cornerstones of the festival, at opposite ends of the Circle Line: 100% Design London at Earl’s Court, and Tent London at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. And given […]

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