Simplicity, tradition and a deep respect for all things natural–these are the essential elements of Korean design underpinning the nation’s fast-growing creative scene.
Influences from China, Japan and the West have filtered into Korea, but the peninsula has always maintained its own identity. Spatial, spiritual and material qualities are reflected in the simple beauty of its architecture, while classic objects with a Korean aesthetic are used with panache in interior decor.
This is the first book to document Korea’s architecture and design scene. Authors Marcia Iwatate and Kim Unsoo present 24 exceptional homes, studios and heritage projects. Ranging from vernacular to cutting-edge contemporary, these showcase the nation’s constant drive to invent and create.
About the Author:
Marcia Iwatate is one of the stars of the Japanese design and food industry. She has been involved in art direction and fashion advertising in Tokyo and New York, and has designed numerous restaurants in Tokyo and Seoul. She is currently principal partner of Marei Ltd and commutes between Seoul and Tokyo. Iwatate is the author of Japan Houses and co-author of the award-winning Shunju.
Kim Unsoo was born in Korea and educated in the United States. She has worked in the contemporary art field in both New York and Seoul. As director of Kukje Gallery in Seoul, she has organized exhibitions of the works of world-renowned artists such as Bill Viola, Anish Kapoor, and Richard Long. She lives in Seoul.
Lee Jongkeun is one of Korea’s foremost photographers of interiors, food, and products since establishing Apo Associates in 1995. He is active in the field of advertising and contributes regularly to design and lifestyle magazines. He is photo director for Marie Claire and Maison Marie Claire and publishes catalogues and books through his firm Guru Visual.
Clark E. Llewellyn has served as director of the School of Architecture at Montana State University since 1995. He maintains an award-winning practice and is on the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects. He visits Korea regularly and has contributed writings on Korean architecture.
Source: publisher’s website