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Am I the only one confused about the branding of the design shows held in London at the end of September, and dismayed at the uselessness of their web designers? The branders seem to have decided that bunch of shows that have been around for a while should be gathered together under the heading of […]

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Korean designers at London Fashion Week and Int’l Fashion Showcase

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2017
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Once again there was strong Korean representation at London Fashion Week. As at previous events, Eudon Choi and Jackie JS Lee had catwalk shows, and this time they were joined by Korean-Canadian Edeline Lee. All three were represented in the Designer Showrooms, along with J.Won, Moon Lee Artwear, shoe designer Kim Kwang and the Korean-New […]

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Event news: an introduction to Korean beauty tips and products

by Events Editor 4 December 2016
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I’ve always wondered what benefits snail secretion filtrate brings to your daily cosmetic regime. I’m hoping to find out this week. As always, registration is necessary for this event, and note that the RSVP is to the embassy, not the KCC. Discover Korea Event: K-Beauty matters Introduction of Korean beauty tips and products 8 December 18:30 […]

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The folding plug makes it on to the high street

by Philip Gowman 29 November 2016
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Seen in Maplins Canary Wharf branch yestserday: The electrical and gadget retailer is stocking the folding plug designed by Choi Min-kyu. Fantastic news that the product has made it onto the high street. We first noticed the idea back in 2009, and saw the next iteration in 2013. Looking at the elegant USB chargers I […]

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Event news: Korean Cultural Day(s) at New Malden Methodist Church

by Events Editor 22 October 2016
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It was nice of someone to post this in the LKL Facebook group yesterday. Too late to provide much advance notice, but I’m posting it now for the archives. I hadn’t heard of the Association of Korean Communities in the UK before. This sort of event used to be sponsored by an organisation called the […]

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Biennale visit: Korea’s contemporary vision of Utopia

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2016
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At the heart of Korea’s contribution to London’s first design biennale is a digital rendering of Ahn Gyeong’s famous realisation of a visionary dream described by his patron, Prince Anpyeong, a son of King Sejong the Great. On the left of the image, in place of the calligraphic colophon provided by Prince Anpyeong himself is […]

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Korean designers at 100% Design and Tent London

by Events Editor 24 September 2016
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The early autumn season seems to be getting busier and busier. More and more things to do, and no more hours to do them in. So this year, I’m not visiting the design shows at Olympia and Brick Lane. For the record though, here are the Korean designers showing at the Truman Brewery. I’d like […]

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Event news: South Korea at London Design Biennale 2016

by Events Editor 8 September 2016
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The first London Design Biennale opened yesterday at Somerset House with over 30 countries and territories participating. Nations from six continents present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. South Korea is present with a project which explores the famous 1447 AD painting by An Gyeong, Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom […]

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Exhibition news: Existing City/New Resource, at the KCC

by Events Editor 3 June 2016
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Notice of a summer architecture exhibition at the KCC Existing City/New Resource KCCUK, 20 June – 16 July The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is proud to present an exhibition entitled Existing City / New Resource from 20 June – 16 July 2016 at the KCCUK. The pop-up version of this exhibition, which accompanied the […]

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Event news: Architecture Arttalk at the KCC, 2 June

by Events Editor 22 May 2016
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The next of the KCC’s Arttalks coincides with the London Festival of Architecture, which runs from 1–30 June: ARTTALK: Architecture and the Evolving “COMMONS” – London and Seoul In collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture and Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 Thursday 2 June 2016 KCCUK, 16.00–20.00 Please RSVP to: info@KCCUK.org.uk / […]

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“How Korea became fashion’s new fraternity”

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2016
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Tonight’s Evening Standard page 27. I know I’m going to sound my age here but anyway… Dara from 2NE1 (right) looks fine. But would any of you turn up to an event looking like G-Dragon (Big Bang) or CL (2NE1)? If anyone’s interested in reading it, it’s a brief puff piece on how Koreans are […]

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Exhibition news: Print Matters — KCCUK’s contribution to London Fashion Week

by Events Editor 27 January 2016
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As in previous years, the KCCUK is hosting an exhibition that coincides with London Fashion Week and the International Fashion Showcase: Print Matters 15 February 2016 – 24 March 2016 Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Free Admission Private View: 15 February, 18:30-20:30pm ‘Brand Korea’ – Panel Discussion. 22nd February […]

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Event news: Fashion Korea Pop-up Store

by Events Editor 19 November 2015
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Your chance to pick up some Korean fashion at bargain prices. A few familiar names here from the London Fashion Week catwalks. Fashion Korea Pop-Up Store / Showcase Date : 20th Nov – 25th Nov 2015 Location : 22 Calvert Avenue | London E2 7JP | calvert22.org | [Map] Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 17:00 […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean craft and design at Tent London 2015

by Philip Gowman 21 October 2015
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LKL always tries to do a quick visit to Tent London to see what Korean designers are up to. It’s much more difficult to plan that 100% Design the other end of town as the website is not as helpful in displaying the exhibitors. So it’s a question of turning up, picking up the newspaper-style […]

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Event news: Korean design at 100% Design London 2015

by Events Editor 26 September 2015
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LKL probably won’t make it to 100% Design this year – too much else in the diary – but for the record here are the exhibitors with Korean connections: 100% Design London 2015 23 – 26 Sept 2015 Olympia London www.100percentdesign.co.uk Studio EJ www.studio-ej.com | Stand number EB761 Studio EJ is a design studio based […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean crafts at Collect 2015

by Philip Gowman 18 May 2015
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Once again one of the featured craftsmen at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation stall at Collect 2015 was lacquerware artist Chung Haecho, who on his first appearance in 2013 had work collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum, and whose work greeted you first as you approached the stall. But this year it was […]

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Seahyun Lee in Ferragamo collaboration

by Philip Gowman 7 May 2015
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Congratulations to Seahyun Lee, who has regularly exhibited in the UK, on his collaboration with fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, which was launched today. His trademark Between Red series is appearing on silk squares, scarves and other designer items – also available in colours other than red. But they’re only available in Korea.

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