Kingston School of Art and Royal School of Needlework collaborate with Hanbok Advancement Centre

The first stage of an innovative collaboration between the Hanbok Advancement Centre, Kingston School of Art and the Royal School of Needlework had its first public exhibition last week at Kingston University’s Stanley Picker Gallery. The collaboration was the brainchild of Justina Jang, who through Korean British Cultural Exchange shares Korean culture with London and […]

Hanbok-inspired fashion on show in Kingston University

An international project in which the Royal School of Needlework collaborated with the Korean Hanbok Advancement Centre, KBCE and Kingston University, has offered a unique opportunity for students to create exhibitable works which creatively reinterpreted elements of the traditional Korean dress (Hanbok) using both traditional and contemporary hand embroidery techniques. The finished pieces by Kingston […]

Nick Bonner’s Made in North Korea arrives in Seoul

The Korea JoongAng Daily has a nice feature on Nick Bonner’s collection of North Korean everyday graphic design. His collection was on show in London’s House of Illustration last year, and arrived at the Hongik Daehangno Art Center (Hyehwa subway) in December, where it will remain until early April. It is well worth a visit. […]

K-Beauty event featuring Q2HAN

Korean beauty products seem to be getting more of a foothold in the UK. Last year, the pop-up in Westfield and the meet & greet with youtuber Joan Kim; and this year starts with another session with a beauty youtube channel, hosted by UK online supplier of K-beauty products. Q2HAN x Skin Library K-Beauty Talk […]

Meet + Greet w/ beauty YouTuber Joan Kim

Inspire Me Korea is hosting Korean-American Youtuber Joan Kim’s first official London Meet & Greet for customers of Inspire Me Korea. Joan will be sharing all her beauty secrets with you during a Beauty Talk and Q&A, plus a meet & greet – where you’ll get the chance to chat to Joan and of course, […]

Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

A wide-ranging exhibition and events programme as part of Asian Art in London: Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Design Centre Chelsea Harbour | Lots Road | London SW10 0XE | www.dcch.co.uk 5 – 9 November, 9:30am to 5:30pm Full programme of events can be downloaded here A resurgence in the popularity of Asian […]

Exhibition visit: Nick Bonner’s Made in North Korea

When one thinks of North Korean graphic art, images of strident anti-American propaganda posters spring to mind. Fortunately, and in the current climate of reduced tension on the peninsula, the posters that greeted you in the first room of Nick Bonner’s exhibition at the House of Illustration focused less on stirring up national hatred against […]

K-Beauty pop-up store @Westfield White City

Get ready for the cold and dry weather with a wide range of Korean beauty products at q pop-up store at Westfield: K-beauty Pop-up Store Westfield London | Ariel Way | White City | London W12 7GF 29th October – 4th November 2018 More information: www.facebook.com/events/2122216008031956/ The pop-up store will be located on the ground […]

Korean designers at London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is coming up in the middle of September, with 100% Design at Olympia in West London and Tent London in the East End. I’ve only managed to identify one Korean designer at Olympia (and I hope someone in the UK decides to stock their brassware). But there are plenty at Tent […]

Interview with Rejina Pyo in Korea JoongAng Daily

There’s a nice feature on London-based designer Rejina Pyo in the Korea JoongAng Daily. Pyo’s work particularly caught our eye in the February 2014 London Fashion Week. Here’s a quote from the interview: I want to design clothes that my friends tell me are gorgeous, rather than the glamorous dresses that celebrities like to wear. […]

Korean designers at London Design Fair

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 […]

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

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 […]

The folding plug makes it on to the high street

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 […]