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DESIGN
Interview: Jay Sae Jung Oh
The sculptural furnishings by Korea-born designer Jay Sae Jung Oh are stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful—a complicated, show-stopping mix of materials that references centuries-old weaving techniques and yet feels entirely unexpected. Made from discarded...
DESIGN
Bon Voyager
While exploring the many hubs at London Design Festival last month we came across "Bon-Voyager," a modest display of creative concept products by a select group of young Korean designers. Supported by Korea Design Membership, a government-run initiative...
STYLE
Gentlemonster
Vintage-inspired eyewear isn't a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, but Gentlemonster reworks the classics with an emphasis on innovation. Buddy Holly specs and brow line glasses take on a modern edge with sleek angles whereas changeable...
DESIGN
Snack Memos
As smartphones and tablets become more ubiquitous, actual notebooks and memo pads are beginning to seem less and less necessary. Outdone in the realm of convenience, Peco Mart has taken a more entertaining and eccentric approach. Upon first glance...
FOOD-DRINK
Debbie Lee's Seoultown Kitchen
Korean ingredients are popping up in the most unlikely of places. A few years ago a kimchee slider would have been a curiosity, but now in cities across the country bibimbap-inspired breakfast dishes and Korean flavor in comfort foods are taking...
STYLE
Haesu Kwon
Eschewing the idea that upcycling and luxury are mutually exclusive, recent Parsons grad Haesu Kwon blends traditional high-end wools with anomalous yarns for Space Queen, an ambitious thesis collection of striking sweaters, leggings, capes and...
STYLE
Poketo x Eco Party Mearry Bags
In celebration of the upcoming Earth Day, one of our favorite creative collaborators Poketo got together with South Korea-based non-profit Eco Party Mearry to create a selection of adorable, unique bags made from recycled material. Fashioned out...
FOOD-DRINK
The Salt
Cultivated in an island biosphere reserve off the Korean coast, The Salt, a natural solar sea salt, is the upshot of a UNESCO-protected area laden with ample tidal flats. With climate as one of the most important factors in sea salt production, the...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video Presents: How to Make Kim Chee
by Gregory MitnickFor this video we visited our friend Tim's grandma, Yu Um Chon, at her home in New York where she showed us how she makes Kim Chee. As one of dwindling numbers of Koreans who still make the spicy pickled staple themselves, she explained...
DESIGN
MoMA Design Store: Destination Seoul
We were lucky enough to attend the opening for the MoMA Design Store's new product collection, Destination Seoul, which highlights designers and products from South Korea. Buyers selected young, emerging Korean designers and their creations across...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video Presents: R-16
With hundreds of the best b-boys and b-girls representing 16 crews from 14 different countries, R-16, Seoul's second annual international breakdancing championship, is an unparalleled event. Episode 88 packs the two days of competitions into a kinetic...
TRAVEL
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Seoul, South Korea
Shot over the course of five days, in mostly the central, "old town" of Seoul, episode 87 is a tour of the streets and sights of the city. We visit an outdoor market called Nam Dae Mun, watch the changing of the guards ritual at Deoyksung Palace...
CULTURE
Artists, Art and Culture of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
It's not often that the flag of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) flies over London's Pall Mall, a few hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, but it was this week during a rare exhibit of North Korean artwork from the...
CULTURE
Cheol Yu Kim
Cheol Yu Kim (above) is a Korean artist who's work is currently being shown at the CUE Art Foundation . His drawings and watercolors combine incredible skill with abstracted imagery of flying and swimming things. The work is hieroglyphic in style...