"I met Paik Sun Kim, Korean architect and designer, on occasion of his personal exhibit at Hakgojae Gallery in Seoul, for which we have realized the prototype of one of his faucet projects. I had therefore the possibility to delve into his work and I literally fell in love with the lightness and poetry running through his architecture. Paik Sun Kim studied oriental painting at university and as a matter of fact painting is the driving strength in his projects lightly outlined, but with an assertive touch, including lots of white and black brush strokes. His architecture, as well as his objects creations, are a harmonious synthesis of oriental philosophy and modern aesthetic, of art and nature.
Among his most interesting projects one can find the Lotte World Tower Signiel Residence Club, a space where the competent use of materials - stone, wood, fabric - and the furniture fittings linearity achieve a perfect composition balance; the poetic outfitting made of natural materials created inside the Korean dining Noodles space for the Seoul Design Festival; the T Lound Lounge Bar in Seoul where glass and mirror, truly the main elements in this project, create magic refraction effects.
We were therefore very glad to cooperate with him, starting a collaboration that we feel will be long-lasting and of which we are now presenting the result, the product developed starting from that first prototype, a project that has fascinated us for his essentiality, purity and modernity.
We shared this project with Roberto Gavazzi and today becomes part of Aboutwater, the collection created by Fantini partnership with Boffi."
PAIK SUN KIM
Paik Sun Kim was born in Mokpo in 1966 and studied Art at Hongik University. After graduation, he worked as a fine artist and installation artist for many years. In 1992, he changed his career to become a spacial designer and started working at an architectural firm.
In 1994, he established Paik Sun Design Studio. Paik Sun Design Studio mainly worked on interior design of hotels, art museums, private houses, exhibition halls, offices, etc. The most recent projects are the Community Space in Lotte World Tower (123rd floor) in Seoul, interior design and lighting plan of Residence (42-72F), and the residential interior of Mumbai.
Paik Sun Kim has produced a lot of works as an art director and typical examples include the Icheon World Ceramics Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale Theme Hall, Jeonju Onn, and exhibitions at Gyeongbok Palace, which collaborated with Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea. Since he started furniture design in 2007, he has been active as a product designer, and in 2016, he collaborated with Fantini, Promemoria, and Porro. While he works on the projects, he is eager to produce designs in all areas such as architecture, furniture, bathroom, product design, drawing, and graphic.
Gyungbokgung, Seoul, Korea
|KOREAN DINING NOODLES
Seoul Design Festival - Seoul, Korea
|LOTTE WORLD TOWER SIGNIEL
RESIDENCE CLUB Community Space
Sincheon-dong, Seoul, Korea
Lounge Bar - Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, Korea