Meet the Maker: Suji Kim, KoiKoi
Hi Suji Kim, tell us about your discipline and where you are based?
I am Suji Kim and I live and work in Seoul, South Korea.
I studied textile design at Central Saint Martins. After graduating in 2017 I started a lifestyle brand labelled Koikoi.
What's your pelican story - what inspired you to start making?
I usually get inspiration from things that I see in my daily life, such as a vase on a table, a dog lying on a sofa or colourful laundry hanging on washing lines.
As a maker, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line?
Before making a new piece, the most agonising thing is how to find something special in everyday life and reinterpret it.
People feel differently and express things differently, even though they see the same object in the same space. So I’m most concerned about how to reinterpret everyday materials maintaining Koikoi’s overall concept and colour palettes.
Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?
As a brand that I have just started, I will participate in various exhibitions in Korea, London, Tokyo, Paris, etc. and introduce my brand. After that, I want to be involved in collaborations with various studios or brands.
What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?
Great design is not only fictional but also aesthetic.
Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?
My favourite city is London. Although it was hard to be alone without family and friends, it is the most familiar city after Seoul and it now feels like a second home. I was inspired a lot while studying in London and I think it was a time to get to know what my work style is, what design I like. I really miss the time I spent at Uni.
Can’t live without…
Well, it is a really boring and obvious answer, but I can't live without my family. They are my best friends. They know about me the most and really trust and support me with all their heart. I'd be so sad without them.
Should live without…
I should probably live without my phone. I don't seem to have enough time to look around because I'm looking for something on my cell phone every time I travel. Also, I’m often interrupted by text messages and phone calls when I work or concentrate on something. It would be great not to be interrupted by my phone even for a few days.
Any final words?
Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to feature on your journal.
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