All posts filed under: Design & Living

VULCAN: the world’s largest 3D-printed pavilion

As China was designed as the design capital (now THAT is a lame pun) in 2011 by the UNESCO, there is no wonder why innovation in that sphere came from there. In the Beijing Design Week (BJDW) 2015 which held from September 23th to October 7th, visitors could observe the VULCAN pavillion, the largest building made entirely out of 3D-printers by LCD (Laboratory for Creative Design). This technology is based upon the principle of material superposition, which is different from the usual subtraction (drilling) or deformation (molding). Plus, this system enables the user to get rid of the assemble or correcting design flaws steps (at least for small-sized objects). With its 1086 different units, going up to eight meters long, and its height almost reaching three meters, the pavillion entered the Guinness book for its size. It took 30 days and 20 printers to make the pieces and 12 days and 15 men to put them together. Its name, « VULCAN », comes from the latin word for « volcano ». In fact, the pavillion gets its shape after the …


Singgih Susilo Kartono is a Balinese designer who founded Magno, an auto-editor brand specialized in small daily use objects made with high quality craftsmanship. Born and raised in Kandangan village in Central Java, Indonesia; he studied design overseas but decided to come back to his roots and try to improve the quality of life of his peers with the knowledge he gained. He then created Magno, his own design brand. « Magno » stands for « magnify » and « G » was added to its logo because Singgih thinks it is an interesting shape by its sculptural aspect. Therefore, Magno is more than a brand, it’s a way of thinking, looking through a magnifying glass that allows you to see the details and appreciate their beauty. Singgih believes that the customer should cultivate a strong relationship with the objects he possesses as they are part of his life. He is fighting against the consumption behavior that our society has created. That’s the reason why he has turned towards natural materials to create his products, …

Jeonghwa Seo ‘Material Container’

After his graduation in Metal and Art Design at Hongik University (Seoul) in 2007, Jeonghwa Seo passes a Master of Design  in the Design Academy Eindhoven, in Netherlands. He now lives and works in Seoul. In his creations,  Jeonghwa Seo focuses on  quality and texture of materials, often resulting in a  mix between sculpture and design. In that sense, ‘Material Container’, designed in 2013, is a collection where the creative process has the same importance as the final production itself. Those creations have a story to tell as each object is individualy made out of two diferent materials, both chosen for their textures and harmony when reunited together. . Jeonghwa Seo’s artworks and this collection are to be discovered  during the exhibition “Korea now” in “Musée des Arts décoratifs” in Paris from the 19th of September 2015 to the 7th of February 2016. Marine Loiseau

Korea Now! Craft, Design, Fashion and Graphic Design in Korea

As part of the French-Korean year that celebrates the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs of Paris highlights South Korean’s design and craftsmanship with its exhibition Korea Now! Craft, Design, Fashion and Graphic Design in Korea. The exhibition brings together more than 150 Korean artists and artisans and displays around 400 different works on five different levels. Visitors will discover traditional and contemporary Korean fashion in a warm lighting atmosphere that keep us thrilled. Among the designers displayed for the occasion, we can name André Kim, Lee Young Hee,  Sul Yoon-Hyung and the rising talent Junn J. Walking around the exhibition is also an opportunity to discover Korean culture by immersing into different types of arts. Korean graphic design is particularly well introduced here and one can admire a mastered and aesthetic use of the Hangul, official Korean alphabet, by Ahn Sang-soo and Kim Bo-Huy. The public will dig into an eclectic mix of styles, tastes and creations and find out about the roots and evolutions of this …


Kim Do-Hyung is the name behind Grayoval. Working halfway between contemporary art and graphic design, the Korean artist has always been fascinated with the notions ‘grey’ and ‘oval’. Kim Do-Hyung got first interested in graphic design as he saw in it a power to communicate clear messages. Influenced by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke or Raymond Hains, the Korean’s work offers another vision of graphic design, making it evolve. The majority of his clients come from the cultural and fashion scenes as for him, it is necessary to keep a form of creativity. For the Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook of the Korean brand Cy Choi, Kim Do-Hyung offered a cross-disciplinary approach of graphic design. The use of paper, Rhodoid, tape and photocopy makes the reading more difficult but more meaningful at the same time. The clothing, which should be the main element of the lookbook, is put backward so the fabrics and design process are enhanced. The diversion is a recurrent practice in Do-Hyung’s work. Attached to design posters with popular characters, the Korean artist will use, …

Seoul, the new Tokyo?

The 80s have been Tokyo’s golden age. Japan’s economy was the second largest in the world; the price per square meter reached $100,000 in Ginza. Tokyo became a global city catching the world’s attention and exporting its pop culture all over the world. Two decades of decline later, Tokyo has been surpassed by another East Asian city. The rise of Seoul South Korea was considered as the 3rd poorest country in the world in the 1950s.Yet, the Land of the Morning Calm is now part of the richest countries in the world. The outstanding economic development of South Korea, known as ‘the miracle on the Han River‘, has transformed Seoul into a global city, a business hub, a center of cultural creation and an avant-gardist high-tech place. Seoul was almost entirely during the Korean War and many of its inhabitants faced extreme poverty situations. In the afterwards of the war, the city went through a fast-paced development. The population of the city was increasing dramatically, from 2,4 million people in 1960 to 10,7 million people …

BENTU – Recycling Lamps

Questioning the current designing processes, Chinese industrial designers BENTU have tried to reduce wastage along all parts of the chain whilst improving people’s quality of life. Construction waste in China now makes up 30 to 40% of all waste in cities. It takes a lot of space in the landscape and pollutes the local soil. Taking into account these data, BENTU has created the Recycling Lamps, a series of lamps and planters with different shapes.

Bizarre Food #3 / China

Did the most bizarre food from South Korea and Vietnam opened your appetite? Well, that is just the beginning. Buckle up, we’re going in China today! 1. Fried duck tongue Chinese eat almost everything in the duck: its neck, tripes, skin and more appropriately, its meat; but one of their favorite parts of the animal is its tongue. Once it has been fried, it is crunchy outside and then slowly melts in the mouth. Oh, and it looks like a jumbo shrimp! 2. Shark fin soup A luxury dish in China, this soup is very expensive and is supposed to increase your life expectancy. For many, the price is more ecological as it partly contributes to sharks extinction. 3. Sea cucumber Weirdest cucumber ever. This one is alive, thorny and has tentacles. And yet, Chinese people love it. They even eat 40,000 tons a year! Who said blood sausage did not look appealing? 4. Chicken feet Eaten as a snack, the chicken feet is fried until it becomes golden. What else can beat bones and skin during your mid-afternoon …

Yi Mi Xiaoxin

Yi Mi Xiaoxin is a Chinese graphic designer who founded Shenzhen PURE Design Studio in 2013. The studio especially works with clients from the southern metropolis and has a wide range of services, from simple ‘hongbao’ (red envelope) branding to designing brand’s identity, revealing each time a bit more the new face of Chinese graphic design. The rice branding project called xiaotuanyuan is a playful take on rice branding with hand-drawn elements and use of bold colours. Each box represents different types of rice according to their own region. To reflect the differences, Yi Mi Xiaoxin has drawn elements from each of the regions which feature prominently on the packaging. By Elliot Richards

Songjiang Art Campus – Archi-Union

Chinese architects from Archi-Union have revealed their new project: the Songjiang Art Campus in the new suburb of Shanghai. In charge of designing both a new urban space and a cultural hub close to the local university, Archi-Union focused on creating something respectful of pedestrians, nature and of the surrounding neighborhoods. Finding the right balance between architecture and landscape was the starting point for them. All along the buildings you can find greek parks that bring in the local river. The buildings had to be finished on a tight budget, which led to using bricks throughout the project. A pressure that finally turned into an advantage.