Gallery SEOMI showcases a collection of significant contemporary design pieces by Korean designers, and specially commissions limited- edition design objects for each show. Gallery SEOMI presents the originality of modern Korean aesthetics and craftsmanship reinterpreted through a modern perspective.
The gallery introduces designers whose work establishes a new visual vocabulary by combining venerated Korean aesthetic traditions, iconography and ways of creating with contemporary ideas and forms -all based on a philosophy of living. Meticulously handmade works illuminate and redefine the cultural history of Korean post-modernism. The collection presents refined objects of various media made through interesting processes and technology, balancing fine aesthetics with practicality, while extending and reinterpreting the boundaries between design and art.
The exquisite masterpieces of the designers attempt to reflect the notion of modern beauty that is embedded in Korean culture. They engage in the streams of naturalism and minimalism of the culture with their original ideas, new technology and exhaustive processes. These works become metaphoric representations of Korean aesthetics as they maximize materiality of objects and create forms and structures that are simple and concise. They imbue a new aesthetic notion and the sense of fine arts into furniture, which used to be merely an everyday convenience. SEOMI presents an original and unique world of design, crossing over the boundaries of craft and design, design and art. SEOMI meditates on traditional techniques and ideas, reinterpreting traditional context with contemporary concepts; and exhibits a new visual language of Korean design.