Much like how the South Korean cultural phenomenon has been making waves around the globe, the Korean design scene has also rapidly evolved, boasting an energetic vibrancy with various noteworthy designers reinterpreting traditional crafts with contemporary designs.
These designers are making waves both locally and abroad; here, we highlight some of the names to know, below.
1. Teo Yang
With a discerning eye for marrying the old and the new, award-winning interior designer Teo Yang has created a reputable name for himself. The designer, who helms his namesake design studio based in Seoul, often mixes elements of Korean traditions into his contemporary designs. His notable portfolio includes revamping a gallery in the Korean Gyeongju National Museum, designing the Korean Cultural Center in China, as well as a karaoke lounge in Los Angeles for major K-pop label SM Entertainment.
Beyond interiors, the multitalented designer is also in a range of fields; this includes designing for British wallpaper house de Gournay and Italian luxury fashion house Fendi, while collaborating with Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin. The dashing designer has also launched his own skincare line, EATH Library.