This year’s theme “Living with Nature” is completely in sync with the rising social consciousness about ecology and the environment; a theme whose message carries more and more urgency as time goes by. There was an abundance of natural materials and textures at the fair, with an interesting mix of the modern and traditional, the digital with the analogue.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are the photos:
The exhibition halls and displays conveyed the nature theme throughout:
Naturally, there were many gardening related booths and displays:
“Happy Table”, a section dedicated to tableware. Ceramics and porcelain made up for most of the products.
There were also many colorful and whimsical displays and products:
With only a few exceptions, the products on display are available for sale and order. I did purchase two large noodle bowls, but had to refrain from buying everything that caught my fancy. In hindsight, I wish I had gotten a couple of the miniature horses and the dolls from Yeogi Damgi. (Don’t have any space for new furniture!)
One of the most memorable things about this fair was the Habitat for Humanity booth. They had set up a donation box to aid Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, and also a tent pod in which people wrote and hung up words of encouragement. It was a reminder that “living” comes before “design”, and is truly meaningful when we are all living together.
Besides the exhibits, the fair also holds seminars and workshops for which you can register in advance; something good to know for the next time.
Seoul Living Design Fair official site