Nº 270

South Korea


Mar/Apr 2017

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Following Seoul’s nomination as World Design Capital in 2010, South Korean design has been increasingly prominent on the international scene. In South Korea itself, however, design has played a decisive role for considerably longer. As Yu-Nah Lee writes in her article “From Nowhere to Everywhere”: “The strong government initiative of design promotion goes back to the beginning of industrial design in South Korea in the late 1950s.”

Published on 16 February 2017

132 pages, German, English, € 16.90 (DE)

Contributors of this issue

Cheil

Daniel Hornuff

Kate Irvin

Yu-Nah Lee

Anja Neidhardt

Gabriele Oropallo

Post Seoul

Peter Schreyer

Julia Sommerfeld

Jörg Stürzebecher

Sulki and Min

Carl Friedrich Then

Julia Wolf

Rainer Zimmermann

Editorial team

Carolin Blöink

Susanne Heinlein

Stephan Ott

Franziska Porsch

Giovanna Reder

Sarah Schmitt

Jessica Sicking

Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Contributors of this issue

Editorial team

Anniversary contributions

60 Years of form
Revisiting the Past

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of form, a milestone that has prompted us to stop and take stock. In particular, we will be revisiting a specific article, reader’s letter, image, cover, etc. from each of the magazine’s six decades to date. In the late 1960s, an intense debate on functionalism was conducted in the pages of form. In the first of her three-part series on the theme of design ideologies, Gerda Müller-Krauspe attempted a differentiated view of functionalism in form 46 (1969). Reason enough to inquire into the state of functionalism today.

Revisit historical starting points

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More articles of the issue

Editorial

Text: Stephan Ott

It is always amazing how topical history can be or – seen from another perspective – how many unanswered historical questions reappear in topical issues. Neither trends, innovative technologies, new typologies, and sales strategies nor smart materials can disguise the fact that we are repeatedly preoccupied with a wide variety of issues.

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Filter:

Interwoven

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Weaving, in which at least two sets of threads are interlaced at a right angle to form a textile structure, is one of humanity’s most ancient handicrafts. Knitting, on the other hand, is a method of making a textile meshwork out of consecutive rows of interlocking loops of yarn. The oldest preserved knitted fabric dates back to the Early Middle Ages.

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Focus:

Graphic Seoul

Text: Sul-Ki Choi, Sung-Min Choi

Sul-Ki Choi and Sung-Min Choi are the duo behind the Seoul-based design studio Sulki and Min, which specialises primarily in graphic design for cultural institutions. Their work to date includes corporate identities, publications, and advertising for museums, galleries, publishers, foundations, and artists. Here, they give us an overview of the South Korean graphic design scene and offer insights into the relevance and characteristics of both established and up-and-coming designers and studios.

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Files:

Designgalerien
Beyond the Briefing

Text: Julia Sommerfeld

Translation: Iain Reynolds

The issue of where, how, and by whom design is exhibited and sold tells us much about the discipline’s condition, its self-image, and its status in society. In the past decade, we have seen a significant number of new galleries dedicated to contemporary design,

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Preview:

Danger

Text: Susanne Heinlein

From unpleasantness to catastrophe, life is full of smaller or larger threats, which, like our environment, are subject to constant change. Design can point out key solution approaches for risks on all levels – from safety precautions and education on proper conduct in crisis situations to damage control and learnings. In the development of products and systems, design can be crucial for ruling out risks from the outset.

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Cluster

Text: Carl Friedrich Then

Text: Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Text: Susanne Heinlein

Research

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Fairs

Text: Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, and competitions

Text: Yu-Nah Lee

Interview: Franziska Porsch

Interview: Stephan Ott, Jessica Sicking

Text: Carolin Blöink

Text: Sul-Ki Choi, Sung-Min Choi

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Text: Kate Irvin

Revisiting the Past 2/6

Text: Daniel Hornuff

Discourse

Text: Stephan Ott

Archive

Text: Gabriele Oropallo

Material

Text: Julia Wolf

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Text: Kate Irvin

Revisiting the Past 2/6

Text: Daniel Hornuff

Discourse

Text: Stephan Ott

Archive

Text: Gabriele Oropallo

Material

Text: Julia Wolf

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps

Cluster

Text: Carl Friedrich Then

Text: Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Text: Susanne Heinlein

Research

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Fairs

Text: Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, and competitions

Text: Yu-Nah Lee

Interview: Franziska Porsch

Interview: Stephan Ott, Jessica Sicking

Text: Carolin Blöink

Text: Sul-Ki Choi, Sung-Min Choi

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Text: Kate Irvin

Revisiting the Past 2/6

Text: Daniel Hornuff

Discourse

Text: Stephan Ott

Archive

Text: Gabriele Oropallo

Material

Text: Julia Wolf

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps