What were the standards of selecting your new furnitures?
I wanted those design classics such as the iconic ‘Tulip Table’ by Eero Saarinen, which is easily recognizable. I discarded ones that were too uniquely designed or vibrant in color. Last time I chose our bed, I wanted an element that would highlight the room so I picked one with a green headboard, only to find out later that it didn’t quite blend with other furnitures. Now we only use mattresses without a headboard. And I knew I’d feel uneasy with everything so new and shiny so I mixed vintage furnitures in between so they could create a nice harmony. For instance, the dining table is new but the chairs are all vintage.
Was there anyone you seeked advice for your selections?
The owner of the famous cafe ‘MK2’ in Seochon, Jongmyeong Lee, helped me tremendously. I still go there often due to the short distance and not only does he give me advice on furnitures, he also tells me lots of stories on designers along with the history of design so I get to learn a lot from him. Thanks to his tutorials, I found out that the Bofinger chairs from the dining room were the very first chair to be produced from a mold. He also taught me ‘Dieter Ram’s Ten Principle of Design’ which I fell in love and made a print to put it up on my kitchen wall. The glass lighting above our table was purchased at MK2 and Mr.Lee commented, ‘This part of the space is now entirely hers(lighting),’ and I was fascinated. I loved how he gave meanings to every product and his new point of view when he mentioned lightings are the first stages of decorating a space while others say it’s the last. Actually, I feel a certain attachment to it because it kind of reminds me of myself. When you turn it on at night it’s amazingly beautiful. But for some reason it doesn’t look as nice in pictures. I feel bad about it because it feels like it’s being underrated.(laugh) Only my family knows its true value.