Sukkyung Yun

07.26 2016 INTERVIEW DATE

verythings, lifestyle creator

Oksu-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

For the modern day people that are fond of nature but still choose to live in the city, Sukkyung Yun narrates our surrounding nature under the theme ‘urban nature.’ The nature she suggests isn’t always pretty. Her sensuous presentations can be bizarre or decadent or even depressing. Here we introduce ‘verythings studio,’ where it seeks to propose a new perspective on nature.

Yoojin Jung

First of all, please tell us what ‘verythings’ does.

We’re all nostalgic for nature but it’s not easy to leave the city. Most of us choose to stay no matter how much we appreciate it. And I work for those people. In the beginning I wanted to suggest that there’s always different ways to approach nature. For some nature can be frightening while for others wondrous. And when we talk about it, many tend to think of the Mother Nature, like the earth and the glacier. And strangely so, I think there’s a common thought that ‘nature is nice and pretty’ among Koreans. Under the theme ‘urban nature,’ verythings talks about the everyday nature around us and in our neighborhoods. We take the wide spectrum of our nature and sculpt it into interesting contents and illustrate those into a space or work on collaborative projects that are themed on nature. And we try to visually attract people and arouse their curiosities. At first, when I brought up my ideas, everyone assumed I was engaged with vegetarian or conservationist related activities.(laugh)

Combining plants with space, design and brand is trending now but we see that verythings focuses differently.

Nature is in fact, everywhere. And looking at it with a different perspective isn’t a grand thing. We focus on how to combine nature with fashion, food, space and brands. We look at nature the same way we look at fashion, music, food, politics, economy and society. We don’t think it’s different from any of those. We at verythings are against looking at plants as something merely ‘green.’ Plants can sometimes be sexy or bizarre. We also want to think about the meaning of a dead plant. Back in 2013, when we talked about ‘urban nature,’ the close nature around us, the majority asked what it meant. People had no idea what it was and it was pretty hard for us, and we could’ve just given up. But there’s a lot more understanding now which is very encouraging.

Could you elaborate on your motto ‘urban utopia living?’

Nature is fundamental. It’s not an overnight interest—it’s a natural thing. I mean, it’s something we are naturally drawn to because of our homing instincts. A ‘well-life’ centered around nature doesn’t necessarily have to be located elsewhere—it can always exist within cities and help you to lead a utopian life.

So does this place double as your office and showroom?

Yes, you can say that. Actually, during my initial planning, I had to make a kitchen space due to the fun memory I had during my studies in London, where I’ve always had friends over to hang out and cook. That’s why there’s a small kitchen at our studio. The two major elements when arranging this place were the faucet area where we water and take care of our plants and the small kitchen where we all cook. And since we’re located within a residential area, we’ve also been craving to sell coffee to our neighbors. But we’ve been too busy to even cook for ourselves. Nonetheless, we aim to do it no matter what around spring time. We’re thinking of introducing organic dish like nature drinks and casual salads.

 

What triggered you to settle in Oksu-dong?

With a firm plan, I registered for business and immediately needed a place to work. I started off at a small house in Yangjae-dong but the landlord asked me to leave shortly after. Stylist Hyeongjun Park located below our studio introduced me to Oksu-dong.

We were told this place used to be a sewing machine factory.

Yes, for about a decade. The place was divided into three spaces but there was piled up fabric everywhere so it was hard to get a good look at it. I could barely picture the whole layout. I knew fixing it up would be tough but I had no choice but to take it since I had to leave my old place immediately. The first job was to make large circular holes on the partitioning walls that suffocated the whole place. I wanted each of the divided spaces feel like they were all connected. And as the workers drilled through an outer wall to create a window, the small park in the distance magically came to view. Above all, we’re all very much enjoying the rich sunlight that penetrates through it. The air that comes through that window, I think, links itself through the holes on the walls and creates a certain flow within this space. The wall that hasn’t been finished with its painting is left that way because a friend of mine suggested it, thinking it was nice as it is.

 

The floor is very interesting.

I’m very fond of designer Dieter Ram’s simple structures and his unique mixturing, and one day I came across a picture of his house that had a tiled floor which was quite inspiring. I couldn’t find tiles of the size that I wanted out in the market so I cut every piece of squared tile in half so I got rectangular tiles, which I lined up according to the long section of the space. 

How do you plan to blend the nature verythings seeks with lifestyle?

There are about 300 greenhouses across the country and I think those greenhouses can be one of the best spots to go out on a date in winter. And I’d love to change those into a more sensuous place. I’d also like to take part in improving many of the gardens and plant-related places around the country. In the meantime, we plan to open a flower market in April. It’s going to be a mix of flowers, plants with lifestyle elements and we expect it to be a fun, cultural market.