Loving this shot from my editorial for Galleria's, one of the main luxury departments stores in Seoul, magazine April issue. Proves that this lacy Celine dress works well in both ways, here I am actually wearing it backwards.
The emptiness (nevermind the tourists), mountains, exquisite paintings and details on buildings - Gyeongbokgung Palace is quite magical, even a bit mystical place. More than enough to explore for 2€ (!) ticket price,
I really like the balance between traditional buildings (hanoks), tea houses, Korean restaurants and new hip coffee shops, craft beer joints, flower stores, ateliers and contemporary art galleries. Perfect for spending a whole day just strolling around and occasionally making stops at some of the many cafes.
I have to end my 45 Days in Seoul series because my 45 days are up and I am still here - decided to stay for a month longer. Clearly I haven't had enough time to fully discover this huge and diverse city yet.
Today was my first time in Myeong Dong - one of the primary shopping districts, favourite of Chinese tourists. Well, when I arrived in the middle of bustling shopping street, the first thing I did was start looking for a nice quiet coffee shop which I quickly found with a help of Foursquare.
Very spacious cafe on three floors, of which last one has an outdoor terrace overlooking the street. Felt like white-washed oasis with plants in the middle of hectic shopping paradise.
There weren't many people which here doesn't mean that the place isn't any good. There are always simply too many coffee shops on the same street. (Fun fact - Seoul has the most Starbucks stores per city in the world, 284 locations in total, followed closely by new York)
It was about the time to change the fact that I only have black leather handbags - bright green is definitely a step forward. I was instantly takes by the old-fashioned shape and silly embroidery.
Another reason I decided to purchase the bag is that I hadn't seen anything like that before here. When you go shopping in Seoul, you quickly realise that most of the trendy Korean fashion stores sell exactly the same stuff with slightly different prices. And most of if probably comes from the same wholesale markets in Dongdaemun area. There are huge marketplaces where anyone can go and buy tons of dirt cheap made-in-china clothing and brand knock-offs of any kind.
The label inside the bags says Kiitos Life but unfortunately I wasn't able to find their website/social media.
Goes equally well with coffee as with steamed dumplings.
/wearing: bag - Kiitos Life, blazer - Helmut Lang, pants - Zara, shoes - Puma X Hussein Chalayan/
I don't know if it was they exhibited many works by Northen Europe designers, but Daelim Museum had very Scandinavian feel to it. Museum Café even served coffee and cakes on Iittala tableware, no secret that I am already rather homesick so I enjoyed it a lot!
Their current exhibition Color Your Life introduces the processes by which color combines with creative designs of diverse materials to produce new objects that transform our everyday lives. It was a feast for the eyes! especially the furniture and interior design part.
COLOR IS EVERYWHERE:color-themed photographs of six artists creating a journey of rediscovery through colors found in the people, food, scenery and objects around us, re-illuminating the hidden aesthetic value in everyday life.
'COLOR MEETS MATERIAL' offers experience of the chromatic textures produced when color meets glass, fabric, leather, metal and other materials with distinct properties of their own.
COLOR CHALLENGES DESIGN demonstrates some of the creative new directions in which seven international contemporary furniture designers -Morten & Jonas, Bethan Laura Wood, Nika Zupanc, Fredrik Paulsen, Anton Alvarez, Hilda Hellström, Lex Pott- are taking color.
Bethan Laura Wood
Tiles by Hilda Hellström
COLOR PAINTS SPACE introduces 2016 color trends in collaboration with eco-friendly paint brand Dulux, which has announced annual color trends for the past 10 years.
I was so excited when I saw some curious black eggs at a supermarket, like a kid in a candy shop. And yes, I only bought them because I thought they look good.
Later did some research at home and found out those are smoked eggs coated with charcoal to keep the eggs moisturised. The taste wasn't anything particularly special (kind of like smoked cheese), but still good enough to eat without butter and salt which I usually can't skip when eating regular boiled eggs.
It's no secret that Samsung owns almost everything in Korea, even art. And they do it well! Leuum is so far my favourite art museum in Seoul, already planning another visit, because one hour last time wasn't clearly enough.
Samsung Museum of Art: Leeum, consists of three buildings, one for traditional Korean art, the other one for international contemporary art and third for educational centre. The three buildings of Leeum were respectively created by three of the most renowned architects of our time—Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas
I usually don't rent an audio guides at museums but at Leeum it's highly recommended. First, there's not much information written next to artworks and secondly because the audio guides there are particularly high-tech Samsung devices that automatically recognise which painting you're looking at.
And the best? Sculptures by Anish Kapoor and Alexander Calder outside the museum are on view for free.
I started looking at my photos from the past months and found these of Sankeien Garden in Yokohama, 30 minutes away from Tokyo. Probably one of my favourite gardens I visited in Japan, almost as amazing as Kyoto, only closer to Tokyo... Definitely a must-visit in Yokohama.