Designer Profile: Kyungsik Kim Principal of Studio EON

Name: Kyungsik Kim

Company: Studio EON

Position within company: Principal


Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)

I studied architecture from MIT Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, holding the Master of Architecture. Before I founded Studio EON, I have worked from several offices including Adjaye Associates(NY), SOM(NY), Diller Scofidio+Renfro(NY), Ateliers Jean Nouvel(Paris), William O’Brien Jr.(MA), and Mass Studies(Seoul).

How would you describe your personal design style?
As our office name EON signifies, which means one billion years, I personally pursue designs that deliver its meanings in a timeless manner, not following a specific trends of the time.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Although design inspiration comes from everyday life, I am often inspired by great works from other disciplines including sculpture, painting, furniture, etc.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
In an architecture field particularly, I see materiality driven projects are being appreciated more than ever, which results in richer projects.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Materiality, Sustainability, Resilience, Locality, and Society

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Please consider whether it benefits, functionally and/or aesthetically, broader audiences.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The International Design & Architecture Awards is giving a valuable opportunity to be reviewed and evaluated both by professionals and general public, which makes a great asset to design firms.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on single family housing projects.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
I would like to complete designing of my current projects as I keep developing and experimenting on what our office pursues in general.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession? Keyboard

Your favourite holiday destination? Seoul

Your favourite book, film & song? Tree of life

Your favourite food and drink? Sushi

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?  Walking

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

Studio EON have been shortlisted for Residential Architectural Property Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards.

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