Currently one of world’s leading industrial nations, South Korea produces an enormous amount of consumer goods. Korea Power is the first comprehensive collection of contemporary Korean product and graphic design.
This book aims to document the “Korean identity” that has been formed as the country has become a modern state in the aftermath of the fall of the Josean Dynasty, its occupation by the Japanese, and the Korean War. To this end, Korea Power includes images that the legendary Korean advertising photographer Kim Han-Yong shot in the years of reconstruction following the war.
South Korea’s rapid rise to an economic superpower almost swept away all traces of a traditional lifestyle. Today, however, the cultural values of Korea’s past are again becoming more influential. Many Korean designers now have a new sensibility for their culture’s traditional definition of beauty. They are also defining an original, distinctly Korean elegance. This new development is represented in the book by work from the Culture Keepers, for example. Their designs for practical furniture and table settings are inspired by the aesthetics of the past, yet are ideally suited to meet the needs of our modern lives.
This book is the official catalog for the exhibition "Korea Power. Design and Identity"
at Frankfurt's Museum Angewandte Kunst
curated by Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp and Hehn-Chu Ahn.