Forget the Namsan tower as the symbol for Seoul, a better one would be the metal water cups. They are something that unite every Korean. No matter if you walk into a fancy barbeque place in Gangnam or a small soup joint in the suburbs you will drink water from these cups. As they are made of stainless steel they can withstand rough treatment and are often stored in sanitary cupboards in the corner of restaurants. Before you are served your food, get up from your table and head over to the cups, and fill them up with water for your friends.
Seoul is changing radpily. It is a city that is looking toward the future, not the past. Older buildings are replaced with shiny new ones. Storefronts change by the month. Seoul is in a rush to renew itself and the inhabitants are experts at making the city spin faster and faster. That is why All Day Swimming exists. Their philosophy is to slow down the pace a notch. Mimi and Heymi graduated from art school a couple of years ago and decided to set up their own studio. Which has already been praised by the likes of Vogue Japan. Some of their products include lamps made of the old houses demolished in the city center. This box includes a scented candle that is cast from the shape of a rock found in one of the water streams in the city. It is handmade in their studio and contains strictly organic ingredients. Scented with Ylang-Ylang.
Stickers are huge in Korea. They are applied to phones, signs, windows, lunch boxes... everywhere. They are more than often cute illustrations or scentences in English that sometimes make very little sense. With these stickers you can mark objects that are special to you. These stickers are made and designed in Seoul.
Gifts are not for every day. Or?
In Seoul the answer is yes. As a matter of fact, there is always a perfect time for a gift. Actually, the culture of gifting is so significant that one of the popular chatting apps allows you to send mini gifts to anyone with a simple click. The lucky reciever can go to the nearest convenience store to pick up the gift, be it flowers or a chocolate muffin. In other parts of the world we might be more custom to give gifts to friends just once a year for their birthday. This box includes birthday greeting cards that are made in a Korean trendy minimalistic style, that clearly makes a statement against the typical cute korean deisgn. Printed on thick paper with a glossy print they will make anyone happy on their special day.
Since the Korea war ended the US Army has always had a large presence in Seoul. It is most recognizable by it’s large military base in the center of Seoul. If you look at a map of the city, the base often completely blacked out. The American presence has affected the city. Donut shops, American ice-cream joints and pizza places are found literally everywhere. But as always. in a much cuter koreanized way. That’s why there is no surprise that these post-it’s in the shape of a hamburger exists. This hamburger is made by a small design studio named Lento located in the heart of Hongdae, the bustling young area in the city.
Beauty is a serious business in Korea. It’s importance is set on another level. One of the most important factors in the Korean beauty ideal is youth. This collagen mask will reboost your face to make it look more full and younger.