DOHA: Korean design consultant and curator Byung-Soo Eun (pictured) will present a lecture entitled ‘Design beyond tradition’ tomorrow at 6pm at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) atrium.
This is the fifth of the six lectures under VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series and is open to the public.
Eun will introduce contemporary design projects which he and other Asian designers have worked on during the last 15 years which take their inspiration from traditional culture.
He believes that traditional culture is the most important factor in global markets and society and he will explore this concept through case studies of projects by EUNcouncil such as the Gwangju International Design Biennale 2009; the Asian Design Exhibition; collaboration project between Korean college students and workshops in Vietnam; and an exhibition of Korean craft, ‘Hidden Match’ in Riyadh.
Eun is Founder of VIUM and 212Design, the first industrial design consulting firm in Korea.
Eun and 212Design were the driving force behind the exhibition “The Vernacular Mirror: Twentieth-Century Design,” which was the major event during ICSID 2001 in Seoul.
He now runs EUNcouncil, a design council company, and was a curator of one of the main exhibitions of the Gwangju Design Biennale 2005, “Asian Design; Hidden Treasure”.
Eun was artistic director of ‘An Exhibition of Korean Crafts — hidden match’ in Riyadh, Saudi in 2013 and participated in the world Summit in 2012 in Chennai, India. His seminar titled ‘The future is Handmade’ was about Korean Craft and its relevance in the contemporary world. He also participated in the Seoul Design Festival 2003, Theme: ‘Star designer’ where his VIUM-brand products were recognized for the unique way they meld traditional Korean designs with modern interpretations.
Eun has been one of the juries since 1995 for the Korea Industrial Design Award, Good Design Award, International Craft Biennale at Chungjoo, The 1st China Design Award, Asian Design Award in Hong Kong and the Singapore Design Award. He has also spoken at various seminars and conferences since 1995. The Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking.