Winners of 2016 Korea Interior Architecture Competition
Kim Hye-won, Jo Eun-byeol (Department of Surface & Interior Design, ERICA, 3rd yr)
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On September 19th, the 28th Korea Interior Design Competition was held by the KCC architecture corporation and the Korean Society of Interior Architects/Designers (KOSID). It was an open competition for anyone interested in the field of interior design, but those who were handing in their work were required to be residents in Korea. Kim Hye-won and Jo Eun-byeol (both Department of Surface & Interior Design, ERICA Campus, 3rd year) won the grand prize in this year's competition along with Kim Ju-seok from the same department, who was unable to attend the interview.
Q1: Congratulations on winning the grand prize! How do you feel?
Kim: “Our team focused on communicating a lot with one another, and this was probably the reason why we were able to receive such a big award. We are still overwhelmed by the fact that we have won and we thank everyone who has helped us and supported us.”
Jo: “This is one of the biggest competitions in the field of interior design, so we are very honored. We can never get used to being congratulated by people. We did go through very hard work and it couldn’t have been achieved had it not been for the professor and the seniors.”
Q2: What was the concept of this competition?
Jo: “There was nothing set in particular and it was supposed to be a free topic of each teams creating an interior design concept and making a model on the basis of that.”
Q3: Could you explain to us about your work?
Kim: “We decided on the National Geographic brand, because they are known for lively, unique pictures, yet have a photo exhibition that is dull. We wanted to create a gallery for this brand and make it like no other. From the ritteri anemone, we got the idea of liquidity and brought it to our surface design. Because anemones tend to stick to rocks or other animals, these two different characteristics were to be harmonized together in our work. We wanted to make this National Geographic gallery set up by the Han River so that it serves as a place to rest and gaze at the photos at the same time.”
Q4: How did the three of you become involved in the same team?
Kim: “When we were in the second semester of our second year, we took the same course called Visual Merchandizing. Us three were brought together as a team and we had to do our project together for the semester. Jo suggested that we try out for this competition and we decided to submit our own project for it.”
Q5: What do you learn in the Department of Surface & Interior Design?
Kim: “It is a combination of surface interior design, interior design and textiles. We learn how to deal with the fabrics along with designing. With this combination, we are educated to have diverse choices when it comes to choosing our career. Some of the things that we learn are the design trends, surface pattern drawing, textile expressions, furniture designs, including most of what is necessary when it comes to designing the insides of a building.”
Q6: How long did you prepare for the competition?
Jo: “About six months.”
Kim: “Yes, since we developed almost all of our project during a semester last year, we had a rough draft of what it would look like. The night before we submitted our work, our professor visited us and encouraged us. We were able to carry on due to the support.”
Q7: What were some of the things that were good and bad?
Jo: “We were able to fill up the qualities that we each didn’t have. We were able to learn from one another through communication, too. We were kind of scared of our professor’s feedback on our work but we have learned a lot from it.”
Kim: “I personally didn’t have any interaction with the seniors before, but through this competition, I was able to become acquainted with them. We had to do some unexpected presentations for people from time to time and we felt our skills improving every time.”
Q8: How will you use the six million won?
Kim: “We divided up the prize money evenly. Since we used about one and a half million won for creating our model for the competition, we had four and a half million won left. I've decided to use the money to travel to Japan, and use the rest for my graduation work.”
Jo: “I gave the money to my parents.”
Q9: Could you give a final piece of advice for those preparing for competitions?
Kim: “Do not think that investing your money on a competition is a waste of money. We believe that it is all a part of experience. Since we invested a lot, the quality of our work was considerably better.”
Jo: “If you believe that what you are doing is right and work hard on it, good results will eventually follow. I would also stress the importance of communication between teammates since that will reduce the uncertainties.”
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Photo by Kim Youn-soo
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