JungHee Kim

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JungHee Kim

About JungHee Kim

Junghee Kim graduated from Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea in Metal Craft, holds a Master’s Degree in Metal Craft from Kookmin University. She completed Culture and Arts Program for CEO from Korea National University of Arts. She worked for Gemopia and Jewelry Park, top ranking Korean jewelry companies, as a head of design department. She is a numerous jewelry design awards winner including Korea Design Exhibition in 2004. Since she launched her own brand, PhoeBe, in 2001, she has reinvented the old into the modern and handcrafted beautiful pieces that can be admired beyond the time.

  • Winner of 3 A' Design Awards.
  • Good in Jewelry Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Jewelry
Tree of Life Ring

Tree of Life Ring

Jewelry Design

Bridge of Love Ring, Brooch & Pendant

Bridge of Love Ring, Brooch & Pendant

Jewelry Design

Tree of life II Ring

Tree of life II Ring

Jewelry Design


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Interview with JungHee Kim

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I majored in metal crafts at the university and naturally walked the designer's path. Jewelry design while doing part-time sales at a jewelery shop in college I was interested. I have a dream to make a brand with the jewelery I designed.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I work on the design and setting of old jewelery of customers. Old jewelery has different memories. I put the memories in a jewelery design and have them reborn with a new name. I feel rewarded when I am happy to find memories that customers have forgotten.
What is "design" for you?
It is to materialize the purpose as a form. and I think It is another language for communicating
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
The story that I want to express is solved in formative way, meaning and functionIt is a design that is delivered well and impressed.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
The design is different, but the passion until the finished product is the same. So everything is precious.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
It is a design philosophy. I have been studying design and making brand with my own design philosophy. It became the motto that made me of the present.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I prefer waxing work that can make shapes freely,The main material is gold.
When do you feel the most creative?
It is possible to solve a story that other people can not think of.There is, of course, sympathy and communication in this.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
It is the delivery of design concepts, expressions, and functions.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
I imagine what I designed when it was finished formally, and it is always full of excitement.It is like a mother who conceives a baby and is happy to wait for a baby to be born after 10 months.
What makes a design successful?
The design and the concept are united, and intuitively convey the meaning.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The meaning of the design should be conveyed as it is, and the design which is original and the trust of the customer is good design.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
I think that the social responsibility of the designer is to design a product that the society needs, recognizing that it is directly connected with the society, environment, and sustainability.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
It seems that the most attention is focused on electronic products. Especially for software and telecommunication equipment.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
The second solo exhibition in 2006 was at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul,The third solo exhibition will be held in December 2017.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My work is about designing a story on a theme called tree. This is the creativity I have. The source of my design inspiration is the idea and philosophy of nature and everyday life.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
My design style is abstracting storytelling. My work is characterized by visualizing my thoughts and emotions and expressing them in a figurative form.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Seoul, Korea. Korean traditional patterns have helped to study functional design combining modern beauty under the concept of modern aesthetics found in classics. The nature of Korea, which has four distinct seasons, is a source of design inspiration.
How do you work with companies?
I operate my design studio.And to set up design counseling and new product projects for other companies
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Do not look at the present, judge the possibility of being a designer to lead the future. And judging whether you have a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm, you can meet a good designer.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
t depends on who the client is.For example, if you are a customer, you can sketch a design after identifying age, occupation, style, color, religion, motivation, and budget
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Antique furniture, sunglasses, coffee cups, golf wear, shoes, handbag...
Can you describe a day in your life?
I wake up in the morning, have a cup of coffee, watch the diary and check the schedule. And sometimes we meet customers, sometimes we do design work. Sometimes we watch concerts, musicals, art exhibitions and even play golf early in the morning.I am always full of excitement because every day is different for me..
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
If you do not have your own design philosophy, do not become a designer. If you do not have your own design philosophy Not a designer.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
It should be an art in daily life faithful to the essence of the product and the visual persistence that raises the cognitive value.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Design and concept should be designed in harmony, and visual meaning and function should be conveyed.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
There are many times when I work without sleep. And I do even work on holidays. But I do not think it is pain but I think it is happiness. Because it is a passion for work.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Difficulty depends on design. From design to completion, it takes a 1month to or 1year.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
Where do you get design inspiration from? And what do you think while designing
What was your most important job experience?
It was a great help for me to work as a designer of a company that could see the production process at once. It has always been a leap for the bigger market as a leader in the jewelery market, and I was able to dream bigger in that company
Who are some of your clients?
My design and the person who trusts me is the main customer. They say that when I wear my work, comfort and peace and the mind of the designer are conveyed through the works. And because of their scarcity and artistry.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
The story becomes the theme, and the design which harmonizes the art and the practicality which became the concept of nature. Because if you see the design concept, you can see the story.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I will stick to the project for my solo exhibition in December.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
There is a work called "Yeolliji" which tells the story of a love between a man and a woman in a tree.It is a story that tells the story that a loving man and a woman are born again in the middle of the day in the same time and are born again as a tree.

Extended Interview with JungHee Kim

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I majored in metal crafts at the university and naturally walked the designer's path.
How did you become a designer?
Jewelry design while doing part-time sales at a jewelery shop in collegeI was interested.I have a dream to make a brand with the jewelery I designed.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
jewelery designer and producer.The concept of a tree will make more story-oriented work..
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
We need to constantly research and strive without losing the initial focus. And you have to enjoy designing.
What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?
The great designer is the designer who is trusted by the customer.A good designer is a designer who can convey the meaning of design without expert knowledge.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
A good design is created when a designer does not lose an introductory and design that leads to sympathy and communication
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
Design determines the aesthetic shape that stimulates sales. In that sense, design is a silent sales.
What is your day to day look like?
I would like to make a tiara with the motif of Korean bridal crown and golden crown.This is because it is a symbol of Phoebe shining woman.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
I am Korean with my oriental and modern design. I want to do solo show in Europe and USA. My design is a design that can bring out empathy and communication without expert knowledge.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
Coco Chanel is the mentor of my designer life. She has her own design philosophy and is unique.
What is your biggest design work?
I like Chanel's design style and design color. I especially admire her passion for design philosophy and design.
Who is your favourite designer?
I think that the design that impresses the customer is a great design. And when the customer feels that my heart is being conveyed in my work.
Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
You should research your own design without constantly imitating others' designs
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Designed as a formative realization of a given purpose. It says to plan.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
The support and encouragement of our family and neighbors and the trust of our customers have enabled me now.

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