A SitOnIt Seating Interview with Designer, Okkwon Kim
August 04, 2014
Okkwon Kim is Principal at D_Space Interiors. She has worked as a design director for 33 years and also consults.
Is there a certain philosophy/approach you take to design?
Timeless elegance and innovation that’s modern and contemporary
How did you get into design?
I was always sketching fashion – even at five years old. And my father said that’s what I should do. And then I wanted to do something more public and more 3-D. I actually do metal sculpture – fine art. And then interior design uses a more science and math background.
How do you balance the ideal and the practical in your design? Does SOI or IDEON help with this?
I always look for a way to put in innovation – even if it’s small. And SitOnIt Seating creating a good product at that price – that IS innovation.
Can you comment on how you’ve used SOI or IDEON?
I have not specced Torsa, but I was involved in a focus group for a prototype of Torsa in the design studio. And I’m looking to spec it soon.
What are the biggest challenges in your work?
People always want to do too much. So the result is overly complicated. Then we simplify and streamline for budget and timeline and try not to put in too much.
Was there a defining moment in your career and how did that affect you as a designer?
My teaching experience. It was eye-opening to communicate with different levels of students and designers. It’s a pivotal time for students and I run my studio like a classroom. I began doing this about 10 years ago. And for the past six years, I’ve been giving internships.
What inspires you in your design?
Traveling and the Bible. That’s the literature that I carry. And I believe design comes from inside. It’s a core value.
What trend are you most excited about?
BIM Revit – Building Information Modeling, [intelligent 3D modeling] -- it’s changing the world. I’m also big on second generation young designers. I’d like to make a difference to them.
What trend are you least excited about?
You see the furniture industry copying itself. Who set the trend? How can you come up with the same thing? And then of course, each time you’re losing uniqueness.