It’s really not important that one has furniture or an apartment of one’s own, for that matter, when one stumbles upon something that one knows will pull a whole room together when one has said room.
I believe I’ve mentioned before that I previously lived in a cave in the netherregions of southeastern Seoul. It was compact, it was dark, and let’s not discuss the “kitchen” or the “shower.” The cave did its job, and I survived, but it did not exactly inspire the happy homemaker in me.
This is why, upon my return to Seoul, I was selecting decorative pillows before I had selected an apartment to put them in. I was determined to have a sun-bathed, big-windowed, real-shower-real-kitchen apartment with a separate bedroom. It would not be unfair to assume that auditions of potential homes were greatly influenced by their ability to properly showcase these two pillows. I discovered them in a shop in Hongdae a week after my return, and I ran back there the night I received my first paycheck to retrieve them.
The pillows are designed by Jin Kim of kitty bunny pony. She is a graduate visual design student at Seoul’s major art institute, Hongik University, and comes from a family of textile manufacturers, so the evolution of design to fabric was a natural one. Jin not only has the animal line, but some really gorgeous geometric and retro designs as well as some handstiched pieces. The bunny pillows are screen printed on organic cotton canvas at her father’s textile factory.
And yes, I am already mental for the polar bear. My apartment will soon be a zoo.