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Meet Spring-Summer 2021 Collection of Codements inspired by minimalism and practicality.
New season’s look book was inspired by ‘Sequences’, photography by Duane Michals who bestowed surrealism upon everyday moments. Time as the main theme, the look book unveils an incomprehensible secret dimension of a universe for the purpose of grasping a nonexistent gap of time between the photos.
In surrealism, depaysement refers to “elimination of an object from a normal relationship to derive an eccentric relationship.” In short, it suggests ‘a situation in which an object is in a place where it’s not supposed to be.’ Discover the true beauty of Knot Bag Phone Pouch as Codements presents the collection with unusual poses from an unexpected perspective.
NUNKO, a floral & design service helps us restore forgotten senses through flowers
Codements met with the artist, NUNKO, who uses colors to create never-seen-before flowers that stimulate our dulled senses.
According to the profile, you are a graphic designer, floral designer, art director, prop stylist and many more. How do you define NUNKO?
NUNKO is a design service that provides art direction mainly using flower as a medium.
What does the name NUNKO signify?
Nun means eyes and Ko means nose in Korean. Nunko focuses on how we experience through our senses. Since we use flower as our main medium, we wanted to reflect the senses that it triggers.
What is the project concept and idea involved in the collaborative work with Codements?
We are fascinated by the vitality of flowers. Not only as a material but also as a living points of life. Flower/plants in a space carries a presence. I heard people started to adopt plant as pets. It seems like many started to relate to this especially after covid. We often forget they are living beings. With this in mind, we wanted the flowers to imagine, personify and embody the spirit and style of the people who are currently and also who might potentially wear the Codements products.
I noticed that the color contrast is eye-catching in your floral styling.
We enjoy playing with fundamental elements of design. Contrast allows us to create a tension between each elements, color, shape, line and etc which accents individual unique beauty within the arrangement.
The color of some of these flowers are unusual. You mentioned sometimes you color them to achieve this look. How does the coloring process work? What other techniques do you use apart from coloring?
There are two methods of coloring. It is either applying a color directly on the flower or absorbing mixed color dye into the water and letting the flower absorb the color itself. I personally prefer the latter. It is amusing to watch colored water flow through the veins of the flower. I love that it reveals something we cannot see normally with our bare eyes.
If its for a photoshoot, I sometimes dissect the plants and reimagine and then reconstruct them into a new species. Also we combine cut flowers with potted plants.
To juxtapose the cut ephemeral flower with the potted plant is stimulating not only because it visually creates a unique plant, but also conceptually brings together the two contrasting ways of how people view flora and fauna.
How do you define craftsmanship and what how do you achieve it in your work?
The devil is in the detail. We believe the key to craftsmanship is to be resilient and flexible. It is to be open and observant about what quality or message it actually carries and persistently try as many ways to best convey and refine to the T as possible.
How do you want the people to feel and think about the work of NUNKO? Do you have any message that you want to convey?
Our goal is not just to show pretty flowers. We have purposefully decided that we are a design service rather than a florist for that reason.
We want to create an experience that stimulates sensorially and emotionally. We see the beauty in what makes us human. The fact that we humans sense, think and feel is the subject that we are curious about and would like to explore and celebrate.
’Leather’, living material by artist Kim, Jun-su.
Artist Kim Jun-su, who promotes modern art craftsmanship using leather and metal as main materials. The attitude of his version of modern craftsmanship and the properties of hide were asked.
Majoring in metal art, you have been showcasing works of art in a shape of leather strings laying on top of another. How did you come to use the two completely opposite materials?
At first, I was intrigued by the warm and soft texture of leather, polar opposite properties, as opposed to hard, solid metal, which led me into developing a hobby in leather crafting. Out of many diverse fields of metal art, art accessory is one of the areas where many experimental materials can be used. Through this route, I was able to delve into other materials, which then led me into embarking on in-depth research on leather.
Ever since, through a leather workshop program in Italy, I learned all about the processes as how vegetable leather is produced, materialized, and also how to manage remaining materials. As the last course of the program, as I exhibited my works using materials from the remaining leather, I learned to see it not as fabric but a material that is living.
The final outcome made out of thin leather strings piled up, it feels as though they look like a tree ring or tree bark. It feels as though your art pursues assimilation to nature.
I began research on leather rather than expressing a certain fixated image, but learning about its properties. My approach was to study leather’s own property which is relatively unknown to others. It is safe to say that it is the outcome of my pursuit while tracing the innate nature of leather. Feedback from the viewers of my works, and plant raising, one of my hobbies, also contribute to the development of my work. It seems that such traits come to be part of my work without realizing it.
<시간, Time fo/r/est>, your most recent private exhibition, seems that you wish to talk about easy-going attitude toward relaxation and life. What does time mean to you?
I wanted to encapsulate diverse time at my exhibit, <시간, Time fo/r/est>. As for the main theme, I got my inspiration in Saryuni forest road in Jeju. As time passes, a small tree grows into a group of trees, turning into a dense forest, the stories about my works in which many processes and much time are involved to come to being, also I wanted to focus on the time of relaxation and recharge for myself from my non-stop, relentless journey. More fundamentally, I wanted to demonstrate diverse ways and attitudes towards time.
From Observing the way you work, a string of leather is cut thread by tread and stack it on top of another one layer at a time, finished by a lacquer-painting at the last. It is extremely time-consuming, why do you stick to this method?
It was not that I intentionally adhere to the strenuously time-consuming methods. These days, we manufacture industrial products much faster with machines. As much so, they are also easily and swiftly replaced and become forgotten. I feel that it is better for me to use my own labor and simple hand tools albeit long time, rather than relying on technology or machines. I believe the work in which much time and efforts are poured into brings so much touching emotion than industrial products offer.
The work process where the sweat and tears of an artist are melted into one is also intertwined with the spirit of craftsmanship. What is your definition of craftsmanship?
To me, craftsmanship is different from traditionalism. Craftsmanship involves techniques being passed down to many generations to maintain, but such history is non-existent with me. However, i believe that craftsmanship means to create an outcome not skipping nor simplifying any of the heaps of processes involved. Doing my utmost for each and every single steps with genuine efforts is my definition of craftsmanship.
The trace of a living organism left at the end of its life, ‘Leather’ is turned into products that can endure the time. What are the values you wish to leave behind?
I think the materials I use are not simple fabric that is used and be discarded afterwards. Though acquired from animals, depending on the way it is expressed, I work in a way that it helps one to bring up an image of plants. Or depending on how it is used such as partitions and bowl series, or being placed in certain spaces, it functions to transform the ambiance of the entire space.
Due to the nature of vegetable leather itself, it shows features as if it is still alive as it gets tanned over the time or as it changes color. I believe my works ‘come to life’ from the moment they are put in the place. I think my works co-exist with other objects in the space. I hope to continue my work in which the value of leather can truly shine.
SIXTY ANGLE BLUE NAVY
COMPASS 32 BEIGE
KNOTBAG MINI IVORY
KNOTBAG MINI BLACK
The meet with Hyundai Department Store
In early December, we opened a second pop-up store for a week at Hyundai Department Store Apgujeong Branch. The timeless design products of Codements, where modern design meets the craftsmanship spirit, are gathered in one place.
This pop-up store offers a special experience to the audience by putting extraordinary elements into the most ordinary space. Through collaboration with artist Yoo Hyun, this pop-up store presents a craft space with objects that retain the original appearance of trees, metallic watches, and elegant leather bags.
Here you could meet Codements' signature Knot bag, IF Design Award-winning 'ANGLE' collection, new “Sixty Angle” collection with a simpler and more sophisticated design developed from 'Code Angle' collection, and the 'Compass' collection that showcases the essence of modern craftsmanship.
The essence of modern craftsmanship, Compass
The Compass Collection, a new luxury watch that reinterprets the spirit and attitude of the craftsmanship that deals with watches in a modern sense.
The hands (hour and minute hands) inspired by the compass, a drafting instrument used to draw circles, are completed to have the most stable and beautiful proportion through the careful study of the width, length, and angle between the hands.
Excellent balance between straight bezel and curved rear panel, and simple index, to the scale marked with an intaglio and the elegant light reflected along the hairline. Each design element made to harmonize with the refined metal sensibility reminds of a modern architecture.
The heart of the watch, the movement, is made by Ronda, a quartz-type machine representing the Swiss watch industry, to increase its durability. 'RONDA 763' is of excellent quality, and its battery life is 40 months which is longer than other lines.
For watch glass Sapphire glass with high hardness was used. It protects the surface from external materials and shocks, and presents high light transmittance and low reflectivity, so you can see the watch clearly.
'Compass', which has become a new definition of craftsmanship, is composed of two sizes of bezels such as 40mm and 32mm to make them suitable for women and men, and they can be used as a couple item.
The new look, 'Sixty Angle' collection
The ‘Sixty Angle’ collection, the next-generation model of the ‘Code Angle’, which won the main prize in the ‘IF Design Awards’ jewelry category, one of the world's top three design awards.
'Sixty Angle' collection, the signature item of Codements, is a design watch with a rotation function that allows users to adjust the dial angle as desired. The hands designed with a compass motif and an engraved dial made of metal are the features that make this watch stand out.
The stable technology of the Ronda 763 Swiss movement and high-strength sapphire glass are mounted to enhance the value of the product. The strap made of cowhide leather is durable and comfortable to wear, and it boasts a luxurious finish completed using Serafil thread.
'Sixty Angle' which becomes slimmer and more sophisticated presents a design that anyone can wear regardless of gender.
SIXTY ANGLE BLUE GRAY
SIXTY ANGLE BLUE NAVY
SIXTY ANGLE SILVER BURGUNDY
SIXTY ANGLE SILVER MESH
Special collaboration with Demoo
Codements participated in a collaboration that talks about 'brand value' with brands with good attitudes by hommaging the essay 'Regarding Attitudes' by writer Lim Kyungsun with Demoo.
Through a special collaboration that breaks the boundaries between fashion and art, the collection presents the new look of Knot bag that gives a new perspective and inspiration to the public.
The calf-skin mini bag product, which was completed in collaboration with Demoo by the modern craftsmanship 'Codements', was introduced at the Project Lab and Demoo stores located on the 3rd floor of Hyundai Department Store in Pangyo in September 2020. You can also meet them at The Hyundai(thehyundai.com) online store.
Codements' Knot Bag Presentation at Seongsu-dong
The presentation of Codements' Knot Bag Collection Inspired by the 'Earth Room' of 'Walter de Maria', a New Yorker artist, in the 1970s, is unfolded.
At FE26 located in Seongsu-dong, which is built as a presentation space by Codements, audience smelled scent of the dirt on the floor as soon as they enter the space. The elements of nature and external space were brought into the interior to induce a sense of mental conflict to the audience.
The tension and energy in the space caused by this extraordinary experience expand further in the next scene. This is because a huge log object attracts the attention of the audience. The trunk that Artist Yoo Hyun has carved was cut like a sheer, revealing the texture, lines, and patterns of the wood. On this primitive object Codements' metallic watches and elegant leather bags were placed.
Natural materials such as soil and wood, metal and leather, and craftsmanship by artists. This exhibition presented a vivid experience as if various physical properties and senses collided and overthrew everyday life. At the center of this space, there was a new 2020 Knot bag from Codements, a modern craftsmanship brand.
Codements' presentation space in the summer of 2020, and the Knot Bag collection are the answer of Codements to the old question, 'What is a value that will not change over time?'
The result of modern craftsmanship, The Knot Bag
Result of reinterpretation of Craftsmanship made with unique design philosophy of Codements, the Knot Bag collection
The most striking charm of the Knot Bag collection is the silhouette. The body has a sophisticated and modern masculine straight line, and the elegant feminine curve stands out in the knots of the strap and the curved line of the cover.
The Knot Bag is characterized by a design utilizing the 'knot'. It is a two-way bag that is made of leather and metal only, and the strap knot point and a simple, modern body go well together. Instead of metal loop, it uses a knot, and the length can be adjusted by moving the knot.
In accordance with design philosophy of Codements the decoration is minimized by focusing on perfect proportion, solid materials, sophisticated colors, and luxurious luster are expressed in high-quality cowhide leather with dense fiber structure.
A collection of Knot Bag completed with a combination of materials and a modern design that enhance the value of objects when they become old.
The new perspective of the act of looking at time
'Code Angle', the first collection of Codements that elegantly portrays the act of looking at time.
A watch is an object that mediates the world and the individual.
Humans have used watches to locate them on the vast sea, to get on trains that will take them far away, and to be with somebody at a specific time. Even those who live in cities need a suitable watch.
Delicate hands, which add sophisticated technology to a modern and structural design, take your time to the most special point. Instead of a digital device in the pocket, your gaze falls on the watch on your wrist. Maybe what we have designed is that elegant act. It is an old moment that connects humans and the world.
'Code Angle' is a watch with a design inspired by Compass, a drawing tool to draw a circle. It is a signature item of Codements.
The design of the hands (hour and minute hands), the details engraved on the dial, the width and length, and the angle between the two hands are carefully calculated to make the most stable and beautiful ratio.
The dial is made from stainless steel 316 with a luxurious texture. Stainless steel 316 is a material that contains a little molybdenum to prevent rust, and it prevents corrosion of substances and enables it to withstand harsh temperatures. It is a material used in medical devices and is of course safe from allergic reactions.
The subtle gloss metal dial rotates up to 60 degrees with pleasing sounds. It is the charm of the watch designed by Codements and the detail that can express your own time. You can also complete your own style with a variety of wrist straps that you can choose from a variety of materials and colors, such as leather and mesh.
‘Code Angle’ of Codements won the main prize in the jewelry category at the “IF Design Awards”, one of the world's three largest design awards. Let's meet the angle collection that carefully arranges modern sensibility and sophisticated technology right now.
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