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Seoul, Republic of Korea 64914
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The elegant Yeoksam cafe, located on the first floor of the soaring N-Tower in Seoul’s Gangnam district, takes its design cues from two distinct sources: the low-slung wooden furniture of Korea’s Joseon Kingdom period (1392-1910), and the lightness of the mid-century works of modern French furniture designer Jean Prouvé—whose pieces stand on such slender supports, they appear to float.
Los Angeles-based design company wrk-shp united these seemingly disparate concepts. They created maple tables and cabinetry whose shapes mirror the simplicity of traditional Korean design and, Prouvé-like, appear suspended in midair, supported by slender floor-to-ceiling pillars. Standing throughout the space, the pillars are also intentionally milled to varying thicknesses to evoke a bamboo forest. In eye-catching contrast, the dark Corian surface of the coffee bar draws guests in. There they can order pour overs and espresso drinks along with our seasonal culinary menu. Linger on sturdy wooden chairs by Korean designer Jung Mo Yang, beneath the elegant lighting of ceramicist Jung Eun Lee, and, we hope, feel surrounded by an oasis of calm.