paris: korea, here and now

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tom greyhound is an interesting retail concept which popped up earlier this year in the boutique-infested marais area of the french capital. launched by ambitious korean retailer handsome - which owns an eponymous concept store in seoul - it aims to be more than just a store and is gradually morphing into a happening showcase of contemporary korean design and culture. the store currently hosts a concise exhibition which gives shoppers a glimpse of past and present creativity from homeland korea. curated by lo/a, a paris-based creative agency with interests in publishing and retail, the showcase is entitled korea, here and now. what's presented is an eclectic collage of artsy publications which epitomize contemporary korean culture. each booklet is dedicated to a major player, and includes leading artists who've gained international recogniction such as nam june paik, hein-kuhn oh and osang gwon. the presentation is further supplemented by a concise selection of design objects and fashion items [on through jan 3]. location: tom greyhound, 19 rue saintonge [marais].

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