Meet the maker: Byung Kim
Design K portrait.
Byung Kim is the designer behind Bauhaus-inspired ceramics brand DesignK. He completed an MA in Marketing and Communications at London College of Communication in 2008.
left image is a top down shot of a teapot and cup and saucer. Right image is of two cups stacked on top of each other.

What’s your fondest memory from your time at UAL?
I made such great friends from all over the world and learned so much about their interesting cultures.

How did your company come about?
I’ve always been very specific about the aesthetic of products I buy and use. I sometimes struggle to find things that I like on the market, so I started making my own design pieces – often as gifts to give to friends. I got a positive response to my products, so I decided to launch my own studio.

Who or what inspires you?
I draw inspiration from many aspects of everyday life but I am particularly influenced by the Bauhaus movement.

Time out article featuring Design K work.

What was the inspiration behind your latest collection? How have people responded to it?
My latest ceramics collection features bold colours and geometric shapes, which are designed to give a minimalist feel. People love the collection as they are real statement pieces and unlike other things available to buy on the high street.

A couple of the pieces were recently featured in Time Out magazine’s Christmas gift guide 2017, which was great! It was great to show my collection to readers all over London.

What purchase have you currently got your eye on?
I’ve currently got my eye on the book Creamier – Contemporary Art in Culture.

What advice would you give current students hoping to start their own business?
Focus on developing your own unique style; try not follow trends too much.

What’s next for your brand?
Following the positive response from the launch collection, I plan to extend my geometric collection further.

Four ceramic cups and a ceramic teapot displayed on coloured boxes in front of a pink background.