studio HJRK is a Seoul-based interior design practice encompassing worlds of interiors, art and decoration. Through projects ranging from restaurants to high-end residences, Hye-Jin Ris Kim approaches each space with sophistication, balance and timeless aesthetic. Hye-Jin studied Art History at Northwestern University and Interior Architecture and Product Design at École Camondo. Her experience at art auction house Christie’s and Parisian interior design studio India Mahdavi has nourished and refined her artistic sensibility as a designer. Hye-Jin aims to deliver a curated space through her understanding of art and culture, while untiringly seeking inspirations from history, voyages, and passionate clients.
Was there ever a time when the word “distance” felt so familiar?
Let us set aside for a moment how this word, which defines a measurement of physical space, penetrated so deeply into our social sentiment and made our lives feel foreign.
Perhaps we need a different kind of distancing today.
Henry David Thoreau, a 19th century American philosopher, left the city and lived in solitude in a cabin in the woods by Walden Pond. His book Walden is a record of his two years during which he immersed himself in nature and led a tranquil life; here he speaks of his epiphany about the essence of life and the way of the world.
“I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way.”
The power to live true to ourselves at our own will is attained only when we intentionally distance ourselves from the deluge of chaos and stimulus and quietly give ear to our inner voices.
Times change and crisis is always new.
Hence the answers to the questions concerning our lives are found not around us, but rather within ourselves.
The cabin by Walden Pond brings us here today.
Let us step into the woods to face ourselves.