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Publication Date: 2015-09-30

Life Patterns

Christina Kim notices things in the world. They might be the things any of us see, but as a designer, Kim perceives them differently. Take rocks, for example.

“When I was a little girl growing up in Korea, I always collected rocks, looking especially for smooth, flat, rounded ones with speckled patterns,” says Kim from her Los Angeles home and work studio, where she has headed her now-iconic company, dosa, since 1984. “In Korea, you see rocks stacked as walls, fences, and building materials, and the people assemble them so expertly that all the pieces seem to naturally fit into one another, seamlessly.”

The company, dosa (spelled lowercase) which Kim established with her mother, Vivian, in Los Angeles, has been making pillows that replicate these rocks. Their patterns take on the speckling and visual nuances found in nature with an eerie precision. Many people might consider these pillows, some as big as boulders, as decorative home accessories. “We consider all the items we make, such as napkins, pillows, and blankets, as housewares rather than something just decorative for the home,” Kim stresses. “We design things that have a real function.”

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This story appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of MILIEU.


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