Mona Kim Projects creates multidimensional
communication, spaces, and experiences for
Uniqlo, Samsung, World Expositions, (more)

An award-winning design consultancy specializing in
Brand Experience for Museums, Cultural Institutions,
Fashion, and Beauty, it occupies a unique intersection of
art, culture, commerce and education, to create projects
that are meaningful, captivating, and high-end.

Fashion insight to Museums.
Museum intelligence to Fashion.

Services:

 

 

Experiential Spaces
Exhibition Design
Sensorial Environments
Event Design
Retail Environments
Art Installations
Curation

Branding
Advertising
Art Direction
Film/Video
Digital
Print

Clients/Projects_Corporate:

Bloomingdale
Cafeteria
Cashmere Studio
Cheil Cosmetics
Coty
Coat of Mail
Crabtree & Evelyn
Duet Spa
Express
Kenneth Cole Productions
Macau Restaurant and Lounge
Mandarina Duck
Premiere Vision
Rebecca Danenburg
Revlon Professional
Structure
Theory
Trussardi
Uniqlo

Clients/Projects_Culture:

amFAR
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
European Parliament Brussels
Forum Barcelona 2004
Expo Zaragoza 2008
Galerie Kyoko Chirathivat
Henry Ford Museum
Japanese-American Museum
Museu do Amanha
RIO+20
Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Partnerships:

Silkwormdream
(Digital Agency)

Program Collective,
(Transdisciplinary design collective composed of Mona Kim, Todd Palmer, Olga Subirós, Simon Taylor of Tomato)

Awards/Recognitions:

D&AD,
In Book, Brand Experience & Environments category, 2014.

Iakov Chernikov Conceptual Architecture Prize,
Nomination, Program Collective, 2012.

Design As Reform Vol.2,
Finalist for international art competition, Public Installations category, Dubai. 2010.

D&AD,
Jury, Digital Media category, 2006.

D&AD,
Silver Nomination, "Voices" Exhibition, 2005.

Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD),
Honor Awards, “Voices” Exhibition, 2005.

Laus Trophy,
“Voices” Exhibition, 2005.

Laus Awards,
Honorable Mention, “Voices” Catalog, 2005.

I.D. Magazine Annual Awards,
Honorable Mention, “Voices” Exhibition, 2005.

Applied Arts Awards Annual,
“Voices” Exhibition, 2004.

Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum,
“Voices” Exhibition, 2004.

Conferences / Lectures / Teaching:

Parsons Paris
Undergraduate Degree Program, Communication Design Dept., Adjunct Professor. Courses: Senior Thesis, Branding. Paris, France. (2009-2011).

Paris College of Art
Undergraduate Degree Program, Communication Design Dept. Adjunct Professor. Course: Senior Studio. Paris, France. (2011).

Pompeu Fabra University/ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
Master's Degree Program in Space Design and Architecture, Barcelona 2009 Lecture: “Audiovisuals in Exhibitions”

Broadcat,
International new media conference, Barcelona 2008 Lecture: “Virtual or Real? ”

IDEP,
Post-grad Motion Graphics, Barcelona 2008 Lecture: “Audiovisuals in Exhibitions”

ArtFutura Conference,
International digital arts conference, Barcelona 2008 Lecture: “SPLASH: Virtual or Real?” (Montxo Algora and José Luis de Vicente, Curators)

Publications:

Montxo Algora M. & de Vicente J. L. (Eds.). (2008). Souls and Machines. Artfutura. (“Splash”, Program Collective at EXPO 2008)

Ehmann, S. & Borges, S. (Eds.). (2013). Brand Spaces: Branded Architecture and the Future of Retail Design. Gestalten. (Uniqlo Branded Art Installations)

Klanten, R., Bolhöfer, K., Ehmann, S. (Eds.). (2011). Out of the Box!: Brand Experiences between Pop-Up and Flagship. Gestalten. (Uniqlo Branded Art Installations).

Ryan, Z. (2010). Building with Water: Concepts, Typology, Design. Birkhauser Verlag. (Program Collective at EXPO 2008).

About Mona Kim:

About Mona Kim

Merges
Space, Sensorial Elements, Interactive Media, Film/Motion, and Digital/Print Media.

Directs/Manages
Large cross-disciplinary teams
on integrated projects

Lived/Worked Internationally:
New York, Milan, Barcelona, Paris

Works on Global Projects:
Asia, Europe, South America, North America.

Speaks 5 Languages.
English, Italian, Spanish, French, Korean

Passionate about
Staging Spaces
Curating Public Experiences
Creating Powerful Images
Crafting Meaningful Messages

Loves
Beauty
Simplicity
The Bold
The Compelling

Collaborates Globally with Interesting People:
Curators, Fashion Designers, Scientists, Smell Designers, Photographers, Filmmakers, Composers, Producers, Architects, Designers, Writers, Researchers, Programmers, Sound & Light Engineers, Special Effects Engineers, Integrators...

Everything in Life is Interconnected...

1985 - 1993:

Swiss design education, Humanities studies, and 1st Apple computers.
1st interactive project on Macintosh 128K at Carnegie Mellon University.

UX/UI design at dawn of interactive technology for IBM.
Handpicked to develop strategic design projects under Sam Lucente and Edward Tufte.

Couldn’t imagine corporate life at such a young age.

Moved to Italy to experience “LIFE”:
Became fluent in Italian and Italian culture.
Learned "joie de vivre” and Italian hand gestures.

Discovered that Key to Creativity = “Going with the nose” (Design through instinct)
Thank you Ettore Sottsass for teaching me a valuable life-long lesson.

1993 - 2003:

Moved to New York to live “AMBITION”.
Learned to work like a New Yorker.
Acquired large agency experiences.

Fashion, Advertising, Branding, Exhibition Design
Became fluent in multiple disciplines through diverse agency experiences.
Acquired sensibility and love for Image.
Developed ability to think in 3D, Space, and Experience.

World Journey: A Life-changing experience.
Started to travel independently to India, Asia, and +35 countries.
Discovered the world of backpackers.

Collaborations with fashion designers.
Learned the abstract language of that world,
Learned to feel, understand, speak fabric & trends.

Beginning of entrepreneurial experience.
Founded Mona Kim Projects.
Founded NON, NYC, a minimalist/dada counter-culture street fashion brand.

2003 - Present:

Moved to Barcelona to explore “FIRE”
Became fluent in Spanish and Spanish culture.
Learned to embrace chaos.

Experiential Spaces, Technology, Curating
Invited by 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures to creatively head its main exhibitions.
Introduced new immersive exhibition format to experience cultural content.
Started to co-curate/work with curators, scientist, and experts.

The beauty of Collaboration.
Co-founded Program Collective, a transdisciplinary design collective at the intersection of art, technology, architecture, media, cultural content.

Learned to direct large cross-disciplinary teams on transmedia projects

Moved to Paris to refine “TASTE FOR BEAUTY”
Becoming fluent in French.
Learning how the French mind works.
Fully enjoying this profound culture.

Luxe, Uniqlo, Branded Art Installations, Scenography

Digital Projects and Startups
Co-founded Silkwormdream, a Web/App agency.
Exposure to the startup world and its great open spirit.

Focus on the “Experiential”
Synthesized knowledge & expertise acquired throughout +20 years (psychology, public engagement, curation, architecture, environmental design, brand strategy, interaction design, storytelling) into a unique specialty.

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