Coat of Mail
Crabtree & Evelyn
Kenneth Cole Productions
Macau Restaurant and Lounge
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
European Parliament Brussels
Forum Barcelona 2004
World Expo - Zaragoza 2008
Galerie Kyoko Chirathivat
Henry Ford Museum
Museu do Amanha
Ralph Appelbaum Associates
(Transdisciplinary design collective composed of Mona Kim, Todd Palmer, Olga Subirós, Simon Taylor of Tomato)
AIGA + Design Observer,
50 Books | 50 Covers competition
50 Books Winner, 2016.
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.
Jury, Digital Media category, 2006.
Silver Nomination, "Voices" Exhibition, 2005.
Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD),
Global Design Award, Honor Awards,
“Voices” Exhibition, 2005.
“Voices” Exhibition, 2005.
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:
“Intersection: Physical Spaces + Technology + Experience”.
Paris, France. (2017).
Conference Les Entrepreneurs Évolutionnaires
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”
International new media conference, Barcelona 2008 Lecture: “Virtual or Real? ”
Post-grad Motion Graphics, Barcelona 2008 Lecture: “Audiovisuals in Exhibitions”
International digital arts conference, Barcelona 2008 Lecture: “SPLASH: Virtual or Real?” (Montxo Algora and José Luis de Vicente, Curators)
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).
Carles Broto, Carles. (2010). Art of Display: Culture Shows. Links International,Ceg. (Program Collective at EXPO 2008).
About Mona Kim - Founder, Creative Director:
Space, Sensorial Elements, Interactive Media, Film/Motion, and Digital/Print Media.
Large cross-disciplinary teams
on integrated projects
New York, Milan, Barcelona, Paris
Works on Global Projects:
Asia, Europe, South America, North America.
Speaks 5 Languages.
English, Italian, Spanish, French, Korean
Curating Public Experiences
Creating Powerful Images
Crafting Meaningful Messages
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.