Kelly Kim is a multi-disciplinary designer who crafts compelling stories through a diverse range of projects from commercial market-ready products to self-initiated “Material driven design” explorations.


























©2017 - 2024 KK Design Studio






A Korean-born designer graduated from ArtCenter College of Design with a background in industrial design (BS). Her global perspective is enriched by her background having lived in multicultural places such as Korea, the Philippines, Canada, and the USA. Combined with her love for travel and exposure to different cultures and trends, this diverse experience fuels her creative insights. 

With a solid foundation in design thinking and a background spanning design consultancy, start-up, and corporate environments, she excels in crafting compelling product narratives through trend analysis, color consultation, and material research. Open to taking freelance inquiries for businesses seeking a holistic CMF design approach whether startups seeking distinctive product identities or established companies aiming to innovate.

Guided by her approach of “Material-inspired design”, she departs from traditional processes to create innovative and impactful product solutions. Currently, she is captivated by the beauty of cultural stories intertwined with traditional craftsmanship processes. Her interest lies in the simplicity of poetic narratives, cultural aspects, and preserving age-old practices in the face of rapidly advancing technology. Open to bouncing ideas with creative collaborators on potential projects or seeking sponsors for commissioned works.

For general inquiries or collaborations, please email or connect with me on Linkedin. A detailed CV is available upon request.



Awards

Commercial
  • iF Design | Aurora collection | 2023
  • Red dot | Aurora collection | 2023
  • IDA Bronze | Aurora collection | 2022 
  • IDA Honorable mentions | Aurora Collection | 2022
  • Red dot | G335 | 2022
  • Red dot | Play your way campaign | 2021
  • IDA Gold | Play your way campaign | 2020
Self-initiated
  • ICFF Studio Winner | 2018
  • Williamson Gallery | CS: Ceramics | 2017
  • Xiem Studio | Ceramics Gratitude | 2017
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Publication & Exhibitions

Commercial Self-initiated
  • Mediasota | Mokumé | 2018
  • WGSN Forecast Service | Mokumé | 2018
  • Monomio Research | Mokumé | 2018
  • CNT Factory | Mokumé | 2018
  • HHome Nino | Mokumé | 2018
  • AD Russia  | Mokumé | 2018
  • Visual& | Mokumé | 2018
  • Lemanoosh | Mokumé | 2018
  • Noble ID | Mokumé | 2018
  • Schoenhaesslich | Mokumé | 2018
  • Studio Przedmiotu | Mokumé | 2018
  • Architecture Design | Mokumé | 2018
  • Veetrina | Mokumé | 2018
  • Designboom | Mokumé | 2018
  • Williams Gallery | Earth Craft: Ceramics | 2017
  • Xiem Studio | Earth Craft: Ceramics | 2017