Kim’s Glow collection explores the nostalgia of objects, particularly those of childhood. The qualities of childhood objects- a slightly off scale, unexpected color, handmade texture, all create a sense of unbridled reality, a sense of strange magic.

By referencing these traits, she hopes to imbue her work with that strange sense of magic inherent to childhood explorations.

Made from

Kim's objects are handcrafted from a variety of recycled plastics - both thermoset and thermoplastic. Depending on the object, a specific blend of the plastics is combined in large molds. Once cured, the objects are removed and polished to reveal their inherent translucency.

The work

Kim presented her first collection at the Architectural Digest show in March of 2016. In May she presented with the AMDC and WantedDesign Brooklyn. Kim’s collection received the 2016 Rado Star Prize, the 2016 NYCxDESIGN Award for Best Seating, and an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Design Milk, and Fast Company, amongst others. 


Kim grew up in the Hudson Valley in an extended immigrant family of artistically inclined craftsmen. She earned her BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon and worked throughout DC, Baltimore, and Providence developing public policy focused on energy, environment, and healthcare. Wanting to reconnect with the very physical world of her youth, she took a job at one of the nation's largest art foundries- and there began to make her own work. 

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studio located in the Hudson Valley area of New York

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