"I’ve always been drawn to the sense of smell. When I was 7 or 8 years old and living in Korea, I remember my grandmother used to collect miniature bottles of perfume that would give her apartment heavy notes of amber, sandalwood, and rose. I would spend hours smelling each individual fragrance; this was very formative. Ever since, my memory seemed to be uniquely directed by my sense of smell. After moving to Los Angeles in 2011, I found myself learning a new language, in an entirely different environment and culture; one that was diverse, broad and exciting. At the same time, I missed home, and it was often passing smells that would remind me of the familiar; of Korea."
"Studio kō represents that connection to home, a sense of identity, and discovery of your past within products that are both contemporary and specifically of historical Korean context and interpretation. The word “Kō” is Korean for nose, and I wanted to curate a studio collection of design and lifestyle brands that represent both Korean tradition and reinterpretation, revealing that what is present, is firmly rooted within our past. As I continue to evolve as an artist, I hope to preserve my love for Korean culture and introduce designs that bridge the past to the future."
- Ibi Yoo / founder, studio kō