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Object Mediated Interaction

Wendy Bokyung Kim

Wendy Bokyung Kim is a 24-year-old young Korean designer experienced in industrial design, speculative design, and object-oriented interaction.

Her works, including ‘More Sharing, More Rewarding’, ‘Pyeongyang coffee’, ‘Taste of the year 2030’ in the show 2020 speculates a preferable future from a utopian perspective. Her projects are based on design research regarding emerging technology as well as social problems, politics, economy, and science. 

Awards & Exhibitions

 Milan design show 2020 (canceled)

 London design week – Brompton district 2019, nominated

 Gwangju design biennale 2017 – Future homes

 Spark awards Silver in proto category 2016

 MA dissertation ‘Objects, memories, and emotional bonds’ got merits.  


@wendykimstudio (instagram)

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Wendy Kim's portfolio website

Degree Details

School of Design

Object Mediated Interaction

Hi Hi, this is Wendy speaking! 

She is currently situated in South Korea, due to this outrageous pandemic, however, activity finding a career and job in both Europe and Asia after things get back soon. 

Stay tuned to my Instagram @wendykimstudio 

Daily new posts coming out, so don't hesitate to contact me, please! I am available, right now!!

Coffee tower

First greetings between South and North Korean

Toasting gestures between South and North Korean

Toasting gestures between South and North Korean

Speculative timeline of Pyeongyang coffee project

Toasting deference between South and North Korean for anticipation

Subtle gestural difference and toasting sayings in translation

Gesture of South Korean drinking

Gesture of South Korean drinking

Gesture of North Korean drinking

Gesture of North Korean drinking

Still cuts_Assembling tower for intimacy and conviviality

Still cuts_grinding coffee together with traditional millstones

Still cuts_close ups of millstones coffee grinding together

How to share a cup of coffee with North Korean — Play while reading the brief below! :D 3 minutes film that shows how a South Korean and a North Korean could greet each other and brew coffee together.
Pyeongyang coffee is an enacted performance project designed to provoke a shared cultural experience to stimulate discussion of reunification between North and South Korea.

Through the act of making a coffee together, mediated by a series of objects with particular gestures embedded in their handling, two people - one from North and one from South, enact the greeting and toasting gestures of each culture as they enjoy a cup of coffee together.

The project is located in a middle-ground of cultural complexities using the aspects of subtle gestural difference: the gestures hold within them elements of respect, anticipation, conviviality and deference.

The project is situated in the near future 2030, where North and South Korea, while remaining separate, have free trade and population movement.

Materials created for the project include props, coffee tower, timeline based on primary research and speculative design, and a film.


PVC pipe, Korean terracotta, coffee


600 * 600 * 1600 / 00:03:00 (3minutes)

Exhibition mock ups

Taste of IKEA - look closely

Taste of Apple - Does it look tasty?

Taste of Pantone - What's your colour palette?

Exhibition scene with audience viewing

Exhibition scene with audience matching Pantone chip

Exhibition display for pop-up workshop

Exhibition poster displays

Exhibition scene - future taste tube

Exhibition scene - audiences interacting with props

Taste of the year 2030 is an interactive exhibit and pop-up workshop which aims to question what the future of ethical consumerism could be and to challenge audience members to consider their own role in shaping that future.

The project draws on first-hand research into how various top-end companies conceive of and construct what we perceive as ‘tasteful’. It then goes on to question to what degree that framework of ‘taste’ consciously or unconsciously filters down to consumers, and to ask what the environmental / social / economic impact might be. Are we allowing materialism to lead us blindly into dystopia all in the name of good ‘taste’?


Acryl, Glass, Syringe, Jelly


420 * 300 * 5, 50 *50 * 150

United Korea social credit cards creating system in 2055

Cockroach milk cubes – future ration for resource scarcity

Share book – government produced essentials distribution voucher

Ration S collection - one size fits all T-shirt

Adverts for introducing compassionate 2055 government

Display during RCA WIP Show 2020

Display during RCA WIP Show 2020

Audience engagement during RCA WIP Show 2020

Documentary of 2055 United Korea — Play while reading the brief below! :D 2 minutes documentary trailer that explores 2055 assuming the North and South Korea reunified, and showing the footage of how it happened.
This project speculates on a new form of blockchain communism in United Korea in 2055. This possible future is imagined through a series of objects, adverts, products, and a film. The project asks: How can we foster sharing to resolve resource scarcity through systems, policies, and objects?

In 2055 when resources have become scarce on earth. North and South Korea have united and the country has become an experimental zone, free to develop its own form of governance, economy, and lifestyle. Eventually, in United-Korea, everything will be shared through a system of ‘blockchain communism’ where the government has total access to a database of everyone’s sharing habits. 

The project imagines a United-Korea in which “social credit cards” are used as currency. These cards will create five different social classes to access, share, and rent utilities. Each level of card will require a minimum annual amount of sharing to qualify, and each citizen will be able to progressively work their way up to become ‘alpha’, the highest class, by increasing their sharing behavior. The higher the social class the darker the card becomes. 

‘Ration S’ will be a collection of government-produced essentials designed to reinvent the notion of sharing. The tag of each product would show instructions, along with the amount of times people have already shared the item. Along with everyday items such as toothbrushes, clothes, and tea, the government issued ‘share book’ will also regulate the sharing and distribution of less familiar items from a resource-scarce future such as cockroach milk cubes with four times the protein of cow’s milk.


Paper, metal, condensed milk


Series of 5 objects around 170 * 210 *30 (varies) / 00:02:00 (2minutes)
22 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

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