On our way to Seoul this week.

Happy to go but always difficult to leave my “home” next to the gallery.

 Kris knows how much I love to be at my desk so he made

this drawing for me to also pack for the trip.

It is always wonderful to have an occasion to celebrate with a toast.

So it is time to toast a new trend in Seoul –  Italian Prosecco is becoming more

and more popular in Korea and in the 10 CC cafés.

   It is an occasion to mark with a special toast to our visitors and customers who again and again come and join our two cultures together in sharing the pleasures of the Milanese slow shopping experience.

The garden in Cheongdam now is truly established and lovely, a great destination to have lunch and a glass of wine.

It is time to bring the CU@10CC party to Seoul in the summer evenings and enjoy sitting outside before rainy season starts.

To arrange and rearrange every element in every 10 Corso Como is one of my favorite activities so that 10 Corso Como is never stagnant.

  Here we are moving an Arne Jacobsen egg chair into a new space in Cheongdam and I am struck by the gloves the workers wear.

So in keeping with Elsa Schiaparelli’s – she would no doubt laugh!

Sunday afternoon at 10 Corso Como Seoul and I am feeling at home.

Everything becoming more familiar with each trip

we make and with the signature 10 Corso Como flowers both in Cheongdam and Avenue L to greet us,

working is a pleasure today.

The colors of Barbier’s drawing and this geometric Lanvin scarf, vintage 1960’s,

 shows how the color and the circle brings lightness into design.

  The colors here of blush, scarlet red, and purple join with the black and ivory making for very desirable fashion.

Here, a delicate watercolor sketch on paper by George Barbier tells nothing of tragedy.

Known for his work for La Gazette du Bon Ton during the 1920’s,  this  portrait of Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina dancing Salome

 makes us see only an iconic version of the dance of the seven veils before Herod.

A lightness in the movement, the colors, nothing speaks to the tragic end of the dance that brings death to John the Baptist.

While looking at the Rodin sculptures here and the tragedies they represent, my mind flies back to Milano

where for the first time in 22 years The Galleria is opening an exhibition without me,”Woman in the Light” .

Frantisek Drtikol whose work crossed over the last century, from late 1800’s into the 1930’s, is one of my favorite photographers.

His use of natural light has been an inspiration to many modern photographers.

Drtikol’s image of Salome holds the same tragic view.

 Obsessive visions of woman as bearer of good, or evil; saint or demon; virgin or femme fatale play across his images.

For the first time in all my visits to Seoul, I was able to visit Plateau, the Samsung Museum of Contemporary Art.

  Built in 1999 to house the bronze doors Auguste Rodin , an edition of three made out of the plaster sculpted in Paris that were never finished in his life.

 The doors, called the Gates of Hell, are based on Dante’s Inferno.

They  are in a glass domed building that maximizes the natural light .

 180 figures seem to move in and out of the surface of the doors as the clouds pass overhead. The effect of light is striking .

 Rodin’s The Thinker, a figure supposed to be Dante is positioned at the top watching all the characters below him.

Art is very important in Seoul ,this great new space was built two years ago just across from 10 Corso Como in Cheongdam .

  Since 1989, The SongEun Art Space supports  young korean artists, and now also hosts important world exhibitions.

The galleries, bookshop and café make this an easy favorite destination for us.