October 23, 2011
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
This afternoon in Seoul I have turned a table in the café next to the patio
and the books of 10 Corso Como Cheongdam into my desk. This feels very
natural to do. I am not here often so it is a wonderful feeling to be comfortable
and at home seeing things I know and the many familiar faces.
Since opening 10 Corso Como Cheongdam three years ago, Chef Ahn has created
a stellar ambiance and cuisine for our visitors. Thank you! And thank you also for
the box lunch you prepared for Kris and I on our way to Hong Kong. It was delicious.
It is a Korean tradition at Café Bark to serve Irish whisky on the “rocks”
that have been carved and polished to a thing of beauty.
We had a great reception at 10 Corso Como Cheongdam for the presentation
of Ali Hewson Edun Collection for Spring 2012. The project supports the work Ali
and Bono do in Africa to create economic opportunites through fashion.
Here Kate, Ali, Janice, Vicky…and Kris sharing a moment at the show.
Next year! March 2012 – this will be our sign?
The first issue is light! Department store windows are rare. We are looking
everywhere behind the walls to find wind
ows and bring some light to
10 Corso Como – Avenue L. Milano has light and gardens in the courtyard;
we have a garden with fountains in Cheongdam. How have our eco
For those of you who have not been here, Seoul is very large and 10 Corso Como
has the opportunity to open in another space on the opposite side of town.
It is on the 5th floor of of Avenue L, the exclusive building of Lotte, one of
Korea’s iconic shopping venues, so is quite a challenge to design
in 10 Corso Como style. On the flight from Shanghai to Seoul Kris looking out the
window – maybe this is an omen? We will find windows in our new challenge project?
Before leaving Shanghai we visited this amazing unexpected building in the center of Shanghai. While many of the older buildings are being replaced,
the Sino-Russian Friendship building, a Russian interpretation of classical architecture built in 1954, sits like a wedding cake surrounded by glass skyscrapers!
The new and old side by side in Shanghai.