Kristy Ji Hyun Lee


I blur the lines between art, fashion and product.

I grew up appreciating all three: splashes of brush strokes on a white watercolor canvas, the delicately sketched curvature of figure drawings, and imagining the future how today’s products will be changed to make the world an enlightening place.

Last year during my internship program in Amsterdam, I visited Vincent Van Gogh’s museum. It was a truly memorable experience where I was able to see the original works and their emotionally honest and bold colored paint strokes. This was something that I was only able to see in books up until then. It was more enchanting than I expected and I found I could start to answer one of the questions I have had since I was nine. What is the purpose of an artist or a designer?

I felt I could understand Van Gogh just by looking at the painting. Every stroke represents fragments of the artist. By looking at a painting, I could have a conversation with the artist.

During my studies, the greatest joy I found was creating a conversation between myself and my audience through my work. Because the products I design are inspired by anecdotes people tell me, I feel I am a storyteller passing along stories to others by designing human-centered products.

Unfolding the true story of design is empowering. In becoming a designer I feel like I learned how to design my life.

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    Product Design Intern
    August 2011 - December 2011
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Product Design Intern
    May 2011 - August 2011
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Product Design Intern
    January 2011 - May 2011
    Palo Alto, CA

    Advertising Design Intern
    September 2009 - December 2009
    Seoul, Korea

    Lighting Designer Intern
    June 2006 - July 2006
    Hong Kong

  • Awards

    West Coast Bright Design Challenge
    In recognition of Vero Sapore

    National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF)
    Metal Finishing Association of Southern (MFASC)

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