May 21, 2008

Seoul: Architecture

Like Shanghai and Tokyo, much of Seoul is an ultra-modern city littered with shiny skyscrapers in futuristic shapes. But the country's current well-being trend has extended to architecture and interior design, with lots of green buildings (Ann Demeulemeester shop, center) and rustic-style buildings of textured concrete, weathered materials, and reclaimed wood (generalidea by bumsuk shop, left). Which isn't to say that modern and sleek is over: the glossy new Neil Barrett shop (right) echoes the slick surfaces of the shoppers' ever-popular black cellphones.

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