HD400 Media player IF Design Award 2006

  HD400 is a digital media player designed for elegance and style. The look and feel was inspired by a black limousine and a grand piano. Its minimalist design with symmetrically positioned buttons gives the device a classic look. The black and silver body is balanced by a bright and crisp 1.8 TFT-LCD. There is a 5-way control key in the middle, supported by four buttons on each side. The chromed stainless steel body combined with multi-coated shiny black acryl plate adds durability and strength. HD400 is equipped with an 8GB hard disk and a built-in lithium polymer rechargeable battery. Other useful functions include an audio and video player, a voice recorder, an FM tuner/recorder, a text and photo viewer, games and a real time clock.

Manufacturer: DIGITALWAY Co., Ltd.
Design: MPIO Co., Ltd. Young-Tae Kim, Ho-Gak Lee

CAN0501 NEOCURL Cordless hair straightener IF Design Award 2006

  CAN0501 (NEOCURL) is the world's first cordless hair straightener. Its specially developed MPT heater (micro platinum) makes it possible to operate the device using 4 rechargeable AA batteries. For use at home, at work or when traveling... in short, everywhere! The main design keyword here is soft & compact, reflecting the lifestyle of contemporary women. The product's glossy coating and compact size suggest a feeling of luxury, resembling IT products which most people associate with easy transportation and storage. The product warms up to 180° quickly, and is ready to use in just one minute.

Manufacturer: CAOS Inc.
Design: WOOFER Design Inc. Hyun Cheol Kim

In the Spring 2007 collection he presented on Wednesday, September 13th in the Atelier at Bryant Park, Richard Chai once again hewed close to the Asian-tinged minimalism for which he's become known the past few seasons, with wonderfully wearable results.
Citing Irving Penn's flower photos and Bruce Davidson's "Brooklyn Gang" images as his jumping off point, Chai navigated between the flou of one and the urban edginess of the other seamlessly, for the most part, in a collection that could easily go from day to night and uptown to down.

Fall 2007 Ready-To-Wear

Richard Chai was born in Westchester County, New York, USA, in the mid-1970s. He is of Korean parentage. He was raised in a very artistic family. His mother, who was an artist, took her children to museums, the opera, and other places where they could be influenced by art.
Richard attended Parsons School of Design, in New York. After graduating from Parsons, he went to Paris, and studied fashion design at the Lissa School, working part-time at the house of Lanvin. When he returned to New York, his first position was with Armani Exchange. Then he joined Donna Karan for a while.

From 1998 to 2001 Chai worked as Design Director for Marc Jacobs, for launch of "Marc" line, and was very successful there. In 2001 he joined TSE cashmere house, click here to read more about them, as Creative Design Director. He designed TSE collections for several seasons starting SS 03. In 2004 Richard Chai decided it was time to start his own label..


Richard Chai

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