Designers’ Choice by Hye-Jin Ris Kim 디자이너스 초이스 by 김혜진


Was there ever a time when the word “distance” felt so familiar?
Let us set aside for a moment how this word, which defines a measurement of physical space, penetrated so deeply into our social sentiment and made our lives feel foreign.
Perhaps we need a different kind of distancing today.

Henry David Thoreau, a 19th century American philosopher, left the city and lived in solitude in a cabin in the woods by Walden Pond. His book Walden is a record of his two years during which he immersed himself in nature and led a tranquil life; here he speaks of his epiphany about the essence of life and the way of the world.

Thoreau wrote:
“I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way.”
The power to live true to ourselves at our own will is attained only when we intentionally distance ourselves from the deluge of chaos and stimulus and quietly give ear to our inner voices.
Times change and crisis is always new.
Hence the answers to the questions concerning our lives are found not around us, but rather within ourselves.

The cabin by Walden Pond brings us here today.
Let us step into the woods to face ourselves.