about designer


「 GALLERY SHILI tokyo 」 is a fashion brand that was launched in the winter of 2011 by New York-educated Tokyo-based Korean designer Duni Park.

Before Duni moved to Tokyo in 2010, she had been working in the New York art world as an art director and curator, specializing in Asian contemporary art.

With first hand experiences on forthcoming international enthusiasm for Asian art and culture, Duni founded the design company in Tokyo that re-discovered traditional Asian arts & crafts and modernized the designs so as to fit with contemporary needs.

「 GALLERY SHILI tokyo 」was one of her such endeavors where she re-visited Japanese vintage Kimonos and made contemporary fashion items from them. Duni was considered one of the pioneers of re-discovering beauty of this forgotten fabrics, and her creation was praised for dramatically changing image of the Kimono from old-fashioned to super fashionable.

「 GALLERY SHILI tokyo 」has been exhibited as in pop up stores mainly throughout Tokyo’s leading department stores, such as Takashimaya, Seibu and Keikyu. Internationally, the collection has been showcased in such cities as Portland, Milan, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan.

Exhibition view at 「SUS Gallery」 Tokyo, 2011

Exhibition view at Regent Galleria Hotel VIP Lounge, Taipei, 2013

Exhibition view at 「Tea House」, Beijing, 2016

Exhibition view at 「FA Salon」, Tokyo, 2019

Duni’s other projects include as below:

「Re-Discovering Lacquer 」was a traveling exhibition that Duni curated and produced, which displayed contemporary lacquer design objects from Korea and Japan. This exhibition traveled to Tokyo (2011), Beijing (2013) and Portland (2014).

Exhibition view at the Korean Cultural Center, Tokyo, 2011

Exhibition view at Portland Japanese Garden Museum, Portland USA, 2014

「NICOICHI」 is a new concept lacquered chopsticks brand designed by Duni as a creative director in 2014. Duni and this product were featured on the NHK broadcast program 「Binotsubo (Pot of Beauty) 」in Japan.

「 NICOICHI 」, 2014

Interview with「 Binotsubo 」about「 NICOICHI 」, 2019

「DOMANAITA」 is a new concept lacquered cutting board designed and produced by Duni in 2015. Lacquering with mother of pearl, Korean traditional lacquer making technique, enables the board`s surface hygienic and durable. High-end Japanese restaurants in the world use this product as an alternative to traditional wooden or plastic cutting boards.

「DOMANAITA」, 2015

Working together with a Korean lacquer master, Duni reinvented the lacquered fabric whose technique had been long forgotten; it is said that Buddhist monks who lived in the temples, which usually were located in the middle of the mountains, used to wear lacquered clothes to keep insects away and stay cool in the summer.

「Urushi Mode」 is a lacquered summer coat that Duni created with this re-discovered material and won a special award at the Ishikawa International Lacquer Exhibition in 2017.

「 Urushi Mode 」and lacquered fabrics, 2017

「Vintage Bojagi Cushion Collection」 is her upcoming project, in which she takes a private collection of Korean vintage Bojagi fabrics and recreates them into an over-sized cushion collection.

「 Vintage Bojagi Cushion Collection 」