Studio Black

A creative collective in the heart of Seoul by Hyundai Card

Spread across four upper-level floors with views out over the hip Gangnam district of Seoul, Studio Black is a new and exciting co-working space underpinned by an entrepreneurial spirit. Opened by Hyundai Card, Studio Black goes beyond merely responding to a growing need in the South Korean capital for alternative office and studio space arrangements by offering a stimulating environment in which young start-ups receive full support to grow their fledgling brands. The flexible, modular work spaces expand or contract to each young company’s needs, there is a hot-desking option for individual freelancers, and devoted testing rooms contain the full array of smart devices, two 3D printers and even an in-house photography studio. For a quick recharge, a nap room with sleeping pods, stepped meditation space or a rooftop terrace with unparalleled views out over the city will help to clear your head and focus your mind for more a inspired approach to the tasks at hand.

Every Tuesday the venue hosts a brownbag luncheon, inviting business consultants, tax experts and financial planners to give advice and guidance on everyday small-business needs in the form of a Q&A session for resident creatives. This, in addition to a regular roster of talks, open classes and networking opportunities, contributes to a supportive start-up culture, bringing in critical input and knowledge-sharing.

What sets Studio Black apart is its ability to bring people together under a spirit of collective innovation. And in their down time, members can benefit from exclusive access to Hyundai Card's one-of-a-kind Design, Music, Travel and Cooking Libraries — stay tuned to read more about this in the next issue of Design Anthology.

Images / Kyungsub Shin