aA Design Museum is one of those places where as soon as you step in, you're like 'am I in Seoul? really???' Hahahaha. So I've been in Seoul for over a year now, and yup, took me this long to finally get my foot in this design cafe! Embarrassing...
Why the aA? The lower-case ‘a’ in ‘aA’ stands for ‘art’, ‘architecture’, and ‘alive’, while the capital ‘A’ is “an unchangeable value, the best a person can get" (according to their website).
Story behind aA: owner Myung-Hwan Kim opened up this cafe to showcase his furniture collection. Globetrotter that travels to find the goods, and brings it back to his storage...I mean design museum cafe to share with folks like us! The interior has a rustic note to it, the negative space adds to the design, and the lighting parallels the furniture in perfect cohesion. The collection of furniture that range from scandinavian design to modern vintage, completes the marriage.
Just had coffee the first time around, no refills offered:( But hope to go back to check out their tasty smoothie and organic drinks!
Mapo-gu, Seokyo-dong 408-11, Seoul/서울특별시 마포구 서교동 408-11
(in Hongdae, Hongik University area)
Sangsu Station (line 6) exit 1, or Hongik University Station (line 2) exit 7
luv, luv, luv the lighting!!!
the european style terrace...stunning!