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Local Finds: Modernique

If you’re done with that flimsy tote that didn’t even survive the summer or the plated jewelry tray that got scratched up faster than sweating in Seoul in August, pay extra attention to this one.

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Modernique, a fashion and lifestyle goods brand, makes quality products primarily with metal, wood and leather. Fashion designers and industrial designers teamed up to organize this Koreabased company. At first glance, their stuff might look factory-made, but if you look closer, each item is the product of painstaking hours of craftsmanship. The signature “Margaret” bag is minimal and slick, with a classy leather body that contrasts with the ornamental metal plate. 
 
The Maison line features household products like wooden trays with metal plates attached. Utilizing a range of metals like brass, nickel and copper, Modernique’s products are accentuated by their unique colors and also benefit from how sturdy their materials are. Modernique’s Maison line was featured at MAISON&OBJET Paris 2014, the world’s largest trade show of contemporary living décor. Although people usually buy their products online, you can find their merchandise at Chapter 1 (Garosugil) and Platform Place. 

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