Who we are

Design Network

An introduction to our domestic and international branches and design networks.

KIDP OVERSEAS BRANCHES

KIDP CHINA was established in Beijing, China in 2013 for the mutual development of Korean and Chinese design. It promotes activities such as networking with the Chinese government, design organizations/businesses, and designers; collaborations of Korean-Chinese companies and educational institutions, participation in major exhibitions, and research and study of information about the design industry in China. Since 2019, KIDP CHINA has been operating a Design Biz-Center in Foshan Shunde (Guangdong Province), helping Korean design companies to pursue their business in China.
The Vietnam–Korea Design Center (VKDC) was established by the Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) and the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE) as part of KOICA’s ‘Enhancement of the value chain of the Vietnamese craft industry’ program, on October 5, 2018, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The center focuses on a variety of activities, including supporting businesses, education (seminars, workshops, etc.), exhibitions, and consulting, in order to develop the design industry of both Korea and Vietnam.
Address : 17 Yết Kiêu, Nguyễn Du, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam

GLOBAL DESIGN NETWORKS

Since 2010, the Korea Institute of Design Promotion has begun widespread collaborations with Southeast Asian nations through the Asia Design Sharing Program. In 2011, the establishment of the Asia Design Sharing Council was initiated, laying a foundation for continued cooperation. Currently, a total of nine organizations from seven countries participate as members of the council. Annual meetings are held to share policies and programs of each member organization to develop the design industry in each country, and collaborative projects are being implemented to support design communities in each region.
* Member organizations : Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KOR), Malaysia Design Council (MYS), Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VNM), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (PHL), Design Center of the Philippines (PHL), Creative Economy Agency (THA), Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce (THA), Directorate Export Product Development, Ministry of Trade (IDN), DesignSingapore Council (SGP)
KDNEW is a focal point for connecting Korean design communities around the world. It is a bridge that connects overseas and domestic design circles through active knowledge and information exchanges among network members, and by introducing Korean designers working abroad to the domestic market. It also plays the role of a global ambassador to promote Korean design to the world. It was launched in November 2016, and is engaged in various activities, including education, exhibitions, and networking, taking place both locally and internationally.
The Korea Institute of Design Promotion initiates and implements numerous global programs in order to strengthen the competitiveness of Korean design on the world stage. As a member of the World Design Organization since 1973, KIDP acts as a bridge between the domestic and international design communities by constantly supporting mutually beneficial exchange activities based on MOUs signed with over 90 organizations around the globe.

KIDP DOMESTIC BRANCHES

The Korea Design Center, established and run by the Korea Institute of Design Promotion, is an important piece of design infrastructure which serves as a hub for the Korean design industry. It was built at a scale of 10,670 sq meters, with 8 stories above ground and 4 stories below ground, encompassing 46,950 sq meters of floor space. The space and facilities serve various functions with the KIDP’s Headquarter office, the DK Museum, DK Campus, Size Korea Center, Convention Hall, in addition to different design businesses, associations, and venture companies, all located at the center.
The Design Research Center is KIDP’s research institute located in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do. The center considers the role of design in a rapidly changing modern society, and various forms of research and study are conducted in relation to it. The center also supports SMEs and design companies to develop new products and improve their competitiveness to prepare for the future through research facilities, sharing/exhibiting study results, and by providing educational programs.
Address : 16, Busandaehak-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea
StyleTech is a new business sector that creates value through innovation by combining emerging technologies (AI, sensors, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, Blockchain, robots, new materials, etc.) with style fields such as fashion and beauty. StyleTech DKworks is a space which helps promising style technology companies to grow. In addition to office space, there is a meeting room for various collaborative activities, a studio for product filming, a seminar room for different events, and a UX studio for service/product experiences.
Address : 6F, 34 Yeongdongdae-ro85gil, Gangnamg-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 06180
Design-driven Manufacturing Innovation Centers (DKworks) have been established in smart industrial complexes in different regions selected by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to support small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in developing new businesses and products. Closely supporting the complete production cycle, from planning to manufacturing to marketing, DKworks aims to promote the growth of, and drive the innovation of, manufacturing companies through design.
Seoul : 1F, 90 Digitalro9Gil, GeumcheonGu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Gyeonggi-do : 1F, MiraeIncheiGyan, 2nd campus of Korea Polytechnic University, 65 MTVBukro, Siheung-si, Gyeong-Gi, Republic of Korea
Gyeongsangnam-do : 2F, Smartuptower, 44 ChaRyongRo48gil, Uichang-Gu, Changwon, Gyeongsangnamdo, Republic of Korea

DOMESTIC DESIGN NETWORKS

Since 2002, the Korean government has supported the establishment of Regional Design Centers (RDCs) in each regional economic zone of the country, to play a central role in promoting local design industries which will help balance regional development of the design industry as a whole, as well as the high value added by local specialized industries. Currently, a total of 5 RDCs have been established which are leading the development of the design industry in each region.

  • Gwangju Institute of Design Promotion (http://www.gdc.or.kr/eng)
    27, Cheomdangwagi-ro 176beon-gil, Buk-gu, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

  • Design Council Busan (http://www.dcb.or.kr/en/main)
    57, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea

  • Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center (http://www.dgdc.or.kr/)
    461, Dongdaegu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea

  • Daejeon Institute of Design Promotion (http://www.didp.or.kr)
    35, Techno 9-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

  • Gangwon Institute of Design Promotion (http://www.gidp.kr)
    46, Sakju-ro 145beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea

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