Machining Valley Embassy (MVE) aims to initiate creative and economic collaborations between small-scale metal manufacturers in Mullae and designers in Eindhoven.
Exhibition furniture: Uit de Buurtfabriek
Graphic design: Lee, Sooji
In Seoul, many districts have developed focused industries that serve a distinctive function within the metropolitan area, much like a body part does in relation to the body. With a population of 32,000 people, the Mullae district is one of these areas with a traditional metal manufacturing industry. Mullae houses a rich community of small scale metal manufacturers and craftsmen, and has been providing the city with essential metal manufactures. As the contemporary industry of Seoul shifts, the demand for traditional metal manufacturing is fluctuating as well. While the metal manufacturing industry of Mullae is by no means endangered, it is undergoing a time of uncertainty that is demanding changes in their traditional way of working.