Where does your love for the plants stem from?
:The big impact seems to have come mostly from my childhood experiences and memories. Thanks to my parents who loved plants, we spent a lot of time in nature. I majored in graphic arts and came back to Korea to work as a graphic designer with an advertising company. I began pursuing this particular job with the idea to try and design and care for plants, which were my primary interest.
I wanted to provide people with more opportunities to get closer to plants
by combining design elements. At first, I designed the Moss Terrarium DIY Kit for the busy and fatigued people who ended up killing too many plants.
It was also meant to give people time to get away from their smartphones and computers
to spend some time touching the earth. I believe that offering a product designed in a package which offered the soil and moss rather than selling them separately was the key to our success.
The concept of "Slow + Pharmacy" suggests a relationship between plants and health. How can growing and taking care of plants influence our lifestyle and change the way we spend our day?
LGR: At the time I created my brand name, I think I was leading a very busy life and had no time to sort out my thoughts. In the midst of such a life, I have experienced the natural healing of the mind in the slow action of observing and taking care of my life by growing plants, which are also forms of life.
I hope that other people stressed by city life will also be able to take some time away from their smartphones and nurture their plants, enjoying leisure time just like me. That is how I came up with the brand name Slow + Pharmacy. I believe that raising and caring for plants has a greater impact on our lives than most people think. When plants enter your space, the space gains its own life. In turn, we get a chance to step away from our daily lives, even if for a short moment, and to clear our heads and start observing plants.