They may not be the most functional kitchen accessories, but these Korean-themed magnets are a good reminder that sometimes it's nice to splurge on useless trinkets.
The magnet sets were designed for the MoMA's Destination: Seoul collection by Hui Eun Chang, intended as a celebration of South Korean traditions and lifestyle. The Korean Meal set features bean-paste pot stew, fried fish, rice, fried egg, and kimchi. If one plate of Kimchi isn't enough, you can opt for the Kimchi set, which includes stuffed cucumber kimchi, radish kimchi, DongChiMi (a variety consisting of daikon radish, Chinese cabbage, spring onions, fermented green chili, ginger, Korean pear, and watery brine), and cabbage kimchi.
The sets remind me of some my more memorable dining experiences. Since I work just a stone's throw away from Manhattan's famous Chinatown, most of the local lunch venues provide bibimbap, a Korean dish featuring rice, vegetables, meat, and fried egg. During the summers, local specialty farmers make their own kimchi and sell it in a variety of flavors at the farmer's markets in the city. In general, as one of the world's most celebrated melting pots of ethnic traditions and cuisines, New York City has been a great place to sample some of the Korean dishes featured in this magnet set.
The sets are crafted out of clay, resin, and iron, and are available for $30 each from the MoMA Design Store.