East meets West – this is the background for the creative work of Design Methods from South Korea. Opened by three product and graphic designers –Sukjin Moon, Sangpil Lee and Kihyun Kim – this studio works on a large number of projects, primarily in the product, furniture and interior design areas, and has been awarded a number of international design prizes. Special importance is attached to sustainability, with the emphasis on innovative technologies and materials. The studio’s design maxim can be summed up in one word: simplicity. For Schönbuch, the trio has created the 0550. umbrella stand.