Saturday, July 30, 2016

Henie Kim’s Mohenic Garages

From time to time I like to divert from my outdoor recreation genre and expose my readers and followers to something different. Just to let you know I am a prolific reader of CNN online. Today on CNN there was a article on a Korean furniture designer how has ventured into the art of automobile rebuilding. His name is Henie Kim.

 After a budding career in the Korean furniture industry during the mid-2000s he closed up shop only because cheap Chinese furniture put him out of business. He then morphed into a fashion photographer where he honed his creativity until 2012 when he rebuild his Hyundai Galloper SUV for camping. This set him up to start Mohenic Garages in 2013. From that point on Henie Kim has been using his creative side to rebuild Hyundai Galloper SUVs which are in demand in Korea today. 

He purchased used Hyundai Galloper SUVs for $2,000 - $3,000. Today his completely rejuvenated Gallopers can sell upwards to $80,000. His creations are truly a work of art.

Why I liked this article because it highlights how simple automobile and SUV designs are still in demand. Today’s automobile and SUV designers are like home builders that build the biggest most expensive house on the smallest lot to maximize profit. We need to go back to basics will less expensive vehicles like the original peoples car the VW Beetle that sold for $1,800 back in the early 1960s. Today VW is a premium car not for your average Joe. My car is a 1999 Honda CRV LX with 280,000 miles on it. I paid about $18,000 for it in California. A new 2016 CRV LX has a MSRP just north of $24,000. Since 1999 Honda designers have slowly added more and more features to the CRV lineup driving the cost up each year.

 HERE of a great article on Henie Kim and HERE to visit his web page.
Henie Kim shows that simple car designs can be just as beautiful as cars today. His work is truly art. All these photos are from Henie Kim's webpage.  He should open a Mohenic Garage here in the U.S. or make his creations using an American spec SUV like the original Toyota Land Cruiser.  If you cannot wait for Henie Kim to come to america, you can go to the Barrett Jackson auction website.  They have large collection of vintage Toyota Land Cruisers.

 Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.

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