Nails of New York: Eunice Byun
Nails of New York: Eunice Byun
Meet our newest Nails of New York, Eunice Byun, the co-founder & CEO of Material Kitchen. A longtime lover of food and cooking, Eunice and a close friend saw an opportunity to bring home cooking and design together, so they started their own sustainable kitchenware brand.

How did you choose your nail look?


I'm a "classics with a twist" type of gal so when I came across this look, it felt very me. I love the delicate stud and the subtlety of the lavender against the pink.

Eunice Byun - Material Kitchen

Tell us about Material Kitchen and how you started it.


My love of food and the kitchen runs deep. Growing up, my father owned a restaurant so I was constantly around both. But it wasn't until I had my older daughter and started cooking more at home that I realized there was so much junk in my kitchen. A lot of the beautiful stuff went unused (mostly from my wedding registry), and the things I reached for daily left a lot to be desired. My good friend, Dave, and I saw an opportunity to bring design, edit, and sustainability into this space, and in doing so, Material was born. We're building the go-to destination for today's home cook, so that whatever you might need from counter to stove to table can be discovered via Material.

Material Kitchen

Anything exciting in the works for the brand?


We are design-obsessed so we're always cooking up something new. Later this year, we're launching two new categories—both of which bring joy to the kitchen—so stay tuned!

Eunice Byun - Material Kitchen

What's the best part of your job?


I love the creative process—imagining something, figuring out how to bring it to life, and then putting it out there. It's equal parts exhilarating and terrifying, but it's what I live for.

Eunice Byun - Material Kitchen

How do you press reset and relax?


Anything active—playing tennis, going to a Pilates class, an impromptu Encanto dance party with my two daughters.

Eunice Byun - Material Kitchen

What are your holy grail beauty products?


One of my girl friends got me into a daily gua sha routine. I use Augustinus Bader's face oil first and then massage away with my gua sha. I'm not a big makeup person, but ILIA’s DayLite highlighting powder is magical, especially when I'm not as well-rested as I'd like!

 


What are three of your go-to spots in NYC?


AM: Felix Roasting Coffee. Sure, the cups and decor are beautiful, but their drip coffee is delicious and my daily morning treat.

PM: Shuko. My husband and I love a good omakase and 10/10 times have had an amazing time here. Between the perfectly seasoned sushi rice and the '00 hip-hop soundtrack, it's become our go-to for a celebratory meal. 

Weekends: Union Square Greenmarket. My favorite stand is Lani's. They have the freshest produce and, oftentimes, Korean produce that is hard to find elsewhere (like perilla leaves and garlic chives). They also sell their own types of kimchi, which are all divine.