Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Khoi Tran Nguyen Bao ("KTNB") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
KTNB : I majored in Product Design major at Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Vietnam. Before that, I studied art at a college for a few years.
KTNB : To free my thoughts. My interest in drawing from childhood has led me to design profession.
KTNB : I chose.
KTNB : Previously, I used to design industrial products such as: transport, lighting, home appliances, pedicure spa..Now, I want to focus on furniture field.
KTNB : Hard working, listening, keep optimism.
KTNB : Based on how people perceive and position their products. A good designer brings a good product, a great designer brings a story, I think so.
KTNB : A really good design: No need to change anything anymore.. I evaluate a good design depends on customer satisfaction.
KTNB : That is the benefit it brings to its users. Everyone invest in good design because of its potential, a good design goes a long way.
KTNB : For those I find interesting.
KTNB : It is ahead. But I don't think too much about it, I try my best in any project I design, always remember the achievements.
KTNB : Thinking coherently, persistence, work hard, read a lot. view a lot, always find opportunities.
KTNB : I learn quiet many from design myths from fashion to product design, architecture and interior. I admire the constant working of Karl Lagerfeld, the utmost sophistication in his design; the crazy of John Galliano. Quasar Khanh, Philippe Starck, Karim Rhasid, Zaha Hadid..are also legends that their freedom in creativity, the mixing of science and artistic inspired me.
KTNB : I like Louis Ghost Chair of Philippe Starck, B306 of Le Corbusier's studio, The Animal Chair by Máximo Riera..They teach me how a beautiful structure, the unique thinking about using material, shapes..
KTNB : That is the Nervure Chair in cast alluminum furniture line of Quasar Khanh. It is a love poem, a perfect simulation from nature with beautiful lines and superb craftmanship.
KTNB : Practive.
KTNB : I will open a small bookstore, serving coffee too.
KTNB : Design is a game of thinking. You do not want someome to give you a complete set of instructions from start to end like the installation guide of a Ikea's table.
KTNB : My family. I love them.
KTNB : I think I am not a great designer yet. What helps me improve is effort and curiousity.
KTNB : There are always obstacles on your way such as getting used to new technologies, skills and things in life that govern your work. Thinking that you are already a design master will be a burden to the creative process. Be carefree like the kids.
KTNB : Talk less, do more. Try to show the best possible.
KTNB : That is still furniture. The wood processing and furniture manufacturing industry in Vietnam is growing fast and stably. So designers like us have a lot of work to do. I am working hard to introduce better products in the future.
KTNB : Is to contribute to making life more meaningful in my own way.
KTNB : What will the world look like?
KTNB : The starting point of the design is the problem. The more well-solved problems, the better society is.
KTNB : The furniture items really suit the people, climate and culture of Vietnam.
KTNB : These are things that I feel are more special than anything I have designed, and they also get good feedback from clients. Mekong Writing Desk is the project I am most proud of ever. It makes the dream "A' Design Award& Competition" come true.
KTNB : Minimize pollution to the environment, especially water sources. Every product that is no longer in use is completely recyclable. I wish one day, a commodity would be discharged. a tree would be planted.
KTNB : Inventions in technology and materials.
KTNB : It depends on the size of the project.
KTNB : Doing projects is my daily work.
KTNB : Don't rush, calm down and enjoy. Don't turn yourself nto a printer.
KTNB : A trend can originate from any event, sometimes it is accidental.
KTNB : Suggestions.
KTNB : The softwares support 2D graphics and 3D modelling.
KTNB : That is the ingredients to make a delicious cake.
KTNB : I like detailed questions, especially prices. (laugh)
KTNB : Its designer is admirable.
KTNB : Who support my limitations. I believe, as long as the specific work of each person clearly defined.
KTNB : People with objective thoughts.
KTNB : There are some books I love that affect me. "What is product design?" by Laura Slack, "Bauhaus" by Magdalena Droste..are examples.
KTNB : Always learning. Observing, analyzing and drawing should be a habit.
KTNB : Karl Lagerfeld.
KTNB : I appreciate the achievements I had. I do not think much about the famous because the world is moving so fast and there is a lot to do.
KTNB : Color: Emerald Green. Place: Saigon. Food: banh mi (Vietnamese Baguette). Season: Winter. Thing: LC4 Chair. Brand: Cassina.
KTNB : In 2014, I displayed an outdoor relaxing chair, its shape resembles a Vietnamese national musical instrument. People were afraid and did not want to try until I sat comfortably, they laughed a lot.
KTNB : That is thinking about pre-bed ideas and wanting the morning comes quickly to draw those ideas. The desire to create something new or improve my skills are the ways I motivate myself.
KTNB : When I was a child, the internet wasn't quite as developed as it is now. I realized that I was able to draw and just care for those premitive works. As I get older with more information, I define what a designer is like and learn to be a designer. But with the title of great designer, instead of always thinking that sweetness, I try to do jobs better yesterday and make the right decisions.
KTNB : The future will be very difficult. People are more and more afraid climate change. They are also too fed up with the huge amount of waste that is released every day. In a hundred years, I see a dark grey color filled with garbage, human greed and impasse. But I also see a green color when people know enough, realizing that luxury matter is not as valuable as napping under green trees. Nature will be harsher but human will adapt. Each product produced will be assessed as rigorously as possible and environmental protection values are higher than the cost.
KTNB : I wish when they travel to Vietnam, see the peaceful countryside along the Mekong River, they will remember my "wooden boat", of a designer who constantly strives to make better works.
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