in the buoyant Chinese city of Cholon, which became one of Saigon's
districts, he is the son of a doctor who lived in the Mekong delta.
He left Vietnam, still a young boy, and spent his youth in Pennsylvania.
He went to a catholic boarding school in Drôme, a French province,
before he was granted a Master's degree in literature at Paris VIII
design in Berlin. Back home, he would think of everything but couldn't
remember anything, so he synthesized all modern styles and concepts.
towards pure, simple styles, he clears furniture's design of its
past, creates alternative dimensions to objects and speaks about
design in a way all can understand.
his including chairs, lamps and carpets are now displayed at Cooper-Hewitt
Museum in New York as well as Oslo and Paris Decorative Arts museums.
He handled projects for Seibu in Tokyo, won awards Grand Prix de
la Critique in 1989 and Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de
Paris the year after. In 1991, he designed Musée de la Poste and,
in 1995, Musée de la Contrefaçon.
years, he returned to Vietnam. There, he was reunited with his family
that had been scattered by the war and he fell in love again with
his native country. He formed a scheme for exhibitions on arts and
handicrafts of Vietnam that were favored by Galeries Lafayette and
Bon Marché department stores. In 1996, he established a trademark,
"Les Comptoirs d'Annam", that manufactures and sells his creations
and revised designs of ancestral Vietnamese handicraft. His quest
for traditional know-how and his search for noble, precious and
simple materials brought him in 1997 to participate in "Thaïlande,
Trésors d'Artisans", a tremendously successful exhibition that took
place in Paris at the Eiffel Tower with support of the Queen Sirikit
Foundation. "3 Suisses" chose him as home environment designer for
their 1998 Spring-Summer catalogue.
he works regulary with Jim Thompson Company in Bangkok : he 's designed
for this Foundation its Museum of Textile and the Arts as well as
furniture collection, edited by First Time in Paris.
of time to come, he carries his concepts through giving emphasis
to everyday natural objects, setting in place imperishable ideas