Patterns & People

Audrey Charles, the Creative Director behind fashion label Metiseko, talks cultural inspiration, textile designing and respecting local artisans Prior to your post as Creative Director at Metiseko, you also worked in interior and furniture design. What drew you to the world of textile art and fashion designing? How are the two industries different and similar?

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In and Out of The Box

Meet the mulitmedia visual designer and innovative art solution gurus behind The Box Collective Trung Le, founder of visual design studio The Box Collective (www.theboxcollective.tv), has an office with a glass door that on Oi’s visit bore the dry erase markers plans of their upcoming project: the 2020 New Year’s countdown on Nguyen Hue. It’s

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Go, Go, Go

After moving to Hanoi, graphic designer Eisen Bernardo realized how motorbikes were integral to life in Vietnam, not just as a mode of transportation but for running errands. “Every day I see amazing, funny, bizarre things being carried on motorbikes. This is just my way of documenting my favorites. It is kind of metaphorical for

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Art Direction

As one of the leading, important art galleries in the city, Oi asks Galerie Quynh to highlight works of three emerging artists they represent. Tran Duy Hung’s profile of the artists and their work are done with a keen, expert eye that allows us to better connect with the art. Galerie Quynh (118 Nguyen Van Thu, D1; www.galeriequynh.com) has been promoting

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The Building of An Architect

The function of a building is just one of many things an architect has to think about when designing From a layman’s perspective, the business of architecture resonates with grandeur. The word calls to mind grand designs and an intellectual flair, but as Marek Obtulovič tells it, these are images conjured up by the egomaniac, who

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Dress to Impress

Celebrated ao dai designer-artist Si Hoang speaks about opening Vietnam’s only museum Dedicated to this traditional long dress One of Vietnam’ s most iconic ao dai designers, Si Hoang is as much a philosopher as he is an artist. That is the one factor that has earned him a prestige for his traditional fashions on

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Read All About It

The trend for offering bespoke libraries in luxury resorts and hotels has been quietly catching on “Cicero’s dictum is that a room without a book is like a body without a soul. That said, books to me are like paintings. I’ve seen many hotels with great works of art in them, but not many with

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Step Outside

Look Around. What you see is who you are. Where you live defines you. Your street, your neighborhood, your market, your museum, your art, your café, your crime: They all seep into your identity. Your city and its surroundings are the history around your life – they should speak to you about you, and you

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Bright Ideas

An illuminating lesson in lamps, fixtures and bulbs to create a flattering home When most people embark on a design project, a lot of thought goes into furniture style, color palette, texture and materials. But to highlight all of these choices you need the main component – lighting. This essential part of your design scheme

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From Floor To Wall

Encaustic tile is nothing new. They’ve been around since medieval times, but they’re currently enjoying a bit of a moment. Whether in intricate curlicues or modern geometric patterns, they always have a certain ‘been here forever’ rustic charm. Quynh and her family certainly understand the tile’s ‘forever’ charm – they come from a long tradition

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