Moving Forward

Welcome to the third dimension of graphic designing Dinh Phuong Tung had been working as a career 2D graphic designer when he decided to make the turn into 3D design two years ago. He’s taken an autodidact approach to the career change electing to teach himself, which he described as “a painful process. A lot

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Invitation to Travel

Oi speaks to Charles Gallavardin, Founder, General Director and Architect at T3 Architects, on their first project designing the cruise ship Emerald Harmony What was it like to work on the design of a ship compared to a land-based project? It is very exciting to work on a river cruise ship project as it was

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Walk With Purpose

Saigon Photowalk (SPW, www.facebook.com/Saigonphotowalk) is a group of local and international photography enthusiasts who regularly explore and capture the essence of Ho Chi Minh City. Started in 2018, Juan Carlos Duran Solorzano created a movement of like-minded creatives, aiming to document Saigon’s dynamic street scenes, daily life and more. Built on the foundations of respect

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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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Less, Better and With a Vietnamese Soul

Find out why industrial designer Neo Nguyen describes himself as an idea-to-product translator Modern Minimalist design was first championed by architect Mies van der Rohe, who famously used the words “Less is more” to describe his design style, referring not only to how something looks, but also the components that make it function. Industrial designer

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Coming Home Again

In 1974 Thanh Lan was at the height of her career in Saigon, now 45 years later she returns to the city to relive her glory days A voice has returned to Saigon that has been absent for a long time and is once again home. First returning to Saigon in 2017 after an absence

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Expat Expectations

Often frustrated, disappointed or angry? Learn how shifting your expectations can create more peace and wellbeing Let’s talk about expectations. You’ve recently moved to a new country, or perhaps you’re an expat already well adjusted to living abroad. Do your expectations influence your day-to-day experience? Do your expectations impact how you respond to the daily

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Delivering A Helping Hand

Having a doula in the delivery room is increasingly common – and for good reason At the time of publication, doula Ann Fenton could be activated at any moment. At any minute she could get the call from the pregnant woman she’s been working with in Ho Chi Minh City, a client who she’s met

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Mind Your Kids

Creating mindful children one breath at a time Yoga Joy Saigon (yogajoysaigon.com) opened three years ago in 2016 by American Alison Lockwood. Alison, from Marblehead, Massachusetts, came to reside in Vietnam in 2007, working as a teacher when she met her Vietnamese husband while volunteering for Saigon Children’s Charity. At the time she wasn’t thinking

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