Three Vietnamese designers are heading to the 2018 London Design Biennale for the first time from 4-23 September 2018.
They are: Fashion Designer Thao Vu of Kilomet 109 who is elevating traditional fabric making to contemporary couture; Multidisciplinary designer Giang Nguyen who is trawling through past decades to unearth patterns, fonts and colours that only get better with age and contemporary subversion; Visual artist and VJ Le Thanh Tung (Crazy Monkey) who inserts the symbolism of yesteryears into multimedia genres.
The three designers maintain their cultural roots in their approach to work. Their exhibition will be curated in a way to highlight this overriding cultural theme and the unity of their work – being at once an extension and part of one another, showcasing the complexity of the Vietnamese identity today, a unity made up of diversity.
Putting the designers work together is designer and curator Claire Driscoll who has been collaborating with contemporary Vietnamese artists and designers and promoting their work at the art and design studio Work Room Four which she co-founded in Hanoi in 2013.
The team is raising funds for the trip on Go Fund Me page.
The 2018 London Design Biennale is devoted to the theme “Emotional States”. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, it will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality.
A highlight on the global cultural calendar, the biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in the capital to celebrate the universal power of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures. A unique exhibition presenting the best design in the world from established and emerging designers, architects, scientists, writers and artists.
Visitors will enjoy engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world. Over 40 countries, cities and territories will reveal how design influences our emotions.