Sơn Chà

Crafting Futures supports the future of craft around the globe. This British Council programme strengthens economic, social and cultural development through learning and access. Crafting Futures’ projects support practices and people, through research, collaboration and education.

We journey through untrodden tracks in northern Vietnam seeking traditional village crafts so as to understand, learn and eventually, develop contemporary designs that promote our Asian heritage, aesthetics and lifestyle. Though this, we hope to educate the values and beauty of craft making and at the same time, provide exposure to different cultures and way of life for us. 

Crafting Futures endeavors to be a sustainable social design project. This project searches for the roots of traditional Asian craft that is fast losing its popularity and documents ours expedition and interaction in the village, with the people and their crafts. we hope to promote and sustain these crafts by applying them to newly developed products that are of relevance to today’s contemporary living.

Though this programme, we have the opportunity to learn and acquire these skills to develop the new and contemporary object typology within its local context.​​​​​​​

3D model

3D printed model – Scale: 1/7.5

The Sơn Chà side table is the perfect companion to its lounge chair counterpart, adding a hint of comfort while enhancing the design at the same time. The side table once again shows in its own solid oak interlacement, the precision and workmanship of our master artisans. Cap made by Phú Vinh artisans, high-quality material, the whole process is handmade, it takes two weeks to finish. The inspiration came from a residency programme at Phú Vinh village, and I was attracted by the history of over three centuries of traditional rattan handicraft and bamboo weaving.

Việt collection that combines modern forms with Vietnamese traditional handcraft skills. The language of the collection, though embracing simplicity and lightness of form, suggests a nostalgia for the Indochine period once left the influence on my culture. I work with artisans from bamboo and rattan villages in Vietnam to understand the material. Its perforation texture lightens up the black stained wood with a touch of delicacy from the brass detail. I hope, through Việt collection, I could introduce a bit of my tradition to the world.

Dimensions (mm)
Side Table: H450 x W390 x D390mm 

All materials used:
Woven-Cane Rattan 
Charred oak 


Rattan cap –  natural color
Final product
VIFA Expo 2019


With thanks to the team at Curator9102.

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