In the 2017 exhibition “The Architecture of Sou Fujimoto” organized in Hanoi by Handhome, there was a furniture named Wuffalo chair made by Vu Hoang Anh from Saigon. Many other creations were put on display at the event to show how the architect inspired Vietnamese designers in their work. Handhome did an interview with Vu Hoang Anh to further understand his creation as well as his thoughts on Sou Fujimoto.
Handhome: Why do you take part in this architectural exhibition?
Hoang Anh: I see this as a good opportunity for Vietnamese designers to observe, learn and exchange not only from renown names in the industry but also colleagues.
Why did you choose Wuffalo chair but not any other product?
I chose Wuffalo chair for Sou Fujimoto Inspired exhibition because it’s a simple product and everybody can relate to it.
To me, a furniture product doesn’t have to be stand out or become a highlight for the space. On the contrary, I want my creation to immerse gently in architectural spaces and make them more meaningful with its functionality.
This idea is conveyed through the display space at the exhibition, 4 black iron chairs are place in front of a wall that is also black. It’s like a question for the architects whether furniture has to be prominent admist the context, or it just needs to appear as a plain item and highlight its user’s life.
My design for this chair is affected by the simple thinking of Sou Fujimoto when he created spaces where people and their activities is prioritized. The results of this process are optimized, simple, friendly spaces that make everybody feels comfortable and immersed.
What did you learn from Sou Fujimoto’s design philosophy?
To me, the inspiration comes from how he thinks and approaches issues in the design. It’s so simple that everything could be materials for his architecture. As in Chicago Architectural Exhibition 2015, he brought mini models created from everyday items such as paper boxes, paperclips, ash trays or potato chips…
To Sou Fujimoto, architecture and design can come from everywhere and have no limit. It has shapen a simple yet energetic man, one who’s dedicated to his work and experimentation.
Which building of his do you like the most?
The collaboration between Sou and COS – a minimalist fashion brand is the project that gives me most inspiration. Light is it main material.
This aspect is optimized to create an elegant forest of light. It conveys COS’ design philosophy – one that is born form the simpicity and pure of colors, materials.
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