Van Anh N.
Specializing in Interior Design and Architectural Technology, Van Anh finds her inspirations in Scandinavian minimalism, but also appreciates the more historical styles of subtle abundance such as Victorian or Georgian. Through the years she has traveled to several countries and experienced various cultures, from Vietnam to Japan, China, UK, Belgium and currently Denmark - the new design center of the world. All those experience enable her to work on both general and highly specialized design projects.
We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?
Interior design to me is not just about a beautiful room. It's the people who live and work in that room that fascinate me. Engaging in a project enables me to think, to see and to feel things way other people think, see and feel about a place. I learn so much about the way different people, different cultures experience and utilise different spaces. And even better, I am part of shaping those experiences, helping to invigorate the atmosphere and thus inject positive energy into the various activities which go on in that space.
Tell us your biggest design secret:
When you look to redesign a room, it's not always best to throw out everything you have and start fresh. Sometimes the biggest surprise lies in those items seating right in front of your eyes. You just have to look at them differently, use your imagination. Take a good look around and think - new colours, new surface cover, new position, and most exciting of all - new usage. "Think out of the box" as they always say. Might seem easier said than done, but practicing will help you go a long way.
What drives you to design?
I believe interior design does not belong exclusively to those that are better-off in life. Everyone should be entitled to a good and beautiful home, just like you are entitled to food. Only when you have a nice home to yourself can you really start focusing on your work and your contribution to society and to other people's well-being. I want to be part of the effort to make good design more affordable and hence closer to all and improve their living standard.