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Interview with Khoi Tran Nguyen Bao

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Khoi Tran Nguyen Bao (KTNB) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Khoi Tran Nguyen Bao by clicking here.

Interview with Khoi Tran Nguyen Bao at Tuesday 2nd of June 2020
Khoi Tran Nguyen Bao
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
KTNB: I majored in Product Design major at Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Vietnam. Before that, I studied art at a college for a few years. I love to draw my thoughts on a blank page; the excitement and also challenge when creating something new that made me become a designer. I think that no career brings more real value to my life than designing.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
KTNB: At present, I do not own a company or a design studio. I am working full time for a big Vietnamese furniture manufacturing company.

FS: What is "design" for you?
KTNB: For me, "design" is the way you solve a problem.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
KTNB: I like to design things with modern shape like transportation, plastic furniture..

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
KTNB: I'm satisfied with the things I have designed. I am working hard and waiting for it to appear in the future.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
KTNB: It's an outdoor furniture collection I designed when I was a student. It gave me a trip aboard to expand my design mindset.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
KTNB: I love wood, glossy metal such as stainless steel, alluminium...Modern CNC machining technology is quiet interesting.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
KTNB: I often feel the most creative in the early morning or when I am reading a book.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
KTNB: The impressive first look, details and the applicability of product are which I focus more during designing.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
KTNB: That is excitement and a little rush. I try to catch emotions and thoughts as quickly as possible.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
KTNB: So very happy.

FS: What makes a design successful?
KTNB: I think that is the satisfaction of the person who owns and uses them. Or the way it blends into daily life most naturally.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
KTNB: I consider whether its form and functions are suitable for design purpose. Is it convenient for users?

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
KTNB: Those are questions that must be given frequently: how to meet customer expectations for products, but whose production processes are limited to minimize environmental harm.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
KTNB: I think the "design field" is evolving in a way that is closer to the needs of people than ever before. It increasingly understands the psychology of users. The future of design is smart products, more friendly to the environment.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
KTNB: It was 2 years ago at the international fair Vifa Home 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Whether or not my next exhibition will happen depends on whether I can create good designs anymore.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
KTNB: They come from the interesting things I suddenly discovered in life. Reading books, drawing sketches, looking at beautiful pictures everyday, having fun with everyone is how I feed my creativity. My sources of inspirations are curiosity, like to make things different.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
KTNB: My design style is aimed at modernity, keeping things as simple and logical as possible. I love a phrase adopted by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe "Less is more". Main characteristics of my style is to combine smooth and coherent lines, eliminating the extra details. I like using neutral tones. Market research is my approach to design.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
KTNB: I live in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Yes, the cultural heritage of my country partially influences my design. The pros during designing is that it brings uniqueness to the work and the cons is that you can not leave those features intact, you have to adjust to fit the general design trend in the world.

FS: How do you work with companies?
KTNB: I work full time.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
KTNB: Let designers try their best, don't put too many restrictions in the beginning, do not too urge them. And most importantly, encourage them. I am not sure how can companies select a good designer, as long as good designers match their needs.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
KTNB: It is like the design process of other designers: Read carefully the design requirements, refer to the new design trends, express ideas by hand sketches or computer. Continuous exchange with customers and technicians until the product is complete.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
KTNB: Armchair, sofa, bookshelf, bench and coffee table.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
KTNB: That is the life like other office officials.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
KTNB: Hard working, listening and keep the optimism.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
KTNB: Positives: Have wide knowledge base from culture to technology, an interesting personality. Negative: Sometimes the work will follow me into sleep.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
KTNB: That's the golden ratio application my way.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
KTNB: Independent thinking and communication skills.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
KTNB: I use some software as Rhinoceros, Photoshop, Auto cad..for work. I enjoy reading books that describe art and design through the ages

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
KTNB: I sort and prioritize what must be done.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
KTNB: It depends on the size of the project.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
KTNB: "How did you do that?"

FS: What was your most important job experience?
KTNB: Every place I work, every client I meet gives me different experiences, so it's hard to say which is the most important.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
KTNB: They are businesses that need to buy designs to produce and introduce.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
KTNB: Industrial Design because it brings out the variety of things that I create.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
KTNB: I will work for manufacturing businesses a few years to accumulate more knowledge. The next is a new product line for furniture.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
KTNB: In daily work, I work as team. For individual projects, I develope my designs myself.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
KTNB: I will talk about it when it is done.

FS: How can people contact you?
KTNB: Email: khoitran5490@gmail.com

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
KTNB: These questions are enough and Ok.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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