Tran Thi Kim Yen (VN)
"How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to" _ J.W.Goethe.
That's why I always challenge myself in many different fields. I'm a 5th year product design student studying my Bachelor of Industrial Design at HCMC University of Architecture and will have graduated by the July 2012. I've worked as a furniture designer for AA Corporation over a year and this job leads me to the great chance to be trained as a SPIN consultant in May 2011 and now I'm joining Future Living Studio. I love the idea I can change the world in someway somehow. Designing, books, music,swimming, dancing, travelling, teaching, languages, astronomy, family and good friends etc. are big parts of my life. People say that I'm greedy but I think It's a "selective greediness".
Trinh Ha Giang (VN)
Giang is an industrial design student and writer, who shows curiosity about everything and wills to take on any adventures. She studies her Bachelor of Industrial Design at HCMC University of Architecture and had an internship at Scancom Vietnam in her third year. Besides school, for the past two years, she has written for local children's magazines. She also volunteers for many local groups including Saigon Hotpot and TEDxMekong. Now Giang is completing her senior year and joining Future Living Studio as her most recent project.
Nguyen Thanh Tan (VN)
Tan is an architect and lecturer. He likes playing the guitar and singing old Vietnamese folk songs. He is the president of the Ho Chi Minh Designer's Club.
Thomas Pleeging (NL)
In 2008 I traveled around south-India for a month where I befriended a family of local jewelers in Hyderabad who showed me their way of working and their city. In 2009 I made a trip through Morocco, where I managed to become a temporary grocery store manager in a tiny fishing village. This were amazing experiences that showed me I can find my way in a different culture and make meaningful connections with people from a totally different background and culture than mine. For me as a designer discovering new worlds and creating connections is one of my greatest passions. That is why the project in Vietnam is something that makes me very enthusiastic, including the aspect of sustainability.
Renske Solkesz (NL)
I always try to not only design functional objects, but to tell a story through my products. To me the products that people choose to surround themselves with are important vehicles for meaning. For people to develop a durable and meaningful relation with those objects, the story they tell should be coherent. I think that the rapidly digitalizing (western) society makes our need for authentic objects with a real story more apparent...
Connie Yeh (US/NL)
Connie is developing skills to flexibly move through the disciplines of design, engineering, and art. Throughout, she maintains a strong spine of values and responsibilities. Designers have the potential of being superheroes or supervillains by influencing how they interact with our increasing artificial world. Connie wants to be in the league who use their powers for "good." She started from mechanical engineering at MIT, then flew over the ocean to integrate it with industrial design at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Her current focus is on the user experience.
- Shauna Jin (US) - Project Founder and Manager
*first names in bold. By Vietnamese convention surnames are printed first; by Western convention given name is printed first.