Chuyên, 29 – frame constructor.

“I’ve been working here for three years, since I left my hometown in the south to come to Saigon. I used to look after baby shrimp in the delta, getting them to grow up big and fat.”

 

Furniture, mid-century style

“I’ve gotten pretty quick at putting together the frame for the Mimi – whether it’s the armchairs, sofas, footstools or ottomans. I can make a three-seater frame in just 30 minutes. It’s what I specialise in. The trick is to stay totally focused and move at lightning speed.”

 

Furniture, mid-century style

Chuyên pauses for a break and a quick chat, and when he takes off his safety mask it reveals the biggest smile. “I may be quick at this, but I’m much better at football. I play on Sundays with my friends from the workshop and I’m the best. I bet I could play for Vietnam if I tried.”

 

Chuyên builds the frames for our mid-century style Mimi collection.

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