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Forever - A Short Film about Time and Space

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Forever - A Short Film about Time and Space

Inspiring our end of year and transition to a new one, this short film was commissioned by Vietcetera, to interpret one of our beliefs. What we craft is made for life. This contemplative story, shot in the northern Tam Dao hills of Vietnam, explores the poetry of time. FOREVER - directed by Morgan Ommer,  Winner of the Berlin Flash Festival October 2018.   Forever from Morgan Ommer on Vimeo.  

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District Eight’s Expanding Influences Shown In The Exeter And Foundry Collections

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District Eight’s Expanding Influences Shown In The Exeter And Foundry Collections

Eight years since their founding, District Eight continue to create furniture inspired by the industrial age. “Things were built to last and there was a well thought out element to even the most utilitarian objects or machinery,” co-founder Darren Chew told us last year. Today, games pieces by District Eight are helping local offices to integrate play into their workplace. And their furniture is a highlight of local rapidly expanding, design-conscious coffee chain Cheese Coffee. Their marketing manager Linh Tran recently told us that “Without District Eight’s vision and furniture pieces, we wouldn’t have been able to build the high-impact...

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A Look Inside AIA Vietnam’s Head Office And Connective Hub

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A Look Inside AIA Vietnam’s Head Office And Connective Hub

“It’s 3,000 square meters,” the Lab’s creative director Tuan Le says looking out across the first floor of AIA Vietnam’s head office. While AIA have been executing a strategy helping them to expand their innovative model across Vietnam, the award-winning organization have also been looking inwards to explore what kinds of spaces a modern life insurance company might inhabit. “The idea here really was to redefine what the headquarters of a life insurance company could look like in Vietnam,” Nhon Ly, AIA Vietnam’s chief strategy and marketing officer, says about his company’s partnership with designers, The Lab. In 2013, before...

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La Grange Interiors: Extending District Eight’s Global Reach

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La Grange Interiors: Extending District Eight’s Global Reach

From small beginnings in 2010, District Eight have gone global. The modern-industrial furniture company feature in over 20 stores in the States and another four in Europe. But here, in our latest spotlight on Vietnamese brand District Eight, we hone in on one of Vietnam’s most unexpected export markets, South Africa. With a notable presence in the design hubs of Kramerville, Johannesburg, Woodstock, and Cape Town, La Grange Interiors was established in 1996 and began working with District Eight in 2013. There we met with Sumari Krige, the proprietor of La Grange Interiors—a South African furniture distributor with “a passion...

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Nest By AIA Presents Its New Blank Bar And Event Space

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Nest By AIA Presents Its New Blank Bar And Event Space

“Even before you get into the space you get a sense that this is home,” Tuan Le, creative director of The Lab Saigon, smiles. The entranceway, scented with the oil used to treat its wood, is a first welcoming taste of nest by AIA. It was designed by The Lab, on the second floor of the Bitexco Tower, and its new event annex and Blank Bar—which used to be called Work—features District Eight’s modern-industrial furniture. The event annex and Blank Bar are the latest projects in the creative partnership between The Lab and AIA. “It’s a long story,” Tuan laughs....

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