|FAE: What inspired you to become a designer?
Toan Nguyen : I think it all began when I was a kid. I loved drawing a lot and, while trying to say that I wanted to be a “dessinateur” – illustrator in French, I always misspelled to “dessineur” which actually sounds like “designer”. Call me revisionist but I think that was the beginning of my vocation as a designer.
Growing up, I attended a one of a kind school: ENSCI, still today the only one in France dedicated exclusively to industrial design. The school, also called “Les Ateliers” – workshops in English, gave me the opportunity to experiment many different fields from craftsmen handwork to photography, video and so on.