Toan Nguyen is a French industrial designer living in Milan who was born in Paris in 1969. He graduated from the ENSCI (Paris) in 1995. After experiences in Paris and Barcelona, he pursued his career with Antonio Citterio, where he took over as head of design and became design partner, co-signing over ten years more than forty products for Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, FLOS, Iittala, KARTELL, Technogym and Vitra, amongst others, before founding his own studio in 2008.
Since then he has designed specific collections with an elegance that hits the mark, essential as well as spectacular, pushing the details to their maximum: the Bellows collection of occasional tables and poufs for Walter Knoll; the MU outdoor range for Dedon projecting sofa standards to a new level; the table Wow for Lema; the ambitious Lagunitas system with Coalesse; the profuse Contemporary Collection for Fendi Casa; the iconic Penta armchair for Viccarbe; the innovative INO range in SaphirKeramik developed by Laufen; the architectural and complex Algorithm lighting system for Vibia and the Infinito Lounge collection and Masalla tables for the new premium brand Studio TK addressing the needs of the contract market.
“I like the direct and sometimes rudimentary aspect of objects that are open to immediate interpretation, not requiring any explanation or conceptual pretexts. I focus on reduction to achieve an object free from anything superfluous. Not like a dogma or an aesthetic line, but like a principle of economy, or even of ecology on every front: in the productive process; the matter and materials; the specific functionality, but also in the gestures and the expression.” His creative line can be summarized in a phrase, harnessed through chance encounters that he refers to on a daily basis, “Anything that has no use to me weighs me down.”
The Bellows Collection designed for Walter Knoll has won a Red Dot Design Award in 2010 and Antero, designed for Laufen, has obtained the Red Dot Design Award 2012