The Roof Stool

Trang Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | Wood: cherry, red oak and hard maple

Huyen Trang Nguyen is an interiors and furniture designer based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Trang graduated from the University of Architecture HCM city in 2019. She won the first prize of the Hoa Mai competition in 2018, co-organized by AHEC, and was also one of the winners of the Creative ASEAN Furniture Design contest 2018. Trang has always been fascinated by Vietnamese traditional-inspired furniture and that’s the reason for bringing her to the aspiration of renewing traditional values.

Nguyen looked at traditional Vietnamese roof tiles for her project, creating a collection of nesting stools that replicate the way the tiles overlap to hide the connecting structures below. Her simple stool design is inspired by traditional temple architecture and Vietnamese dresses, and features pins made of contrasting wood at the joint, which remains hidden when the stools are stacked and is revealed when in use. As people were spending more time at home, her design is imagined to provide extra seats, while creating a beautiful composition when not in use.