After South Africa we felt inspired to continue working and cooperating with craftsmen in other countries. The idea of going to Vietnam started taking shape, and eventually we established contact with UMA, a Vietnamese furniture company.
A necessary and important source of influence is the country and the culture. That is why we want to travel without any final ideas and through visiting different craftsmen find inspira- tion for our work.
After eating a lot phó bò - and trying to cross the busy streets of Hanoi without getting run over by a motorbike loaded with pigs - we came into contact with sea grass and plastic weavers in Ho Chi Minh City. These Vietnamese crafters usually make small bowls with paper thread fixed around rolls of sea grass. After spending some time with the weavers and rethinking our first ideas, we realized that we could scale up the dimensions of the rolls. And having seen people in the streets selling hammocks made out of colorful thread we found the right combination. And fortunately the owner Nam Phuong spoke English so that we could communicate our ideas more than just - Xin chào (hello).
Since the Vietnamese weavers copied a lot of African patterns in their work, we didn ́t want to use that. Instead we worked together with Swedish illustrator Malin Koort, who helped us develop the patterns for the series.
Gradually the Superheroes series took form. A lounge concept merging Vietnamese crafts and Scandinavian design. Called Superheroes because we felt the Vietnamese people were almost like Superheroes, being so polite and not at all bitter towards strangers after all the wars that has troubled the country, not just the American one.
The Superheroes are now being sold by Cappellini.