Bridge builders: Vietnamese design firm District Eight links industrial and elegant

District Eight’s industrial designs
District Eight’s industrial designs are inspired by complex bridge engineering
(Image credit: Benjamin Swanson)

Inspired by bridge construction, the ‘Kahn’ dining table, by Ho Chi Minh City-based design studio District Eight, is a smart piece of flexible engineering. Imagined for group gatherings as well as singular office use, the rectangular oak top sits on a blackened steel wire frame and polished concrete legs, cast by local artisans. The table forms part of a series of furniture by the Vietnamese group that merges industrial finishes with a sleek appearance.

Pictured: ‘Bazaar’ Paper vase, €17, by Marcel Baer, for Octaevo. ‘Balance’ Box, €70, by Philippe Malouin, for Umbra shift. ‘Neri’ pen, €42, by Giulio Iacchetti, for Internoitaliano. ‘Void’ clock, €59, by Eugeni Quitllet, for Lexon. ‘MÖJA’ table Lamp, €450, by Léonard Kadid, for Polit. Navigator Notes, €12, by Marcel Baer, for Octaevo. ‘Uncino’ chair, £969, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Mattiazzi, from Viaduct. ‘Crimson‘ Emulsion, £43 per 2.5 litres, by Zoffany. ‘Velvet Platinum Soft’ tiles, £99 for 80cm x 80cm, By World’s End Tiles.

As originally featured in the April 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (*205)


For more information, visit the Distict Eight website

Photography: Benjamin Swanson

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.