lifestyle • 31 Mar, 2017
Now Open: Thu Vén, The Dead Bird & Little Corner of Summer
A shared space that you might not recognise, because it changes all the time
6C Tu Xuong is not your average retail space. Based on the concept of sharing knowledge and sharing ideas, the team behind it won’t mind if you don’t even buy anything. Arriving out of a conversation just before Tet between the three brands Thu Ven, The Dead Bird and Little Corner of Summer, it’s a constant work-in-progress, changing decor which you can purchase every few weeks.
AnyArena spoke to one of it’s co-creator’s, Yen Nhan Nguyen, about how it came to be and her individual design philosophy.
Hi Nhan! What is the idea behind your brand Thu Vén and this space?
6C Tu Xuong is kind of a personal space that was created for me to experiment with interiors and home decor. There are styles that I like which require a lot of money and time to get right because I like to focus a lot on details, but these are not necessarily to a client’s taste. That’s why this space was born, so that I can have somewhere that satisfies my personal taste. After the space is created, people can buy whatever is on display, and I’ll use that money to buy new things and continue to experiment with new decorations. The space will change every fortnight, and I’ll focus on trying out new concepts as often as possible, so there’s really no particular style I’ll stick to.
In this current space, which corner is your favourite?
It’s hard to decide as it’s different for every concept. What I remember most is the first concept that I ever executed, which was an apothecary style. At the time Thu Vén didn’t have alot of money - about 1 million Vietnam dong. For a week I wandered vintage markets to find all of these old laboratory tools, bottles and furniture. With only 100.000 dong left, I went to Ho Thi Ky flower market to buy some leaves. After that I got to know a lot of ‘uncles’ and ‘aunties’ around Saigon, who have been given me so much help.
How did Khoi from The Dead Bird, Hoang from Little Corner of Summer, and you all get together in one space?
Khoi and Hoang were once Thu Ven customers. We became friends because we’re all very like-minded. Each of them do what they do because they love it, rather than for the money. Just before the lunar new year, we sat down and decided to open this small space at 6C Tu Xuong, so we can try and (maybe) fail together.
The space looks more like a cosy home of a friend than a home decor shop. If we were to visit it on the weekend, what would we see here?
On our Facebook page we say that this is not really a shop. There are things that we sell, but also items that we simply give away. The three of us want this space to be a place where people can share rather than just go shopping. For example, we keep a mini oven right outside the studio, some bread and books. So you don’t even have to come inside to buy stuff, just sit outside, have some bread and read a book, it’s totally okay. It’s not that we’re being completely selfless, because we do receive something back. We’re going to organise a few workshops for those who are interested, about natural rocks in jewelry, calligraphy, embroidery and cooking. Some of them will be free, because it’s all about sharing knowledge!
Address: 6C Tu Xuong, District 1
Words by Jon Aspin, Hoa Pham
Photos by Tuan Tran, Dat Pham