Hanoi Design Centre
Part gallery, part shop, part education facility, and part weekend café, the Hanoi Design Centre is four floors of well-curated Vietnamese design. The Centre, a collaboration between the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association and Lund Design School in Sweden, was established last year with the aim of creating high-quality Vietnamese crafts. “We hope to make international buyers look at Vietnam not as a low-cost factory but as a destination for unique design and product quality,” says Hang Pham, a communication officer for the Centre. From creative packaging to assistance with international networking, the Centre aims to help local craftsmen navigate the world of fair trade products. Located on one of Hanoi’s busiest streets, the Centre is an airy, open-plan space decorated with hanging light installations and long tables loaded with products. Visitors can view the design showrooms, watch production demonstrations, and shop for a range of home wares and accessories. Standout items include necklaces featuring buffalo horn and multicolored loom weavings.
91 Au Co St, Tay Ho District; 84-9/8406-7599; Hanoi Design Centre