Q+A: La Vallee de Dalat Design Firm Asiatique

Posted by Balcony Media's Scott Resch | in Interviews | on 04-25-2013

Aline Ho (left) and Nguyen Dinh Quan studied Dalat's architecture before developing La Vallee de Dalat's masterplan.
Aline Ho (left) and Nguyen Dinh Quan studied Dalat's architecture before developing La Vallee de Dalat's masterplan.
What do you get when you combine interior design specialist Aline Ho and entrepreneurial architect Nguyen Dinh Quan?

The answer is Asiatique, a Saigon-based design firm that conceived the look and feel of some of Vietnam's most attractive properties, including La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc, Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang and, of course, La Vallee de Dalat.

Earlier this month, I sat down with the dynamic duo and gathered their thoughts about houses in Vietnam, what drew them to La Vallee de Dalat, who has inspired them over the years, what impression they'd like for potential buyers to leave with, and more. The transcript of that interview follows …

Before we truly get started, tell us about your backgrounds.

Aline: I was born in Vietnam but lived in France for 12 years. I got my start in the business in 1993, with a restaurant project in Hong Kong, under the tutelage of a designer in New York. Subconsciously, I was always inspired by French design and culture. But I always wanted to come back here, to Vietnam, and do what I could to promote Vietnam as a country. People come to me because I have that mix. It helps lot — spending time abroad, and then coming here. You see things in a different way. Our firm specializes in interior design, but obviously, with Quan, we do architecture as well.

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