Chef-photographer Văn Trần made this meal and took this picture, on our cover, this week. Stories about home, belonging, identity and crossing cultures intertwine over dinner conversations at a series of invite-only popup events in HCMC through September and October, 2020, and their highlights are enclosed in these pages. It's personal, it's sharing, and it's deep, which is why it's for members-only.
This issue's lead story, 'Home,' is by contributing writer Quân Nguyện, who is currently abroad in Aarhus, Denmark.
The lead story here is a poem. It's called 'Home.' it is by Quân Nguyễn, who had previously submitted a story about his time abroad Denmark, at a 'Julefrokost' party in Aarhus. Anyone who has struggled with life away and the uncanny unsettled feeling that comes from returning may be able to relate to his story. It's called 'Unnecessary Jackets'. Those themes continue in this issue.
‘Some people say my photos are sad, but I don’t think they get it,’ says Văn Trần, defiantly. ‘These are my photos. I love them. They tell my stories.’ Trần has teamed with DK since August 2020 to make new kinds of issues of our mini-mag, which include handmade art books. A fresh take on contemporary design meets old-world papers.
MEMBERS-ONLY ISSUE. A members-only issue, this week. To get it, join S P A C E. You can join for USD $28/month. Additionally, members in S P A C E who are in HCMC will also be invited to exclusive Atelier S P A C E popup salons, workshops, opening receptions, and... dinner parties.