In 1995, Catherine Denoual moved to Ho Chi Minh City with her husband and two small children after having lived her whole life in Paris. At the time Vietnam was considered the “Far West of the East”, a country that had only just opened its doors. Catherine quickly realised all the treasures this new place would unveil and she never looked back still living there to this day.
In France she had worked as a fashion editor in big publications for 13 years. By relocating she discovered a new passion, interior design. In this new city, the skills of local artisans were inspirational. She was fascinated by the delicate and handmade artistry surrounding her. Embroiderers, silk and rattan weavers, wrought iron workers, silversmiths, mother of pearl carvers and more were some of the most riveting.