Global Design Trends: “Natural Chic” by Andrew Frost


In the context of our Global Design Trends series, Andrew Frost, founder and director of Darkhorse Architecture in Vietnam, talked to us about design trends in 2016.

Andrew explains current trends emerging in Vietnam. He sees a focus on natural and warm tones integrating culture, people and context in Southeast Asia’s new designs. Designers dare to use more colors and, hence, create more contrasting and dramatic projects. Combining higher quality, warm natural tones and more color leads to the trend that he calls “Natural Chic”.

Specifically for bathroom, Andrew notices that the spaces tend to become bigger to provide a higher quality experience.

Over all, designers in Vietnam draw influences from their more frequent travels to other countries. They become more connected and get inspired by the use of space, timeless designs as well as sustainable designs without losing sight of the local context, people and culture.


Andrew and his team at Darkhorse Architecture provide architectural and interior design services that balance high quality of design and clients’ commercial requirements.  The 2015 established Vietnamese firm delivers exceptional project outcomes through all phases of the project in the exciting and dynamic economies of Southeast Asia.

For the past 25 years, Andrew has worked as design director with numerous international design practices in Australia, Europe and Asia. Some of his designs include three consecutive Olympic Games, mixed-use and commercial developments and hospitality commissions.


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