Doing great business in Vietnam is not the only reason August Wingardh a.k.a Uncle 8 decided to stay in this S-shaped country. Spending almost 20 years living here, to him, the country is an indispensable part of his life.
UMA Furniture & Decoration is celebrating 10 years in 2017, where we are still on the mission to "Turn your house into a home" by providing home furniture and decoration. With the focus on the Vietnamese household and lifestyle, UMA wish to bring the trendy international style to any home in Vietnam with focus on Vietnamese design and material. UMA Design Challenge was born from the founders of UMA, wholeheartedly.
Young people who have love and passion for interior design are welcome to demonstrate their ability, exchange, and learn from the UMA expert team from Sweden. The top priority is to cultivate the national pride of "Vietnamese people use Vietnamese goods" to the younger generation.
UMA will accompany young people to create a new breeze for 2018 interior design trends in Vietnam.
About Ebba Wingardh #teamBeBa
Product Manager for Accessories
Ebba was born in 1987 in Sweden and she has been living in Vietnam for 10 years. Educated in business studies and visual communication in Sweden and Australia, Ebba has worked at UMA for more than 5 years in the fields of marketing, video production and product management. She is now Product Manager for Accessories – one of the most favorite categories in UMA.
With a focus on creating trendy and inspiring collections, her mission is to bring a room full of furniture to life with accessories, tableware and decorative functional items
Ebba considers 10 years in Vietnam as an important part of life, which helps her to set future goals and dreams. She falls for the country and love to work in here.
Ebba believes in a promising future for product and interior design in Vietnam, where history is rich and proud, and where there is constant strive for a better and brighter tomorrow.
You know what, Ebba actually sees herself as a Vietnamese girl inside. She can eat almost every Vietnamese food, travel like locals and make friends with a lot of lovely Vietnamese friends and colleagues. They dearly adore Ebba and give her nickname “Be Ba”, which is cute and lovely just like her.
Already fall in love with Ebba? Participate in UMA Design Challenge 2017 now! #teamBeBa
About Jan-Erik Svensson #teamErik
Product Manager for Accessories
Erik was born in 1985 in Viet Tri, Vietnam. He works as Product Manager in Furniture – key category of UMA.
During 5 years of dedication and creativity at UMA, his collections are well received and much-loved by consumers, becoming the main selling items at UMA such as COBRA, CAFÉ ROYALE, MOZART, REBEL, KITKA… and many other ones.
He was born in Vietnam but he has been living and studying abroad most of time.
Erik exposed to diverse cultural experiences. He has grown up and expanded his worldview through his years in 8 countries on 4 continents.
After finishing his business studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, he moved to Vietnam in 2012, starting his journey of development of consumer furniture. He considered Vietnam as his second home to live, experience and develop self-direction.
As the product manager for furniture, Erik matches UMA’s product assortment with the domestic market needs and pushes UMA’s product development potential. Erik is truly excited about UMA design challenge, as he will get to work with young energetic design students from the best universities in Vietnam. He hopes that UMA will be the stepping stone for participants to achieve their lifetime goals.
A fun fact about Erik: He is also a founding and active member of Heart Beat Saigon, a techno event promoter that brings international DJs to Vietnam since 2012. His musical capability and passion for music are endless. For him, music inspires all aspects of life and every single thing becomes even better!
Do you want to join the team of handsome and talented ERIK? Join UMA Design Challenge right now! #teamErik
About Marie-Clair Hai Yen #teamHaiYen
Creative Director of Textile
Marie Claire was born in Saigon and grew up in France. She graduated from Institut international coupe et couture (International Fashion Design Institute) in 1994, when she was almost 22 years old. In the same summer, she went to another university to achieve master's degree in model design, color and sewing technology.
She is the first designer officially recognized in Vietnam as the winner of the prestigious "Fashion Model 2000" – a national competition organized by Thoi Trang Tre Magazine and Vietnam Model Fashion Design (Fadin).
She was invited to work at UMA as Creative Director of Textile.
During two years at UMA, her collections are fondly loved for its signature look, bright colors and “effortless pretty” signature of French lady.
Want to get in the team of our south-of-France lady? Join UMA's challenge right now! #teamMarieClaire
About Joachim Poirier #teamJoachim
Senior Product Designer
French designer Joachim Poirier was born in Paris in 1987. He has spent almost six years traveling with UMA and has held many important positions contributing to the successful development of the UMA. Currently he is design manager of UMA.
He started learning art and design in 2004 before going to Industrial Design School. Always curious about the production processes and techniques (blown glass, ceramics, black blacksmith, furniture cabinets), Joachim has applied a variety of materials in his design projects.Then in 2009 he went to l'ecole BOULLE, which is known as one of the most prestigious schools in France for the design industry.
During 6 years of hard work and dedication, Joachim has designed hundreds of products for UMA. Lots of his collections are loved by customers and become symbols of the brand. Typical one are those such as COBRA furniture collection, BENTO storage system, BUD tableware... Always looking for the efficiency and smartness of the product to meet the needs of customers, Joachim's mission is to bring modern lifestyle and utility into his creation.
Being a Design Manager in 2014 helped Joachim work on a number of projects, adding to the design resources at UMA. Teaching and sharing his experience to young designers is one of his passions to integrate more and more the Vietnamese design and the designer into UMA’s philosophy.