Toan Nguyen was born in Paris in 1969, and graduated with honours in Industrial Design at ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Paris, in 1995. After professional experiences in several design offices in Paris (Cent Degrés, 1995-1996). Barcelona (Associate Designers, 1991 – Alberto Lievore, 1991) and Milan (Aldo Cibic, 1996 – Studio Ruiz 1996 – Atelier Bellini, 1997-1998), he began his collaboration with Antonio Citterio in 1998.
Since 2000, he managed the design department of Antonio Citterio, becoming design partner in 2004 and working with international companies such as Alfa Romeo, Arclinea, Artemide, ATM, Aubrilam, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Brionvega, Flos, Fusital, Guzzini, Iittala, JCDecaux, Kartell, Metalco, Simon Urmet, Skantherm, Technogym, Urmet Domus, Valli&Valli, Vitra, Wall, Zegna Sport.
He has been design assistant professor at the Domus Academy-Milan (2000) and the Mendrisio Architecture Academy-Switzerland (2000-2001) and jury member for the IF product design award 2009 in Hannover. In 2008, Toan Nguyen launched his own design office based in Milan, with a branch office in Paris, collaborating with leading international companies based in Italy, United States, Germany and Spain.