Last night The Australian Business Association of Cambodia ( of which I am treasurer – soon to be Vice President elect ! ) hosted A Night with Van Molyvann. Molyvann is a true Khmer legend and paddles squarely in the same boat as Kung Nai . He is responsible for the architectural design of just about every iconic structure in Phnom Penh and he also happens to be my mate Simon’s father-in-law ! ( ex ). Molyvann has not been the recipient of his countries support. Rather, many of his famous structures have been torn down to make way for the disgusting plinths of the tasteless, style-bereft Khmer nouveau riche. There are no cash awards in this country so Mr Molyvann has been left to fend for himself and last night was about giving him a bit of a financial leg up. He provided us with a selection of his very own photos that he took of his finished projects and we had them blown up to AO size and framed. We then held a silent auction for most of them ( I live auctioned two of the best at the end of the night ) and bidding was ferocious with most going for over $1000. I tried but alas……..no luck.
I would love nothing more than to be in a position where I could ring up Volymann and say ” Please design a super groovy 1960’s concrete bungalow for me. Open slather…..no brief”. Then I might get something like this ;