XS architecture vs XL furniture
by Worapong Manupipatpong



Thai graduate designer Worapong Manupipatpong has created an installation that is halfway between furniture and architecture.


The two-level, wooden structures have small ladders leading to their upper platforms and form various places to sit.


Manupipatpong built the structures for his graduation project while studying at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden.


"This project is about investigation between the notion of architecture and furniture design," says the designer. "I try to explore another area, where this object is somewhere between these two category, architecture and furniture design."


Here's some text from Manupipatpong:


XS architecture vs XL furniture
The scale in-between

The manipulation of space, form, colour, texture and issues about material and gravity are common to architecture and furniture. For my degree project, I examine the three-dimensional territories of architecture and furniture. I investigate how the notion of architecture can influence furniture design, or the other way around.


With my project, I don’t want to cross the border between the two disciplines, architect and designer, but rather seek the area in-between the two territories, where it can be defined neither as architecture nor as furniture design.


I’m intrigued by particular spaces and things when they can’t be classified exactly; something in-between. It leaves me with curiosity, inspiration and space for imagination. My project can be seen as something in-between because it is hard to define.


Whether it is extra small architecture or an extra large piece of furniture, it is somewhere in-between these aspects of scale and function.


Graduation project
Worapong Manupipatpong
MFA, Konstfack, 2009


Posted on Monday July 13th 2009 at 3:16 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Boo

    Very nice: in North America people build things like this in their backyard. The children use them and call them “Ply houses”.

    Most are not nearly as attractive!

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  • kuk

    great ideas, i luv this.

  • daemon

    Bravo! Thailand

  • deaw

    really cool! love this project :D

  • Dragan

    very nice!

  • nutz

    Wow!!! nice job Ton!!!

  • bodkin

    in the uk we build these in deeply depressing urban areas, put a fence around them to keep out the undesirables and dogs and call them ‘play’grounds for our children to play on and our teenagers to drink in. It’s funny how when you put them in a studio and surround them with approriately dressed students and tutors that they suddenly attract banal and empty comments like those above (usually with gratuitous exclamation marks!)

  • nothingbutcode

    these furniture/structures are definitely appealing, but i agree with boo that these highly resemble and perform like backyard jungle gyms. maybe that’s a negative to some(?), but i find adding that element would make this project more interesting.

  • graham

    great rationale to turn them into a project “I’m intrigued by particular spaces and things when they can’t be classified exactly; something in-between. It leaves me with curiosity, inspiration and space for imagination. My project can be seen as something in-between because it is hard to define.”

    Of course it would be hard to write a rationale like this “I built some cubby houses for the back yard but still want a good grade for my project.”

  • Hans

    I disagree with bodkin, what’s really fascinating about these objects is how they become interiors/rooms/houses in their own right, despite being in a building. A large space such as in the pictures is ideal; imagine if the whole room was full of them; an office, an apartment, a hotel, whatever…
    At the moment they are very conceptual and seem to be designed simply for various seating positions. It would be great to see how to incorporate functions into them.. desks, beds, lighting, so on

  • tim

    HANS – you’ve just decribed IKEA

  • Mark

    the form may be new but there were people doing this in the 60's. I would say its furniture- there needs to be some way to close your self off from th elements somewhat. It can open up but has to have some closure. Architecture looses its meaning when everything from a bus stop to a park bench is called architecture.

    Still i like these as good park furniture- they change your perspective and that I like just dont see any dilemma of furniture/architecture. It is kind of like those race car beds for kids. yah its shaped like a race car but you are not staring at it thinking "is it a car or a bed?"