Bangkok-based THINKK Studio has worked with Thai manufacturers and craftsmen to create a collection of contemporary furniture called Made In Thailand, which aims to set itself apart from the region's traditional aesthetic.
The series consists of nine furniture and homeware items: a side table, a mobile lantern, a mirror, a stool, a bench, a plant stand, a fruit tray, a coat stand and a selection of vases.
THINKK Studio's intention was to "present an unorthodox overview of contemporary Thai design and manufacturing". To do this, the designers worked with local craftsmen to incorporate traditional manufacturing techniques and materials like bamboo and wicker into the production process.
"It is an amalgamation of research and experimentation with local Thai manufacturers and craftsmen that incorporated industrial processes, innovative technologies, and heritage handiworks that have been passed down from centuries of artistry," said the studio.
One piece in the collection is an oval side table made from fluted glass, overlaid with a gradient colour film then sealed with another clear layer of glass.
There is also a mobile lamp that takes its cues from an ancient bamboo lantern found across Asia. Featuring a woven bamboo exterior and wireless lamp technology, the product can be turned on and off with the clap of a hand.
The Margin mirror – encased in a steel frame – has a round shape with a slight gradient, which is achieved by laminating a regular mirror with a layer that is printed in halftone.
Also in the collection is a wooden stool and bench duo that feature steel leg supports. These are made by folding a steel sheet into a U-shape and reinforcing it with a flat bar. "The resulting construction is strong but easier on the eyes than a thick, wooden mass," explained the studio.
Cover Up is a plant stand that is available in three sizes and two heights. Composed of natural woven rattan, it is made in the style of a traditional New Year's hamper – a popular gift in Thailand.
Meanwhile, the Lid vases are composed of identical cylindrical bases with three variations of lid. Each piece is slip cast in a mould before being coloured and textured by hand.
The Pole coat stand is composed of a single steel stand. Its base serves as a shoe and umbrella rack while the upper rail functions as a place to hang scarves, headwear and coats.
Meanwhile, the Weave fruit tray is made from wood and has a three-dimensional woven structure, while the Weight vases feature terrazzo forms in an assortment of rounded shapes.
THINKK Studio was founded in 2008 by designers Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai.
Other projects by the studio include a modular shelving system made from wooden batons and perforated aluminium surfaces, and a machine that lets users customise the shape and colour of thread lamps.
They launched the Made In Thailand collection at Maison&Objet's September 2018 edition.