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Design Ideas


Rattapong Angkasith, Arch.D.

Assistant Dean for Students and Alumni, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

My name is Rattapong Angkasith. I was born in Chiang Mai, grew up in Chiang Mai and studied in Chiang Mai.  After I graduated, I received a great opportunity to study abroad where I worked and earned experience. Currently

I am a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and a professional architect.

I admire and appreciate designs which are usable, and which contain unique details and characteristics of the designer in each piece. I am really impressed with the idea that ‘Less is more’ by Mies Van De Rohe, the master of modern architecture. This concept is often repeated by designers, but few really understand it intimately. It has been a great influence on me throughout my life and I focus very hard on cutting out all noise and excess from each of my pieces to retain its design core.

My three selected designs are not glamorous pieces; they are often overlooked because they are not decorated. When we leave them on the table, they never cry out ‘look at me’; they simply sit there quietly, peacefully.

What is most important is that they are all designed by Chiang Mai people and made in Chiang Mai.  They contain that scent of Chiang Mai and I feel that it is very clear that they are a product of local wisdom and creativity.

For more information on the Creative Design Awards please visit www.creativechiangmai.com/en/ida.