Trained as interior architects, Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai of THINKK Studio are fascinated by the interplay of contrasting materials in architecture, and frequently combine industrial materials in their product designs. “We seek to blur the boundaries between East and West, craft and industry, with a uniqueness of form,” says Archjananun, a 2011 graduate of the University of Art and Design Lausanne whose thesis project, Weight Vases (right), put THINKK Studio on the global design map. A study in minimalism executed in concrete and powder-coated steel, the piece is pared down to the essence of a vase: a vessel for water and a slim support system for the stems.
Still intrigued by the challenge of redesigning the vase, Archjananun and Theerachai created Stacking Top, exhibited in Milan last month, joining two vases—one made of marble and the other of ceramic—into one asymmetrical design. The Arms chair, also exhibited in Milan, rethinks lounging positions by providing an alternate armrest to “allow for both formal and informal expressions,” Theerachai says. Rather than focusing on developing a nifty new form or working with innovative materials, the duo “brought people’s behavior into the design.” Created in ash wood and upholstered in vivid hues, the chair offers a level of functionality appropriate for both business meetings and casual reclining.