For this final workshop in Thailand, the designers base their work around indigo. Ester Manas and Wisharawhish Akarasantisook chose a silk textile made in the Surin province and played on the Blue jean aspect to redesign work clothes. They are unisex and suit all sizes.
Sandrine Rozier is one of the designers in France recognised for her knowledge of indigo and her great mastery of the baths that reveal all their shades. With Namfon Laïstrooglai she also worked around the material which, when cut out then re-assembled, gives rise to this bag with an idea of lightness and softness
Within the framework of this workshop in Chiang Mai, it was above all a question of carrying out tests, combinations, questioning materials and taking the artisans the designers worked with away from their reflexes. When Violette Vigneron teamed up with Coth Studio they experimented on new possibilities with bronze. The lightness and grace of these chandeliers is the surprising result.
The tandem became involved in the life of this community which brings together more than 30 families of artisans who have been producing turned wood for more than 100 years. Combining wood with indigo was a first. Each time the result is unique, the indigo adhering to the wood in a different way depending on its thickness, original colour, age…
All the designers involved in this first workshop organised in Bangkok had the idea of working on materials that are reminiscent of the streets of Bangkok, that are so colourful and lively. Thai-Tie and Love seat are made in rattan, a material used a lot in Thailand. The motifs recall local traditional ornaments. Christian Ghion chose a simple design so that Yothaka can easily produce the two designs.
At Chiang Mai, the Thai and French designers worked side by side on personal designs. Teerapoj Teeropaas who worked, among others, with Lauriane Beaunier and Alexandre Dubreuil at Prempracha, convey the slow pace of rural life through this series. The chiselled texture is reminiscent of bamboo, speciality of the other factory that also hosted this group of designers during this workshop.
Patcharada Inplang is an architect who is interested in artisanal production methods and local materials. She took the opportunity of this workshop to work with ceramic, which she is not so familiar with. By concentrating on the moulding technique, which is one of Prempracha’s great crafts, Patcharada wanted to highlight raw details of the edges from the moulding process. The story of this factory is therefore what she showcases here in her final pieces.
Established in 2001, the Kayu Manis furniture company specialised in producing bathroom furniture in 2007. By working in this company, Pascaline de Glo de Besses discovered another production model: teak wood is worked mainly by hand, assembly being done according to woodworking rules. The major advantage of this exchange for the company has been to analyse the current trend for bathroom furniture which, in Europe, are all light. Materials such as terrazzo are also highly appreciated. By working teak as slats, as in constructing boat decks, Pascaline achieved a lighter finish that just by working with the mass.
Within the framework of this workshop, the Hanoia company hosted Guillaume Delvigne, Pierre Charrié and Marie-Aurore Sticker-Metral. They were able to discover the lacquer savoir-faire that the Hanoia company masters perfectly. Having carte blanche for the purely creative aspect, they started the project before their stay which enabled the Hanoia team to produce a first series of raw prototypes. Workshop visits, work meetings, exchanges with artisans and technicians, work on plans, choice of colours, reflection on material effects... This workshop gave the 3 designers the opportunity to have a quick view of all the stages of the lacquering process.
The classic development process was accelerated so that each designer could achieve technically finished projects in the time available. It was an exploit, even more so because the process of working lacquer is especially long, the prototypes were therefore finished off after the stay. This very intense workshop pushed them to shake up their usual work habits, make fast choices and refine their propositions rapidly. Each designer proposed five projects, their development was carried out collectively and shared with the Hanoia teams.