Thai designer and curator Eggarat Wongcharit talks to Selections ahead of his appearance at Milan Design Week
Bangkok-based designer Eggarat Wongcharit is the curator of Slow Hand Design, set to take part once again in Milan Design Week this April. Taking the theme Bar, Crops & Props, Wongcharit’s exhibition aims to showcase the distinctive touch of Thai design when applied to object made using agricultural by-products, such as pineapple fibers and rice husks, among others. The exhibition, which features work by designers from all over the country, sets out to underline Thailand’s investment in developing and promoting its traditions and resources globally — with a focus on food, but also on the country’s growing design industry.
Wongcharit collaborated with Thailand’s Institute of Design and Ministry of Commerce, along with a giant in the field of sugar cane — the Mitr Phol Group, Asia’s biggest producer of sugar and renewable energy. Design, sustainability and nature: always a great combination!
Selections spent five minutes with the man behind Slow Hand Design.
Maria Cristina Didero: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Eggarat Wongcharit: Initiative, intuitive and independent.
MCD: Can you share the names of four people who have inspired you?
EW: Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid, Ettore Sottsaas and Buddha.
MCD: How would you describe your own way of conceiving the art of design?
EW: I see design as a state of mind. It sets forth with time. Mind changes, time changes as well, and so does design. When I work, I dig into my own roots and reflect them by telling stories via design concepts, representing them with my own interpretation. I see design trends changing, but I just don’t follow them.
MCD: What’s your most important project and what’s the most important thing in your life?
EW: Project: The Iniala Hotel in Phuket, Thailand. Life: I married a wife who understands my life description.
MCD: Can you name one rule that a designer cannot live without?
EW: Deliver work with ideas, no matter what. Don’t bullshit.
MC: Is there one object in particular that you wish you had designed yourself?
EW: No. I live for present. It is more intuitive.
MCD: What is your dream commission?
EW: I don’t really dream, I just make the most of now. Your future depends on what you do in the present.
MCD: What’s your last thought before falling asleep?
EW: It is to fall asleep without any thoughts.
A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The One-on-One Issue #35, on page 112-114.