Rubbering up for design

Art July 13, 2017 13:27

By The Nation

Rubberland, the first and only integrated rubber museum in Thailand, is inviting young designers to use rubber foam to create interesting designs for the bedroom or living room on the concept of future living.



“The focus is on functionality and design, and more than 60 per cent of the materials must be rubber foam. The products could be developed into real merchandises to be sold at Rubberland. This project encourages Thai students to become professional designers,” said Thawat Sommanophat, marketing director of Rubberland.

Run by PP Siam Latex Co, Rubberland is an edutainment centre about Thailand’s rubber. The centre is the first and only in Asia to educate visitors about rubber and is located on a four-rai plot right in the heart of Pattaya.

“Thailand is one of the top rubber growers in the world and we export a lot of rubber. Therefore, the rubber tree is important to our economy. If we can develop the industry, it will benefit both our country and our rubber farmers,” said Vanjak Chotchaicharin, senior vice president of operations and merchandising of Rubberland.

The design contest’s panel of judges include Assoc Prof Dr Singha Indrachuto of the Creative Centre for Eco-design, Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Architecture; ML Pasakorn Abhakorn, head of designer development at DITP, Dr Surapich Loykulnant, a researcher at MTEC rubber laboratory, and Dr Dararat Mekkriangkrai from Material ConneXion Bangkok (MCB), TCDC. The contestants will have a chance to join interesting workshops to improve their product design, visit a rubber factory, and visit Rubberland edutainment centre.

“We are certain that the Rubberland Design Contest will inspire designers to put naturally found materials in Thailand to good use by adding creativity and innovation. This not only makes their product different, but also adds value to our economy as a whole,” added Thawat.

Contestants must be 17 to 25 years old, and each team must have three or fewer members. Fill in the form and submit your work from now until September 30 at www.ThaiRubberLand.com.