JOURNALS

Chapter 04

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Memories of Craftsman

Author: Ratthee Phaisanchotsiri & Thinkk Studio I Photo: Ratthee Phaisanchotsiri I Date: February 01, 2020

What is local? What is our history of seating? —San Na Meng is a journey to find out how societal pressure of the past shaped the way we sit today, from sitting on floors to sitting on seatings following the international trend. The latter is not the way we originally sit, and so what else could have been should we develop our own way of seating? Will the way we seated ourselves be decided by historians, academics, or designers, or should we let society build their own way of life? Let their instincts guide them in creating the necessities that had stem from their own environment, and convey their unique individualities, artifacts, places, through basic, everyday things. San Na Meng is the culmination of Moonler factory memories. The chair could be used at dinner gathering, or simply resting. It pays a nod to the mental image of reclining chairs abandoned in rice paddies, under trees, or by the lake that they used to relax and take a break from the reality of work. The nostalgic remembrance of a youthful past.

The bench, called 'Salmon', was conceived from an idea we had to make a bench from one, big, single trunk without using any other material. We had been trying to explore a new path that we thought no one had ever gone down before. We later discovered that if the entire trunk was cut at a 45-degree diagonal, vertically, we would end up with two pieces of wood with a right triangular section. The pieces were put together, creating a bench with a buck wider seat. The other piece of wood of the same shape was flipped down to support the bench as its leg. The essence of the piece was derived from how the wood was sliced, which somehow reminds us of making sushi with the pattern of the pine wood being reminiscent of the pattern of sliced fish, hence, the name 'Salmon Bench'.

The bench, called 'Salmon', was conceived from an idea we had to make a bench from one, big, single trunk without using any other material. We had been trying to explore a new path that we thought no one had ever gone down before. We later discovered that if the entire trunk was cut at a 45-degree diagonal, vertically, we would end up with two pieces of wood with a right triangular section. The pieces were put together, creating a bench with a buck wider seat. The other piece of wood of the same shape was flipped down to support the bench as its leg. The essence of the piece was derived from how the wood was sliced, which somehow reminds us of making sushi with the pattern of the pine wood being reminiscent of the pattern of sliced fish, hence, the name 'Salmon Bench'.

The bench, called 'Salmon', was conceived from an idea we had to make a bench from one, big, single trunk without using any other material. We had been trying to explore a new path that we thought no one had ever gone down before. We later discovered that if the entire trunk was cut at a 45-degree diagonal, vertically, we would end up with two pieces of wood with a right triangular section. The pieces were put together, creating a bench with a buck wider seat. The other piece of wood of the same shape was flipped down to support the bench as its leg. The essence of the piece was derived from how the wood was sliced, which somehow reminds us of making sushi with the pattern of the pine wood being reminiscent of the pattern of sliced fish, hence, the name 'Salmon Bench'.

The bench, called 'Salmon', was conceived from an idea we had to make a bench from one, big, single trunk without using any other material. We had been trying to explore a new path that we thought no one had ever gone down before. We later discovered that if the entire trunk was cut at a 45-degree diagonal, vertically, we would end up with two pieces of wood with a right triangular section. The pieces were put together, creating a bench with a buck wider seat. The other piece of wood of the same shape was flipped down to support the bench as its leg. The essence of the piece was derived from how the wood was sliced, which somehow reminds us of making sushi with the pattern of the pine wood being reminiscent of the pattern of sliced fish, hence, the name 'Salmon Bench'.

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