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Supermachine Studio: Packing A Punch

The young but dynamic Bangkok-based design agency is led by Pitupong Chaowakul, who goes by the nickname ‘Jack’. Nikki Busuttil writes

Supermachine Studio: Packing A Punch

The young but dynamic Bangkok-based design agency is led by Pitupong Chaowakul, who goes by the nickname ‘Jack’. Nikki Busuttil writes



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31 July, 2013


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Bangkok University Creative Centre, featuring a 10,000 unit low-tech interactive pixel wall for students to constantly adapt

Jack, a friendly, forthcoming personality, openly shares that he set up Supermachine Studio in 2008 as a result of a previous failed partnership with five other designers that “didn’t work out”.

“I founded my own studio to be able to dig deeper into what I was interested in, which turned out to be so many things,” says Jack.

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Wyne by Sansiri Sales Gallery, main entrance

With the help of his eight-strong team, he readily explores many of those passions. Supermachine Studio is a multi-disciplinary design firm of architects and their projects extend far beyond building boxes.

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Wyne by Sansiri Sales Gallery, condo sales office 
 
“Our work covers many disciplines: architecture, interiors, exhibitions, music festivals, urban research and installations,” reels off Jack. From small-scale to larger endeavours, Supermachine Studio, as tiny as it may, at first glance, seem, certainly packs a creative punch.
 
“Our projects are normally derived from much conceptual interpretation. We work a lot with real concepts and try not to cling to one style,” Jack responds when asked about signature work.

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Bangkok University Imagine Lounge. See our project feature here

One of Supermachine Studio’s current projects is a small beachfront playground on Thailand’s East Coast: “We call it ’10 Cal. Tower’ – it’s a labyrinth of wandering concrete staircases for kids, and parents, to get lost in.”

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SCG 100 years playground, Supermachine Studio’s version of a public playground

Jack and his small team always remain critical about their work, and constantly question how they can improve, even after a project is completed. He believes the key to successful outcomes is in working closely with the client and keeping things small.

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Tukcom Sriracha, an IT mall project

“Our team is like a family. Eight is already a big family… A large workforce is more difficult to manage,” says Jack, who has no plans to expand the business. “We are running just fine like this. Supermachine [Studio] equals small office, big projects, super efficiency.”

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Saatchi&Saatchi Bangkok, featuring a ’mobile’ reception counter

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