thingsmatter is a design studio committed to engaging with architecture as both critical discipline and fine art; as an instrument for cultural enlightenment beyond economic gain.

Early work in Bangkok includes temporary interventions in commercial spaces, which criticize aspects of consumer culture, while celebrating the material extravagance and diverse audiences that only shopping malls can provide. Recent work extends the working method, tactility, and human scale of thingsmatter’s event architecture to more conventional buildings, including private residences that offer public statements on the nature of the built environment.

Savinee Buranasilapin and Tom Dannecker founded thingsmatter in 2001, after studying architecture at Princeton University. In Bangkok, they have taught, lectured, and conducted workshops at Chulalongkorn, Silpakorn, Kasetsart, Rangsit, and Bangkok Universities. Overseas, they've lectured about their work at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, and several international conferences.

We look forward to working with you.

"Live to Work", Dwell's profile of thingsmatter and aTypical Shophouse.
thingsmatter in Dwell magazine
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Ladder Lounge
Designing the stand for art4d at a building product trade show allowed thingsmatter to assert their belief in the importance of design as a process of innovation and creation, rather than an exercise in the tasteful selection of off-the-shelf products. The floor level was elevated to 1.8 meters. Six other designers were invited to build custom ladders for visitors to access the "ladder lounge".
In deliberate contrast to the typical tradeshow booth, which uses shiny surfaces, bright lights, loud music, and pretty girls to seduce buyers, art4d's pavilion uses unusual parti, raw surfaces, and provocative structure. It demands that visitors do more than look; they need to touch and trust the design in order to consume it.
in the press:

Ladder Party in 4dSOCIETY, art4d issue #127 Jun-06.
Ladder Lounge (gatefold pullout supplement) in art4d issue #132 Nov-06.