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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Shutter is an interference device in the closed loop of contemporary marketing, designed for an exhibition of magazine-style fashion photography as art event, on display at the point of purchase. Shutter superimposes the images of personalities wearing labeled clothing with captions naming them and their apparel, as well as the narcissistic viewer and surrounding retail environment. Shutter opens and closes in an apparently random pattern, sensitively dependent on the movement of shoppers through the store. It amplifies the store's merchandise, while simultaneously distracting consumers and even physically blocking their passage. Its 15-meter truss and exposed electromechanical drivetrain are a grease-dripping affront to the sanitized "industrial chic" which predominates in retail environments. Photography by Punsiri Siriwetchapun