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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Affected Shed
Affected Shed is a family house with its functions distributed between two ordinary masonry structures. A two-story blade of circulation slices through both buildings, pinning them together while cutting up the interior spaces of each. Acute angles turn courts between the wings into visually interesting spaces, and interfere with rectangular room layouts to generate a zone of unusual nooks and crannies, with concealed cabinets and hiding spots meant to capture a child's imagination.

Facades are animated with optically complex materials and systems: expanded metal screens, fibercement louvers, frosted polycarbonate walls, and crawling vines protect the structure from excessive sunlight, while reducing the the outside world to a colorful, blurry abstraction.

published in:      
art4d #218, September 2014 (cover)
Small Medium Houses 2, Li-Zenn, 2014
ASA Journal 02, 2016 (cover)

TV programs:      
House & Garden Design Details
Showroom #23