Bangkok, Thailand. 4 May 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group, led by President and CEO, Mr. Peter Henley (centre), congratulates students of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab who won the Best Design, Inspiring Design and Creative Design Awards as part of its Arts for the Planet 2017 project. The four winning teams received trophies and scholarships worth a total of 110,000 THB from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation at the award ceremony and exhibition event.
The event was part of the Arts for The Planet 2017 project, which aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste. For the project, ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with the Scrap Lab of the Faculty of Architecture at Kasetsart University and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The Scrap Lab incorporated the project into its educational curriculum.
Students who participated the Scrap Lab course received the opportunity to learn about issues relating to waste management, and were involved in hands-on activities such as cleaning up a canal, before going on to explore the design ideas and processes. They then experiment a process of developing products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab, and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from upcycling ocean debris.
ONYX Hospitality Group acknowledges the support of sponsors including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, who provided funds to the students participating in the project in order to support product development. To help the students supplement their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, senior leaders from the three corporate sponsors also provide factory visits and coaching support to the students for development of their product designs and prototypes.
Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 were selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony.
The Best Design Award was presented to Mr. Piphat Thongta and Ms. Chawanlapa Darachart for their creations titled “Beep Beep”. The students transformed a combination of leftover sponge, synthetic rattan, dacron, wood and aluminium from a furniture factory and mixed them with concrete to create plant pots and candle light holders which were all presented in practical and visually appealing packaging. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 40,000 THB.
The Inspiring Design Award was presented to Mr. Seksit Pakdee and Mr. Guillaume Bichon for their creation titled “Fantasteak”. The students have created a chair, a desk lamp and a photo frame using recycled plastic boards from Tlejourn, left over bottle corks from their university cafeteria, teak and leather scraps from the sponsors’ factories. They credit Lego for the inspiration behind their creation. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 30,000 THB.
The Creative Design Awards were presented to two teams of students. The first team, consisting of Ms. Nutkritta Nilkamhaeng and Ms. Lucie Lauwerier, created “From the bin to the sky”, a product made from leftover rope braid scrap from a furniture factory and straws from the university cafeteria into do-it-yourself kites in various shapes. The second team, consisting of Ms. Marie Le Gouellec and Ms. Pattanayu Thongloi, received the award for their product called “Metisse” which are practical wall partitions developed from scrap rubber sheets and foil papers. Both teams of students has received trophies and a scholarship worth 20,000 THB.
About Arts for the Planet 2017
Arts for The Planet 2017 is a project of ONYX Hospitality Group in collaboration with Scrap Lab of Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Architecture, and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The project aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and aims to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste.
The Arts for The Planet project has been incorporated as part of the Scrap Lab course for a period of 14 weeks from January to May 2017. Registered students receive the opportunity of learning about the potential of usually overlooked waste materials, and are offered guidance on how to transform such materials into practical products, particularly those used by hotels on a regular basis. The project also aims to showcase how a partnership between the business and educational sectors could offer environmental, societal and economic benefits.
During the course and the project, students learnt about overall environmental issues, including waste production and management, and participated in a clean-up activity at a canal in Bangplee district, before going on to explore the design of ideas and processes, and then the development of products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts. These experts include Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design, as well as the founder of KU’s Scrap Lab; and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from
upcycling ocean debris.
ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with its sponsors, including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, to provide funds to the students participating in the Arts for The Planet project to support product developmental processes. To help the students bridge their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, the three business partners provide assistance and consultancy to the students as they develop their designs and production processes.
After a period of 14 weeks, eight teams from Kasetsart University’s architectural school will present their innovative ideas on transforming waste factory materials into practical applications and products. Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 will be selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation.
Background information: ONYX Hospitality Group partners for Arts for The Planet 2017
Kiat Siam Leatherware
Kiat Siam Leatherware is a specialist in producing the finest quality leatherware products, custom designed to meet clients’ special requirements. With more than 30 years experience in producing quality leather products, the company’s expert craftsmen are committed to meet the most demanding of requirements. The company’s products such as amenities boxes, tissue boxes, menu covers and register blotters have become essential items used in many hotels, restaurants and even limousines across Thailand and internationally. For more information, visit www.kiatsiam.com
With over 50 years of experience, Hawaii Thai has grown into Thailand’s largest producer and exporter of wicker furniture, operating from a production base located in an area of over 80 rais (31.6 acres) in Prachinburi Province. This plant is well equipped with the highest manufacturing facilities to cater to the needs of both domestic and international customers. The company produces furniture and furnishing products for hotels, homes and residences and takes pride in functionality and elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.hawaiithai.com
Extensive Research Polymers (ERP)
ERP is the manufacturer of high quality rubber parts and compound for industries including automotive and home appliances. The company has been established at Samutprakarn province since 1991 with rubber compound as a core business. In 2004, the ERP factory moved from Samutprakarn province to Chonburi province to expand its capacity and improve process. The company also operates its own laboratory to test and develop products to meet clients’ speciﬁcations. For more information, visit http://erppolymers.com