From 2010-2015, Nichamon had studied in Interior Architecture at King's Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok. Her design practices were based on deep research to genuinely resolve urban and domestic issues. In 2014, she participated in Thailand team to build sustainable house in Solar Decathlon Competition in Versailles, France. After graduated, she worked as an Interior Designer at Junsekino Architecture and Design for a few years before moving to London for postgraduate study. In Summer 2019, she decided to challenge herself with something different from interior design field. With her fondness for cooking, she worked as a commis chef for Afternoon Tea service at Sketch Restaurant in Mayfair to learn more about culinary arts and professional kitchen. Nichamon became very fond of handmade materials, she joined Tile Making classes at Raw Materials Workshops in the begining of 2020.
While working at Sketch, Nichamon had learned about life behind the exquisite interior space. Inside non-ornamentated and fully functioned professional kitchen, bags of food waste and packaging were thrown away every day. From kitchen to interior design, she questioned on how much waste has been created after beautiful materials or are they leaving a lot of carbon footprints behind. Beside the aesthetics, Nichamon intends to create works which are more sustainable and meaningful.
Reducing single plastic usage is already a good practice but could it be better if the wastes are given new lives and could be used as alternative materials for construction. Design for the future is not only about complex futuristic form or hightech home automation but also a responsible design that respects the nature, supports the locals and elevates the quality of life.
How do you feel at home when you’re away from home?
The community kitchen provides a communal space where people can cook, eat, and feel at home together. It acts as a public house for the 21st century. An antidote to the loss of shared spaces in over-priced rental accommodation. A place to foster community and to bring life back to the high-street.
The community kitchen uses materials to create a sense of comfort and domesticity while offering the performance and durability needed in commercial spaces. Small formats, warm tones and natural finishes are used extensively to create a relaxing, down-to-earth and welcoming space.