FRA/ENG « Reclaim and create » is his motto, a phrase he puts into practice whether it is recycling carton boards into a loveseat or disregarded office paper into stools.
Singh Intrachooto is a Thaï , 46 years old architect and designer. Born in Bangkok, he grew up in the USA and Europe where he studied and worked before coming back to Thailand in 2003.
In 2006, that ardent environment defender created Osisu, a designing agency, now known as a brand and a label quite recognized in the world of eco-design.
A pioneer of ecological design in Thailand, Singh Intrachooto is the Design Innovation Ambassador for Thailand’s National Innovation Agency.
He received Thailand’s Emergent Designer of the Year Award in 2007, Elle Decor’s Designer of the Year Award in 2007 as well as the Top Environmentalist Award in 2008 from Thailand’s Department of Environment.
He also was prize-winning in 2014 in New York at the « Interior Design’s Best of Awards 2014 » in the “Using collected or recycled materials”.
Since 2003, Singh Intrachooto is the Head of the Building Innovation and Technology Programme at the Kasetsart University in Bangkok and the Design Principal at Osisu, Thailand’s leading eco-design production house.
Mr. Singh first studied at the Washington University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1990 in each of the following subjects : architecture, construction and interior design. The year after, he obtained a master’s degree of architecture at the University of Aachen, Germany.
Back to Washington, he worked as architect during some years : “That work bothered me because people did not feel environment had anything to do with them, and it disturbed me” , Mr. Singh asserts. So he abandoned the architecture and joined the MIT in technology and design subjects where he obtained a doctorate in 2002.
Returned to Thailand, he rapidly had to confront himself with the waste problem, even in so called “green” projects.
“My colleagues and I started discussing about using materials efficiently and how construction debris could become our resources. I couldn’t face my students and clients and talk to them about green projects with that situation continuing. Something had to be done. I didn’t feel I was acting genuinely,” Singh says.
He began tinkering different waste streams and creating new products. He paid construction workers to separate materials, which piled up very quickly, giving him a lot to work with. For each building project, he started out by making furniture that could be used back in the same project. The designs were well favored, and one of the developers became so keen, she became his future business partner.
Notoriety followed that particular project, and with the help of his new partner, Singh established a design studio called Osisu to continue to produce new products from the waste streams of different industries.
Once the engaged dynamics, and as a supplement to his design professor’s activities at the Kasetsart University, he created in 2007 with the help of the university and funding from Siam Commercial Bank, the “Scrap Lab” dedicated to his students. It is a space within the campus where accumulate every conceivable material—metal, plastic, wood, fabric, wires, glass, threads, chips, packaging, leather and several amorpheous blobs of polyethelene – a real playground for the future emulators of Osisu.
In the lineage of « Scrap Lab » was created, three years later, in 2010, the “Scrap Shop” which presents to the general public some small objects (accessories, furniture) put in the sale, just taken from the spirit of the students of Mr. Singh.