STUDIO VISIT & INTERVIEW : MELT DISTRICT
A day with our friends, Bo and Fah from Melt District. Plastic recycle and upcycling design studio based in Chiang Mai.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
B: Bangkok born, I had been working in various fields starting with an advertising agency, to the fashion industry and event organizer.
F: I graduated in Economics but honestly I knew nothing about it. After that I went to work at my parent’s business which was related to plastic recycling. That’s why I ended up doing Melt District.
How did you guys meet?
B: I was looking for coffee in this music festival and all of them were from Bangkok, then I spotted this little hut full of stalls from the North. I was meant to get a cup of coffee at 3 pm but ended up sitting there at Fah’s coffee stall until 8 pm. She keeps treating me with this magic tea, she is a witch.
F: It was at Wonderfruit 3 years ago. We talked for like 4 hours about nothing. *laugh
Vision/Mission for Melt District?
B: To create a future of lifestyle and harm no more to our mother nature.
F: We hope we can unfold our passion to make the world better through our work and also to raise consciousness about single-use plastic.
Why Chiang Mai?
B: I actually decided to be a citizen of both cities, I found that I was stuck in Bangkok, just because my family lives there. I found Chiang Mai really suits my lifestyle, the coffee, the food, the mountain, the running route, the vibe, also the eco-living consciousness of people in this town.
F: I was born and raised in Chiang Mai. I was wondering why all of my friends needed to find a better job outside their hometown. Is Chiang Mai not good enough? I don’t think so! I believe that we can create some cool things here too.
What is the inspiration for your color palette?
B: I love to travel and I guess most people do, I want to relate our color palette with people’s memory and cities around the world is what everyone’s familiar with.
F: All of our color schemes are inspired by the cities.
Favorite designer or artist?
B: James Turrell and Chitose Abe from Sacai.
F: I am obsessed with Matt Gray’s illustration art nowaday. You can go follow him on instagram “really_good_artist”
”Women vs Machine”. What is the most challenging part of starting a studio from scratch?
B: It would be exploring new skills, especially a very masculine type of thing. Also a lack of information of “How to” towards our material as it’s quite new in the industry in our country.
F: Cannot answer this question with just one answer. We have to work out all the problems everyday.
Favourite place to go on an adventure in Chiang Mai?
B: Chiang Dao! Oh we love Chiang Dao, so much to explore.. We always go there for energy recharging!
F: Definitely Chiang Dao. Good coffee, good trails, good vibe in the same place. Bo and I normally go camping there :)
What do you guys listen to in the studio?
B: We have this playlist we both contribute with various songs by Polo and Pan, Rex Orange County, Radiohead, Cage The Elephant, Tame Impala to Daft Punk.
F: We have our playlist on Spotify. But for me I listen to Peach Pit quite often these days or it depends on my mood at the time. I usually play the song called “Keep it up” before I get to work every morning to keep my power up.
PLASTIC MOUNTAIN Playlists Curated by MELT DISTRICT
Dream project or someone you would love to collaborate with?
B: Tom Sachs Tom Sachs Tom Sachs, Please marry me!
F: A Korean designer, Youngmin Kang using waste plastic with insane design <3
Location: MELT DISTRICT, Chiang Mai
Follow: MELT DISTRICT / BO / FAH
Photography : Nott Vachira