Who would have thought that daydreaming in a jewelry workshop class could end up giving you B30,000 and a chance to visit Milan representing Thai designers? For Chawalit Banpot, or Off, that’s how it all went down. The third year design student from Udonthani Rajabhat University won the 2007 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition Thailand with his whimsical diamond-like martini glass. He shares with us his passion and how his precious gem has become a ticket to Milan where the world will be seeing his creation for the first time.

How did you come up with this “jewelry” masterpiece?
I was just sitting in my jewelry design class at university and daydreaming about this competition when the idea just popped into my head. Why not make a glass shaped like a piece of jewelry? So I decided to design a martini glass that resembles a diamond.

How long did it take you to create it?
Even though it took me only five minutes to think of the concept, it took me three whole days to actually complete a satisfactory model. It is just like how a diamond is made, delicately with focus on the details so the outcome can be perfect.

How did you become interested in design?
Ever since I was little I always broke things just to see how they were put together. Then I tried putting them back together the way I wanted and it never worked so I wanted to make my own.

Who’s your favorite designer?
Myself. It might sound a bit self-absorbed but if you don’t like what came out of you then you don’t have enough confidence to be a designer.

What will you be doing after Milan?
I’m going to continue my studies until I graduate. And between breaks I hope to get an internship somewhere in the field of product design or interior design so I can strengthen my knowledge and also practice with professionals at the same time. My dream is to design cars, but there’s a lot to learn.

What are your thoughts about the future of Thai designers?
Thai designers will succeed if they have enough guts and confidence to show off their ideas. They have great ideas, but they are too afraid to show them off. It also doesn’t matter whether or not you went to a fancy design school abroad. I’m coming from a small university in the Northeast that not many people have heard of. Being a designer means you must trust your instinct and basically believe in yourself. Just create it and see what happens.


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