David Schafer

Studiomake is based in Bangkok, Thailand and led by David Schafer and Im Sarasalin Schafer. This practice maintains that there is no distinct boundary between the act of design and the act of construction. In their studio and workshops, the team of 7 architects and 7 fabricators explore the overlapping realms of architecture, interiors, furniture, and object design; striving to pull connections between different crafts and to experience the weight of material first hand.
David and Im’s collaboration started in the dry heat of Tucson where they both received their Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Arizona. They cut their teeth in several significant architecture offices in San Diego, California and became licensed architects in 2007, after which they promptly went to art school. They arrived at Cranbrook Academy of Art inspired to “make work, full scale and real time” and for two years explored the depths of metals and ceramics. In 2009, they packed a shipping container full of books and tools and moved to Bangkok to start their practice and to build a home, a studio, and a workshop near the Chao Praya River. In addition to being lecturers at Rangsit University, their recent projects include a series of ceramic pieces made by discreetly obstructing the process of traditional artisans, a prototype for mass-produced emergency shelters for Habitat for Humanity Thailand, a custom-extruded brick for their Guan Yin Pavilion project, and an art and design gallery for art and design students.
On his presentation
TITLE – "Labour : Material"
Our ideas are framed by the inherent conflict between those that design and those that build; we try to use this energy as a catalyst. Our work is informed by the friction between labour and material; we try to use this tension and as an opportunity.