Although Chaimongkol does not have a physical shop, all the products are available online at his website. Customers can also purchase them at trade fairs, such as DITP’s STYLE Bangkok. Chaimongkol meets both new and existing customers at such shows, and uses their feedback to shape product development.
“At first glance, most customers thought our products were made from stone or ceramics, and they are amazed when they know all are made from recycled paper,” he adds.
Chaimongkol accepts that because the products are 100% handmade, it is impossible to supply them to a mass market. Therefore, he plans to add another product line to serve that market in the future. These products too will be made from recycled materials. Moreover, Chaimongkol is working with the DITP and Japanese experts to develop products for Japan.
Some of his products won the Thailand Green Design Award in 2018, in the category of resource efficiency, and qualified for the second round of Design Excellence Award (DEmark) in 2017 and 2018.
To catch up with other decorative items and lifestyle products, visit STYLE Bangkok, DITP’s trade fair from April 17 to 21, 2019 at BITEC Bang Na.
For more information, visit www.103paper.com.
Words by Somhatai Mosika. Photo courtesy of 103 Paper Shop.