2024 Winners > Winners of Indochina

2nd Prize


Title: Lost in Forest: Inhale & exhale

Name: Chanthearot Bun

School: Paragon International University

What is the inspiration for your design?
In the bustling landscape of the 21st-century urban revolution, where the incessant demands of modern life often leave individuals stressed and mentally fatigued, the need for respite becomes paramount. Acknowledging the need for an escape, our tropical bathroom beckons guests to a "home away from home". Imagine stepping into our bathroom design like flipping through the pages of an adventure story inspired by nature. It's like uncovering a hidden waterfall in a lush forest, full of mystery and excitement. This space is crafted to be a comforting escape from hectic city life, a retreat for tired minds. Picture yourself surrounded by the soothing sounds of tropical birds and flowing water, finding peace in a place where homey comforts blend seamlessly with the thrill of exploration. My concept creates a simple, relatable story—an escape from the ordinary, inviting guests to rediscover joy and connect with the healing power of nature.

How does the design fulfill the need of the target users?
Travelers who go on a trip away from home, their similar scope is to seek for a second homey refuge to heal their mental and physical stress during their break time. My design is suitable for a tropical hotel room of 2 to 4 people stay. Typically, deriving from the casual activities flow that normally happen, people who have their tight schedule during the stay, they just share the space at a time, like Person A uses the vanity space, Person B uses the shower while the rest can have the remaining function. Product placement was critically thought based on Architecture Data; furthermore, I dived deep into the design that based on different scenarios to reduce the circulation flaw and incident within the space. Material selection is the vital part that deforms a sense of hygiene, openness and welcome to the overall appearance.

How does the design fulfill the design challenge?
Commonly, the bathroom is isolated and designed within the space. How about the design that opens its energy to both connectivity between all indoor functions and outdoor view like breath in and out? How to reconnect the space after division? Can this space become more convenient time after time? These are the must-answer questions to lead to a successful bathroom. I explore through space through emotion, to tackle the tight space after separation, smoothness of eye with the seamless design is implemented. Material Selection is quite challenging to harmony the space and create calm. Creating a sustainable anti-bacterial killer is quite challenging, even though using the reflective material but without enough sunlight, there might be the remaining bacteria and stain. So, placing glass where sunlight can cast in for effective cleaning, while glass block allows soft light inside.

How does the choice of products contribute to the purpose of the design?
First of all, to select the right product, I identified the design and user experience through each facility and try to find the answer to the question "Is this or that product user-friendly in term of form, function, color and location?" so that I could place the product correctly. I determined the sanitary to be inspired from the design. Then, by overlooking the detail of its form, function, and color to make sure it's suitable for each area. In my design process, I already spared the space for the product to be placed. Furthermore, inside each facility, the products that I select from collection to customization are varied on 2 intentions to vibrant my design, allow every generation to able to use and learn about the product faster, and provide easiness for further usage and maintenance.