Bin Chanyapek

I was born and grown up in Bangkok, Thailand. I spent a year in Swansea during my high school then went on to do the BA Product Design at Central Saint Martins. I graduated in 2006 and came back to Bangkok.

Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?

The reputation.

What was the best bit about living and studying in London?

London is a very creative city, to me. It's been a joy living in London.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Learn as much as you can from everything, everyone and everywhere.

And for students about to graduate?

Believe in yourself. There's nothing you cannot do.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am currently doing a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in finance. It's pretty different from my BA but it really helps me to get to know how business works, as well as meet loads of people who think differently from Central Saint Martins' art and design approaches.

I'm also working on various projects, although some are not directly related to art and design:

  • I'm working as a design and marketing director at alie_F design, producer of One Morning products, focusing on an everyday use object that is innovative and logical design and at an affordable price.
  • I founded and now work as a creative director of ISamAREmag.com, an online magazine, which is intended to build up the young art and design community in Bangkok by putting together their related events and providing spaces for young people to present their work.
  • I'm about to start a cooking school for kids, with the concept 'learning by cooking'. It's amazing to see how much kids can learning from cooking, as well as to see what kids can do. I am also designing products for kids.

How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?

I was embedded with this approach to do or see things, which is different from people in general (at least in Thailand).