Arts Forum | Chalit Kongsuwan


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

3rd Aug 2018 12:30pm

End Date

3rd Aug 2018 1:30pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Hunter Street, Hobart

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required - Enquiries: or 62264300

Model Furniture, Chalit Kongsuwan

Contemporary furniture informed by the aspects of nature, culture and Buddhism

Chalit Kongsuwan worked as a product designer for a number of industrial furniture factories in Thailand. Due to intense commercial and industrial conditions in South East Asian market, he shifted his direction from an industrial designer to a furniture designer and maker. This shift led him to the School of Creative Arts,  Hobart, Australia where he spent eight years completing Master of Fine Art and Design, and PhD in Furniture Design.

During his time stay in Australia, Chalit was shortlisted and won a number of major design competitions. He has also had numerous group exhibitions and four invited solo exhibitions. Recently, his furniture has been collected by both the Design Centre Tasmania Australia and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) as one of permanent collections.

Chalit believes that the relative importance between creative mind, discerning eyes and skilful hands is a fundamental key to keep the pace of traditional design heritage with the continuous change of innovative technology.

In his Art Forum presentation, Chalit will reflect on the three significant transitions of Chalit's career: from a white-collar designer to a Buddhist monk; from a Buddhist monk to a white-collar designer; and from a designer maker to a University lecturer in Singapore.

School of Creative Arts | Arts Forum (Hunter Street campus)

Fridays 12.30 - 1.30pm
Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

School of Creative Arts
Centre for the Arts, Hunter St, Hobart
University of Tasmania