No Red, No Yellow


Designed for Art4D’s Minimart’09 at Architect Expo at Chalenger hall, Bangkok, “No red No Yellow” is a functional bottle openner. It is around 10cm by 6 cm and made of 6mm. thick laser cut metal in the shape of geo-political “Thailand.” There are 4 provinces that you can use to open the bottle caps, precisely Taak, Nongkaai, Ubonratchathani and Phuket. (No hidden meaning why we choose those 4 to function)

In one of the most messy social conflict in Thailand’s history, we think, as a designer, that our designed product can become the protesting tool. What can we designer do, but design? So the beer bottle openner is the protest to the protesters of all kinds out there that what they have been doing for the last 2 years is against our right to live in freedom.



It is our tradition to reveal the process and different reasons why we choose to do this. In this case, it’s very personal; dated back in 2005 while we doing Cheeze Studio, a photography studio in downtown Bangkok, we design a perforated steel railing using the similar pattern. The main intention was actually to question the identity of the 2D symbol in Thailand.

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Taking the Union Jack as an example, I think it has different identity in the pass than what it does today. Thai people seem to think about such symbol differently (in a more sacred way) You can argue that the East and the West are living by such different backgrounds. From our fundamental education, we were taught to be proud of the shape of our country as the profile looks like a golden axe which used to be a bit bigger here and there back a hundred years ago. A lot of the people percieve “nation” as something can’t be smaller than this shape. We ,as Thai people, have to do whatever we can to maintain such a shape. Thus on another level , the geometry represent the ideology of the nation which can not be touched.

It is a challenge and fun for us to relate the design with our society’s taboo in which I think people are  more and more open about it. This should be the roll of architects or designers we believe.

The small detail of our project was to question that kind of thinking. We call the pattern “LAAY THAI” (translated; Thai pattern).


13 thoughts on “No Red, No Yellow

    • it will be sold at Art4d Minimart at Bangkok Art and Cultural Center from 10 August on for 2 months KRUB.. or you can email me if you would like to have it before that..

  1. Really cool design 🙂

    Is Bangkok Art and Cultural Center located at Phatumwan junction?

    How about the price?

    Any delivery option?

    • I don’t even remember how much it was sold.. like 189 Baht or so.. where is the delivery location? Maybe I can send some spares that we have from the office if you want..

  2. the idea and the design is great! I’d like to buy about 6 or even more pieces, but I’m from Austria and I will spend only one week more in Thailand. It’s possible to get them in Bangkok or to send them to Austria?

  3. I just saw the post in ” a day…” this morning.

    Do you still have it ka? If you do, I would like to buy three of it ka.

    Umm… how much does it cost and which colors do you have ka?

    Thank you ka.

  4. Dear krub,
    Just saw the thailand map bottle openner today. read old issue of a day krub. love it so much. do you still have any of it left krub? I would like to get 10 pcs. krub.
    thank you krub.

    • ok KRUB..

      Perhaps.. I have to post it here.. since we don’t have a real distribution chanel yet.. (soon I think we will+we will launch the new version too)..
      For the time being, we still have to use that old method of transferring money and sending the product via post KRUB.

      We thank you all for interesting in our design.. and thanks for understanding that we are not doing this as a profession, so we are sort of amateur product seller.
      Sorry for some inconvenient.. we are about to make it easier for those who want to have our product..

      Supermachine Studio

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