Chalit Kongsuwan



Phone: (+65) 6513 8234

Office: ART 4-4

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Visual Arts & Crafts, the University of Tasmania, Australia (2008 – 2012);
  • Master of Fine Art and Design (MFAD) in Furniture Design with a high distinction, the University of Tasmania, Australia (2005 – 2007);
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Product Design, Rangsit University, Thailand (1992 – 1997).
Chalit was born on the 4th of September 1974 in Thailand. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Rangsit University, Thailand, in the field of Product Design in 1997 and then 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 radical change led him to the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Australia where he spent nearly two years (July 2005 - March 2007) for completing Master of Fine Art and Design. Then he went to TAFE Metal Trades, Bender Drive, Tasmania to learn ARC, MIG and TIG welding. In 2008, he was offered two scholarships from 'Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship' (EIPRS) and IDP Student Mobility Scholarship'.
This allowed him to undertake further study towards a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania from February 2008 until April 2012.
Professional achievements - Chalit has shortlisted and won a number of major design competitions.

These include:
- Notable mentions from Georg Jensen Design Awards in product design category in 2009;
- The premier prize of the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection in 2008;
- The environment prize from the Claudio Alcorso Foundation in 2007;
- The inaugural Accommodation Services Acquisitive Art Prize in 2007;
- Highly Commended Award from Clarence Prize 2007 for excellence in furniture;
- Completed selected competencies from the Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, TAFE Metal Trades, Bender Drive, Tasmania, Australia (2007);

He has also had numerous group exhibitions and four invited solo exhibitions in Australia. Recently, a great number of his objects have been collected by both the Design Centre Tasmania Australia and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) as one of permanent collections since 2008 and 2012 respectively.

Design perspective:
Chalit believes that the relative importance between creative mind, discerning eyes and skillful hands is a fundamental key to keep the pace of traditional design heritage with the continuous change of innovative technology. He makes a metaphor that those designers who can perform the role of thinker, designer and maker simultaneously can be compared to an autonomous musician who can compose, conduct and play freely on the stage.