TCDC Chiang Mai is an educational center for design and creativity, and is the first of its kind in Northern Thailand. TCDC Chiang Mai serves as an education resource in order to promote and develop creativity amongst entrepreneurs, designers, students as well as any members of the general public who are interested. TCDC Chiang Mai aims to help and support these people reach their full potential by taking local knowledge and Chiang Mai’s diverse cultural heritage, and applying it to a modern setting by using technology and modern techniques. By doing so, TCDC hopes to help create different and unique identities for products and services that can help strengthen businesses, and therefore also propel and expand the Thai economy through creativity.
Charm Learn Studio, a ceramic art co-op, was founded in 2012 by three passionate designers, Thanita Yothawong, Natthapol Wannaporn and Chanchai Boriboon in Bangkok. Their signature product is a ceramic lunch-box set “Pin-To”, which has clinched various recognitions, such as the PM Award 2017, the DeMark Award 2017 and the Good Design Award 2017. In 2020, Natthapol Wannaporn opened a branch in Chiang Mai, his hometown, under the name Charm Learn Studio CNX. Located in San Kamphaeng, a district well-known for ceramics, the studio is aimed at those who are interested in ceramics, offering a space for artisans and enthusiasts to work and share their ideas. Through events, workshops and residency programs, Charm Learn Studio’s vision is to create a community space for artists and craft makers as well as elevate ceramics as an artform by itself. The studio also cooperates with the Chiang Mai City of Craft and Folk Arts initiative, and Chiang Mai Design Week by TCDC.