How Small is too small? Bangkok (frugal) Living


  • Nuttinee Karnchanaporn King Mongkut's University of Technology



Interior, Frugal living, Urban living, Spatial design


Is it too small? ‘It’ is a one-bedroom private apartment with a floor area of 20 square metres, an ideal for the new way of living in the Bangkok metropolis. As advertised, developers invite their buyers to look into the advantages of low-cost, convenient locations, domestic conveniences and less domestic labours. Bangkok city dwellers become convinced of the shifts toward more convenient domesticity and dream of their (frugal) apartments. The paper examines the interior economy of the family living in such a small apartment and the ways in which it alters the family relationships and homelife of the urban residents. With the increasing numbers of urban residents who buy small living units in high-rise condominiums, how are we to understand the effect of this phenomenon?


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Author Biography

Nuttinee Karnchanaporn, King Mongkut's University of Technology

Nuttinee Karnchanaporn (PhD) trained as an interior architect and is working in various fields: teaching, research, interior design, and writing on design related issues. Nuttinee is currently a lecturer at School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand. Nuttinee obtained her PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from Architectural Association, UK and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. In recent years, Nuttinee has conducted research on the way domestic life is engaged or ignored through the space of home in Bangkok.




How to Cite

Karnchanaporn, Nuttinee. 2011. “How Small Is Too Small? Bangkok (frugal) Living”. Idea Journal 11 (1):60-73.



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