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FHM Malaysia RoboSteel Feature: Reduce, Reuse and Roll-Out

The best thing to do with steel junk is not to melt them, but to summon the RoboSteel Autobots

The recycling fad is nothing new. Hippies and NGOs have been pestering us to properly organise and dispose our rubbish for decades. But it’s only now that it’s become popular because plastic bags costs money and because it’s sofa king hot. Maybe the recycling campaign would’ve got off to a much better start if they used such time-tested, classic mascots: massive robots and hot babes.

RoboSteel is a creative sculpture design and steel construction company based in Ireland. They make everything from Darth Vader to a frog bongo drummer, and they’re all made from recycled cars, trucks, ships, aeroplanes and motorbikes. Today, the RoboSteel team consists of 12 hand-picked steel fabrication engineers, who aren’t just expert steel constructors and designers, but also very creative artists. If they’re building a small sculpture (such as their best-selling frog sculptures), it could take a minimum of two hours or a maximum of a week. If they are building something epic (such as the 2.5-metre Optimus Prime), it could take six to 12 weeks.

If you look around RoboSteel’s website (www.robosteel.com), you’ll notice that quite a lot of its sculptures are from comics and movies. We think they are pretty damn cool, but wouldn’t some people (i.e. pesky intellectual property lawyers) think they are copyright infringements? According to RoboSteel “Although our sculptures can mimic iconic comic and movie characters, they are not exact replicas. “All of our sculptures are hand-made and are not mass- produced. Our use of recycled materials is very green and complements the environmental policies of large companies.” RoboSteel has some very impressive customers including commissions from companies such as ActiVision and Google. In fact, they often ask their more than 70,000 Twitter followers for ideas. So if you’ve been aching for a life- sized steel Doraemon, tweet away.

Model: Piyanuch Chanphet | Photographer: Edina Valentova | Publication FHM Malaysia | Sculpture: RoboSteel

5 Apr 2011

FHM Interview

Piya on bitchy models, outer space and size 32D distractions

The FHM facts
Name: Piyanuch Chanphet (Piya)
From: Thailand; now living in Dublin, Ireland Favourite food: Thai, of course!
Favourite booty-shaker: Sandstorm by Darude

Hi Piya, you don’t have a very Irish name. What does it mean, and where does it come from?

My name is Thai and Piyanuch means “the lovely last one” and Chanphet translates into “the moon that looks like a diamond”.

Exotic! You own a pretty successful business, but you also model. How do you find time for both?

I love my work, and I’m very lucky to have a lot of amazing people around me. The creativity of the team at RoboSteel is such an inspiration. On the modelling side, there are some amazing photographers, including Edina Valentova, that have been very kind to me. I know some fabulous designers who let me borrow their clothes. It can get hectic sometimes, but somehow I manage to find the time to do both.

Are you doubly-intimidating to guys, considering you’re a successful businesswoman and a model?

Yes, sometimes men can find me a little too hot to handle. But once they get to know my personality, most men don’t seem to mind. It’s a lot of fun being the boss!

Which is more fun – photo shoots or crafting steel sculptures?

I love to do both there are a lot of similarities between photo shoots and steel sculptures. To get a photo or a large sculpture perfect, you need to be creative, persistent and work well as part of a team. I get a great buzz when everything comes together and when the ‘wow’ factor is achieved.

In the photos, you’re with the steel sculptures a lot. Do you prefer working with them or actual models?

Working with sculptures is very challenging, because they are not alive and have no personality. It can be a real challenge to make steel sculptures come to life for the photo. When I’m around bitchy models, I don’t let their attitude affect me. I tend to just work harder and focus on my job. If you remain positive with negative people, you will eventually win every time.

We’ve been losing too much lately… What’s your favourite kind of photo shoot?

I love to do anything that is inspirational, but my personal favourites are glamour and FHM-style. It can be cold in Ireland, so wearing skimpy glamour outfits, lingerie and bikinis can be challenging.

Do you get (and like) all of the attention from the nerds and the fans?

Yes sometimes, but to be honest, I am a bit of a nerd myself. I love technology and gadgets, and I find clever people a real turn-on.

There goes us then but how can a guy get your attention?

I am usually very interested in a man who shows no interest in me. I am used to getting a lot of attention, and when I don’t get it, I want to know why. It’s more of a challenge if the man plays hard to get.

Where should he take you on your dream first date?

Anywhere where we can see the stars clearly, the closer we get to outer space, the better.

What would totally destroy that first date?

If he asks too many personal questions, and if he smokes 🙂

Time to butt out. What’s your number one guilty pleasure?

I love to buy expensive lingerie and bikinis. Wearing Agent Provocateur makes me feel so sexy, and going shopping with the girls is great fun.

You’re in Ireland, we’re in Malaysia. Are you okay with long-distance relationships?

Technology has made the world a smaller place, and I travel to Asia at least twice a year. If you want to contact me, you can send me a tweet or leave a message on my Facebook wall. So far no one has invited me to visit them in Malaysia, so I am open to offers!

Woohoo! Finally, if someone made a sculpture of you, what are the features you’d ask them to change?

I’d like a twin. Could you please make both of our boobs smaller? I am a 32D, and most of the time, my boobs get all the attention…

30 Mar 2011
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