usiness schools teach their students that to become successful, you have to think outside the box. A young businessman has embraced this fully and, as a result, has become widely lauded for his vision. When Sorapoj Techakraisri does something, he does it in a big way quite unlike any others, and always with an element that goes beyond local borders. It started with his first project, MahaNakhon, a mixed-use skyscraper that stands out for its sculptural appearance and which has the distinction of being the tallest building in Bangkok. This was followed by Mahasamutr Hua Hin, a private club with an 800-metre crystal lagoon, the first of its kind in the region, and currently he’s working on building his first ski resort at Niseko in Japan. The CEO of Pace Development also invited celebrated chef Joel Robuchon to open a restaurant at MahaNakhon, and bought the New York purveyor of fine food Dean & Deluca, the company for which he was initially a franchisee. His plan is to reinvigorate and expand the gourmet grocery store in both new and existing markets. To this end, Sorapoj has unveiled a prototype for a fast food concept for Dean & Deluca, designed by renowned architect Ole Scheeren, at Design Miami. Known as STAGE, it is a rectangular, theatrical platform where customers can interact with the chefs preparing the food and which allows for communication between those behind and in front of the counter.