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The Chairmen of Thai Design, A Room Magazine Showcase at The BaanLaeSuan Select Fair

The Chairmen of Thai Design, A Room Magazine Showcase at The BaanLaeSuan Select Fair

A chair exhibition featuring works by distinguished Thai designers … You will yearn to add one to your collection.

“The Chair” is one of the greatest inventions. Since a long time ago, with dexterous hands and logical minds, humans have crafted more chairs than we ever know. Even now, most furniture brands and design studios continue to come up with amazing new designs. Plenty of good reasons they should never stop!

Design isn’t about just drawing to show the look and function of a product. Rather, it has to do with showing good aesthetic judgment, something that helps people enjoy the magic of sculpture. In a nutshell, the chair is more than a separate seat to sit in. It’s a million experiences.

Well-thought-out design gives us a sense of connection to events past and present. Whether it’s looked at from a cultural, economic, technological, or social perspective, the chair offers a wide range of benefits and serves the purpose for which it’s intended.

Organized by the capable team of Room Magazine, the Chairmen of Thai Design showcases a fascinating array of works by Thai designers who are experts in the field. You will find plenty of great ideas on view that heralded a new chapter in Thai furniture design, including products that have won critical acclaim both at home and abroad.

As business adapts to a rapidly changing world, you are invited to join us in celebrating the creativeness of Thai designers. Together, they go to work applying more effort toward achieving a higher goal.

A major attraction at BaanLaeSuan Select Fair, the Chairmen of Thai Design exhibition will happen at the Plenary Hall, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, May 30 to June 3, 2018.

A special event on Friday June 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., meet up with distinguished designers who showcase their products at the show. At the risk of stating the obvious, the informal gathering is about the chair and how things have changed. We don’t want you to miss it.

Designers from 30 studios showcasing at the Chairmen of Thai Design

1.The Savannah, Yothaka, by Suwan Kongkhuntian
2. The Rush Chair, o-d-a studio, by Piti Amraranga and Jutamas Buranajade
3. The Sputnik, Salt and Pepper Design studio for Corner 43 Decor, by Anchana Thongpaitoon and Pipidh Khowsuwan
4. The Wave, Ayodhya studio, by M.L. Pawinee Santisiri
5. The Noodle Stool, 56th Studio, by Saran Yenpanya
6. The Fluctuation of Precision, Anon Pairot studio for SCG, by Anon Pairot
7. The Brace Stool, Deesawat, by Jirachai Tangkijngamwong
8. The Grid, Dot Design studio for Galvanii, by Krit Phutpim
9. The Batten, Thinkk studio for Tectona, by Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai
10. The Sumo, Mobella, by Anuphon YooYuen
11. The Kiri, Mobella, by Ath Supornchai
12. The Jaak Stool, Tima studio, by Supachai Klaewtanong
13.The Radee, Bambunique, by Amornthep Kachanonda
14. The Ele 1.1 Dining, by Doonyapol Srichan
15. The Tori, Golf-JC studio, by Jakkapun Charinrattana
16. The Fig, Masaya, by Apiwat Chitapanya
17. The Waterweed, Sumphat Gallery, by Rush Pleansuk
18. The Core Chair, Trimode studio for Corner 43 Decor, by Pirada – Paradee Senivongse na Ayudhya, and Shinpanu Athichathanabadee
19. The Tension, Plural Designs, by Piboon Amornjiraporn
20. The Placer, Whoop, by Pitchaya Maneerattanaporn
21. The Bangkok Taxi, Everyday studio, by Wuthichai Leelavoravong and Dr. Siriporn Kobnithikulwong
22. The Sora, Satawat Design, by Ratthee Phaisanchotsiri
23. The Anonymous Chair, PHTAA studio, by Ponwit Ratanatanatevilai, Harisadhi Leelayuwapan, and Thanawat Patchimasiri
24. The Cane, Atelier2+ studio, by Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont
25. The Gom, Hari Ora, by Chayanin Sakdikul and Nutdanai Siribongkot
26. The Enso, Flo, by Naroot Pitisongswat
27. The Lock, Room Lab, by Vongsatorn Chaicherdchuvong
28. The Saturno, Kenkoon, by Pichak Tanarojviboon
29. The Chamfer, Plato, by Noraset Sabai
30. The Suite, Studio AB, by Apirat Boonruangthaworn
 

Modern House amid a Country Atmosphere

Modern House amid a Country Atmosphere

This one-storey wooden house is designed to bring the best of the old Northeast Thailand lifestyle into the modern age. Strikingly contemporary with its high-gabled roofs, it features a spacious adaptation of the traditional Thai house verandah where relatives and neighbors can come together, hang out, and shoot the breeze. 

 /// THAILAND ///
Story: Ektida N. /// Photography:  Soopakorn Srisakul
 

In the peaceful countryside atmosphere of Si Chompu District in Khon Kaen Province, Wathinee Sudta calls her family’s wooden house “Baan Boon Home.” The English word “home” in Northeast dialect means “get together,” so combined with the word “boon” (merit) the name comes out as “get-together make-merit house.”

wooden house

Originally, Wathinee wanted the designers of S Pace Studio simply to renovate the old 2-storey house. whose bottom level had cement flooring, with the upstairs all wood. After a full assessment of materials and building frame, though, it became clear that a completely new house was the way to go.

The first step was to raise the foundation above road level with landfill, to reduce the risk of flooding. Eventually they took advantage of the large property size to bring all the functionality of the former two storeys into a thoroughly modern single-level house with the added bonus of not requiring an aging grandma to climb stairs anymore.

wooden house

wooden house

Baan Boon Home has a floor space of 190 square meters, with enough functionality to completely meet the needs of the fivefamily members. The rear section of the house has a high-gabled roof which overlaps the lower-gabled front, where the corrugated roofing is translucent, allowing natural daylight to shine in, an especially effective way to keep the 9-meter-deep verandah light and cheerful.

Another unique feature is the placement of the kitchen at the front of the house, with the thought that family members will tend to enjoy most sit-down meals together on the verandah. The kitchen is fully enclosed, and the walls have grooves etched and painted to resemble wood grain, all giving a clean, proportionate look to a highly practical design.

wooden house

The wood used to build the house is mostly – 90% or more – real wood taken from the old house. This saved on the budget, and only the high-quality, strong wood was used, but the marks on its surface speak of character, faithful service over time, and add charm, keeping lifetimes of family memories alive and shining into modern times.

Link : www.baanlaesuan.com/99541/design/living/homeboon/

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VERNACULAR HOUSES AROUND THE ASEAN

VERNACULAR HOUSES AROUND THE ASEAN

If you are interested in design based on local needs, local materials, and local traditions, you will find vernacular building exhibitions well worth a visit.

/// Thailand ///

 

The expo area features 5 show pavilions designed by the design firms.

Five show pavilions are open now at Architect ’18, the ASEAN’s largest building technology exposition organized by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA). It’s happening on May 1-6, 2018 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani.

Plastic crates filled with clay are readied for the show at Architect ’18.

Other attractions range from a photography display by Vernacular Built Environment and Cultural Heritage Studies Group, and exhibitions by various architectural firms, to retail businesses, and seminars featuring distinguished speakers from Thailand and abroad.

The expo’s must-see events include a show pavilion by Boon Design, which presents building techniques using materials readily available in a locality, such as plastic crates for fruit transportation filled with clay.

Inside one of the show pavilions dedicated to vernacular-style living
The dark exterior that is characteristic of the Boon Design show pavilion

Designer Boonlert Hemvijitraphan said: “Traditionally, earth has been a material of choice for home building while plastic crates come in handy as byproducts of the industry. The choice of materials is often dictated by availability in a particular area. Homes can be made of anything, whether it’s earth or wood, so long as they are adapted to suit local needs and requirements.” Like so, a vernacular house in Southeast Asia may appear dim on the inside because there are only a few openings. Lace fabrics on the windows tell stories of clever adaptations to suit local weather conditions.

Vernacular houses on the waterfront in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand
photograph reflects local beliefs and customs around the Region.

The building techniques differ from country to country across Southeast Asia as illustrated by the photo exhibition by the Vernacular Built Environment and Cultural Heritage Studies Group. Its members include Isarachai Buranaut, Kullphut Seneevong Na Ayudhaya, Somchai Chuechuaychu, and Surapong Jamniyom.

 

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Virtual Reality on Google

Virtual Reality on Google

 Of course you have heard of the oldest and most famous places in world history. But, do you know that one of Google’s main ambitions is to inspire you to see them in a fun and simple way?

 

/// Photo: Google ///

With Google VR and drone footage, the multinational technology company lets you experience virtual reality of 25 historic sites in 18 countries across the globe — from Bagan, an ancient city in central Myanmar, to Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya, to the ruins of Pompeii in southern Italy, and Al Azem Palace in Syria, which dates back to the days of the Ottoman Empire.  

Also enjoyed by many is Google Arts and Culture, an online platform through which people can access images of artworks and exhibits hosted by participating museums. For the education of future generations, Google is partnering with CyArk, a non-profit organization dedicated to making historical and cultural heritage sites accessible to the public. CyArk uses laser light technology to crate 3D representations of sites of outstanding universal value.

For now, join us on incredible adventures to some of the most famous heritage sites in the ASEAN. Appreciate peace and tranquility in Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar, and experience virtual reality of Wat Phra Sri Sanpet in Ayuttyaya, Thailand. The temple ruins were used as backdrop for scenes in one of many Hollywood movies filmed in Thailand. (https://artsandculture.google.com/project/cyark)

3D Model of Eim Ya Kyaung Temple in Bagan, Myanmar
3D Model of Wat Phra Sri Sanpet in Ayuttyaya, Thailand 
Pompeii, Italy
Teotihuacán, Mexico
Taos Pueblo, the United States
Al Azem Palace, Syria
The Monastery of Geghard, Armenia
The Brandenburg Gate, Germany
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Ayutthaya, Thailand
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand

 

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Modern House with a Thai Flavor

Modern House with a Thai Flavor

A large intergenerational family calls this house home. With family members from 8 to 84 years old, what stories it tells! Here belongings passed down across nearly a century give a sense of “Thainess” to every corner of its modern design.

 /// Thailand ///
Story: Samutcha Viraporn /// Photo:  Sitthisak Namkham, NantiyaBusabong

Modern House
Patama (second from the right) and her family

 Long-time community worker Patama Roonrakwit, Case Studio architect who designed and owns the house, created it from her knowledge of the ways and tastes of all its residents in their old home. In a unique adaptation and fundamental design difference here, she preserved an old wooden house Pong’s grandfather had built, hiring Chinese craftsmen to raise it up to the second floor of the central building so family members could continue to experience its warmth. Besides this, the home contains the offices of Case Studio Architecture, Ed The Builder Contracting, her brother’s tour company, sister’s music school, and guest rooms where friends can stay.

All this had to fit in a space of 1 rai (.4 acre), a narrow, long north-to-south lot.  The building divides into seven sections, some of which are open, verandah-like corridors that give an angular definition to the space, trapping the wind and making for good air circulation throughout.

Modern House
Wooden slats guard against sun and wind and create visual harmony.    
Modern House
The lower floor is a multipurpose area, adapting the Thai traditional “tai thun” space below a house to fit modern lifestyles.
Modern House
A nearly hundred-year-old wooden house is set as the very center of the main home, and contains a shrine holding Buddha images.
Peranakan Moderne: A Synthesis of Chinese, Indian, and Malay Cultures

Peranakan Moderne: A Synthesis of Chinese, Indian, and Malay Cultures

The Singapore-based designer brand “ipse ipsa ipsum” has unveiled one of the finest collections of Peranakan-inspired home décor and accessories.

/// Singapore ///

 

The front and rear of the floor standing mirror. — By ipse ipsa ipsum.
Bright and beautiful colors, and design on the rear panel tell fascinating stories of the Peranakan experience. — By ipse ipsa ipsum.

Bold and beautiful, Peranakan design is the product of Chinese migration into the Malay archipelagos of centuries ago. Making its world debut at last year’s International Furniture Fair Singapore, the new product line called “Straits Reflection” included a tabletop mirror and a floor-standing mirror that told stories of a fascinating amalgam of Chinese, Indian, and Malay craft traditions.

 

The designer brand was launched in 2016 as an initiative of “Sam & Sara”, an established Indian silverware business headquartered in Singapore. Combining ultramodern materials with traditional craftsmanship skills, the new brand aimed to create original designs under the slogan, “The extraordinary for the ordinary”.

“Straits Reflection” by Jeremy Sun and Nicholas Paul was the result of collaboration between the designer brand and the Peranakan Museum in Singapore. Peranakan Chinese, or Straits-born Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese who migrated into the Malay archipelagos form the 15th to 17th centuries. Over time, their cultural heritage, architecture, design, and cuisine have become prominent landmarks in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and parts of southern Thailand.

Indian floral patterns, Chinese bird paintings, and Malay-style bold colors bespeak centuries of cultural interactions. — By ipse ipsa ipsum.

“Straits Reflection” is evidence of an artistic ability that has evolved through on-going interactions among Chinese, Indian, and Malays. Its design aesthetics combine Indian floral patterns with traditional Chinese bird paintings, and Malay-style bold colors.

A curious mix of the old and the new, “Straits Reflection” includes a tabletop mirror that displays temperatures and air quality values, and a matching floor-standing mirror that reflects on the Peranakan experience.

Sam & Sara booth at IFFS 2018

 

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Perfected over time, the chaise lounge paired with triangular-shaped pillows offers a fascinating glimpse into Thai culture. As time goes on, the design is sliding into obscurity. The chair with a lengthened seat for leg rest and reclining differs from the European-style sofa in that the former is a short-legged, backless couch. The absence of a backrest is compensated by a set of wedge pillows.

/// Thailand ///

 

The Thai-style chaise lounge is a traditional appraoch to reclined seating. One way of sitting comfortably in one is to sit with your feet up. The wedge pillows serve both aesthetic and functional purposes and can be made from a variety of textiles. The traditional chaise lounge set is designed for side-lying and semi-reclining positons.

The “KIRI” chaise lounge paired with wedge pillows features a blend between traditional design and the Thai Modern concept.

Reviving interest in the design that’s quintessentially Thai, designer Ath Supornchai has debuted a chaise lounge set that mixed strong traditional values with the Thai Modern concept. Winning enthusiastic praise at this year’s International Furniture Fair Singapore, the sofa set called “KIRI” is selling under the brandname “Mobella”. It is also furniture of choice in the reception room at Line Chat App’s Thailand office.

The KIRI chaise lounge set has pride of place at Line Chat App’s Bangkok office.
KIRI is debuted under the Mobella brandname

 

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Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnamese architecture studio, Tropical Space, has designed a new modern tropical house, made from brick and concrete in Vietnam’s Long An province. Inspired by the Vietnam traditional structure, the bare brick house is located on a land parcel of 750 square meters, accompanied by 3 separate spaces and slope roof while using a modern and strong architectural language.

/// Vietnam ///
Story: Nawapat, Nipapat Dusdul /// Photography: Oki Hiroyuki /// Design: Tropical Space

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The thing that never changes is that most Tropical Space’s design works make use of bricks partly because they are inherently Vietnamese material and indigenous to the area. At the same time, with a deep understanding of Vietnamese culture and climate, they are committed to the use of environment-friendly building practices and sustainable material selection.   

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The Long An House has designed for hot and humid climate and is maximizing the ventilation efficiency by dividing the roof into two parts and having a court yard; then allocating two corridors to connecting the roof. This way has created a court yard and big walls. These porous walls can allow breeze to flow through the house.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The Vietnam traditional house is stretched from front to back creating continuous functional spaces. These spaces’ boundaries are estimated by light with different intensity and darkness. With this layout, the wind can flow through the house in every season.  

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The front yard of the house is made by the hollow clay which can absorb the rain and cool down the floor in summer heat. Next to the yard is a buffer space which created the light transition from the yard to the living room, dining room and bedroom.

The kitchen area, located in the north side along with functional spaces, is suitable for traditional cooking and spending precious time with family.

The mezzanine accommodates with two bedrooms. All spaces between relaxing area, reading area and a long corridor are connected, having two stairs on both ends because the design team wants to have a continuous space between the functional areas inside and outside the house, so that the children can play and move freely, throughout the house without being confined by separate walls.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

 

Link: khonggiannhietdoi.com

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Star Wars X Nathan Yong, home décor articles and sculptures inpired by the instruments of war from the epic movie series.

 

Nathan Yong’s semi abstract marble sculptures are inspired by some of the greatest moments from Star Wars.

In collaboration with Disney, Singaporean designer Nathan Yong has unveiled a new collection of marble home décor articles that got their inspiration from some of the most important Star Wars scenes. His powers of invention will continue to wow those with a lifelong love of the epic motion picture series.

Besides Jedi knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, and the greatest villains of all time, it’s the weapons and vehicles in Star Wars that have captivated millions of viewers across the globe. The same was true for the newly released Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi.

(Left) The black marbel side table gets its inspiration from the TIE-Fighter, a war vehicle of the Imperial Fleet. (Right) The white marble table is modeled after the Millennium Falcon commanded by Han Solo.

The epic moments of the story of a long time ago have inspired the Singaporean designer to create a new collection of marble home décor articles called Star Wars x Nathan Yong. Nathan, who owns the independent, foreward thinkingh brand Grafunkt recently unveiled his latest inventions at the 2018 International Furniture Fair Singapore. The collection included side tables influenced by the design of four machines and vehicles from Star Wars; namely, the Millennium Falcon, the TIE-Fighter, the all-terrain armored transport AT-AT, and the Sandcrawler. For each model, only tree pieces were made.

(Left) The side table in warm brownish hue is modeled on the mobile fortress Sandcrawler. (Right) The marble table gets its inpiration from the all-terrain armored transport AT-AT.

Why Star Wars? Nathan puts it this way. “I am stoked to have the opportunity to collaborate with Disney on this collection as Star Wars is very much a part of me and my generation’s life with its imperative pop culture impact and influence. Being a classic film while its contemporaries fade into obscurity, Star Wars remains timeless, accompanying us from boyhood through adulthood.”

His latest collection of semi abstruct sculptures debuted alongside leading European brands featured at this year’s International Furniture Fair Singapore, which took place from March 8-11.

 

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The Perfect Size Townhouse

The townhouse is a common type of building in Thailand, especially in Bangkok. Home owner and architect Narong Othavorn grew up in one, always thinking of ways it could be better designed. Eventually he and his wife Pim Achariyasilpa decided to create their own home by renovating a 30-year-old townhouse in the Si Phraya neighborhood.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul 


The building combines two adjacent townhouses into one. Narong kept the original wrought-metal façade, modifying the original metal entrance door with a mixed frame of wood and steel, leaving the next-door side the entrance to a fourth-floor warehouse. A picture window in the living room brings in natural light onto washed gravel walls that lead down to a small garden behind the house,  inspiration for the “doublespace” mezzanine.


The doublespace ceiling isn’t only about making the lower level look good: it supports the open plan design. Glass panels in the dining nook of the mezzanine above extend a feeling of comfort to every space in the house. From the mezzanine there’s a continuous view through glass partitions out to the garden behind the house, and there’s steady circulation of air from front to back. Townhouses are apt to feel cramped, but not this one! The light is different in each area, but light is what connects everything.

“These things came from our own personal tastes. Pim likes well-lit spaces. Me, I like indirect light. So with a house for the two of us we had to get the division of space just right, using the light available in each area. The lower floor is bathed in a subdued natural light; upstairs the living room brightly lit through the front window. Moving back to the dining area and bar, the light is dimmer. Go upstairs to the bathroom and dressing areas and it’s lighter again, suiting the specific limitations and characteristics of each space.”

“Small, but spacious” is how both owners refer to this house: better than adequate, the size is really perfect. Not so small as to be cramped. Everywhere some things catch your eyes up close and others at a distance. The home offers a master class on how townhouse renovation can work with limited areas to create special, interesting spaces. Even though adjoining buildings make side windows impossible, careful arrangement of space and windows in higher levels give this house a beauty that is anything but ordinary.

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