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Highlights of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019

Highlights of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019

Highlights of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019
On Living Transformed

Though it seems the world is turning faster and everything changes, the past will continue to influence the present. The same applies to design innovation and technology that are changing how we live and making our life better. Together, they bring advantages to life in ways you never imagined!

“Living Transformed” is the theme of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019 that’s happening from 18 to 27 October at Challenger Halls 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani. It’s a show about living improvements you want to see in the world, from the choice of building materials to the combination of knowledge and method. It’s about you! There are plenty of creative new ideas to make use of what you already have and transform it to best answer your specific lifestyle needs.

More than 1,000 retail businesses and exhibitors are participating. To give you an idea, here are some highlights of the Yearend Edition of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019. Don’t miss out. Put this on your calendar!

The Main Entrance

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The gate that allows access to the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019 is an archway inspired by curved symmetrical stone structures belonging to the ancient past. Only this time the main entrance is made of expanded steel sheets, which are easy to find and used extensively as fabricating material. The mesh-like steel sheets can be folded many times over to create an interesting dimension. Parts of the arched structure are built of brick to communicate historical value and storytelling power.

BaanLaeSuan Printing and Publishing

Highlights of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019

Japanese gardens are very popular nowadays. Many people are attracted by them and keen to find out more about their wellness benefits. To satisfy your curiosity, BaanLaeSuan Printing and Publishing presents Japanese gardens with nice detailing in a special show called “Garden of Ideas”.

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The exhibit showcases ideas for creating a Zen rock garden, modern Japanese garden with a tea corner, the art of growing ornamental bonsai, as well as stone lanterns and granite water basins. The design has been adapted to best suit the environment in Thailand but still retains distinctive Japanese character. Plenty of goods to be bought and sold if you are into Japanese gardens!

Whilst there, drop into one of the workshops offered by leading landscape architects and talk with some of the growers that have appeared in our magazines. Meantime, plenty of new books and other publications are available at special prices this time only. For more exciting activities, follow us at FB: The Book House, a division of BaanLaeSuan Printing and Publishing.

my home

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The magazine’s contribution to this year’s BaanLaeSuan Fair is a “Multifunctional Space” capable of having or fulfilling several purposes. Besides the innovatively designed multi-use room, “my home” also presents new ideas to tidy up laundry room at the rear of the house, as well as playground for kids and fun family room for art and craft. Whilst there, drop into one of “my home” workshops and get an update on new books and other publications at The Book House, a division of BaanLaeSuan Printing and Publishing.

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The Show House

Highlights of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019

As time passes, we look back and realize things will never be the same again. It raises a question about the essence of our being and what we can do to live a fulfilling life. The first thing that springs to mind is a vision of the home in which we live.

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The Show House at this year’s BaanLaeSuan Fair represents a new concept in residential design. Appropriately named “Living Transformed”, the exhibit is about findings ways to thrive in the midst of change. The house depicts a confluence of ideas about turning old stuff into cool new things. It’s a visible form of our being, our interactions and coexistence with the natural environment.

Here, home is redefined as a place where the old and new meet. As things change, people learn to improve what they have or adapt it for use in a new purpose. Through innovative design, they are able to breathe new life into old stuff, making their home beautiful again.

room CUBE

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The Public Space, an exhibit by “room” magazine, is located at the heart of the BaanLaeSuan Fair 2019. It’s an open space designed to encourage dialog and welcome everyone in the community. Based on the “Living Transformed” concept, the main idea is about connecting people to people through ongoing social interactions and mixed-use planning.

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The “room” showcase consists of a café, bookstore and movie room that blend together beautifully into one public square. It’s a design that conforms with human behavior in modern day society. Members of the public are free to enter, play or use the “cubes” any way they want. The symmetrical three-dimensional objects are scattered throughout the public space.

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The Show Garden

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The Show Garden is no doubt the BaanLaeSuan Fair’s main attraction. Aptly named “Living Transformed Garden”, the exhibit is the brainchild of Warawut Kaewsuk, a well-known landscape architect who has collaborated with BaanLaeSuan Fair several times in the past.

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The show is about living in close touch with the natural environment. The fact is everything changes, even the things you have in your garden. Over time, people come up with creative new ideas to improve or transform them to serve new purposes. It’s something that happens all the time because everything flows and nothing stands still. There are lots of things in the garden that people can fix to give their home a fresh start and make it a great place to live.

Pet Friendly Zone

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A new addition to the BaanLaeSuan Fair, the Pet Friendly Zone is designed to be exactly that – a rendezvous for pet lovers. It’s a garden filled with plant species that are safe for your pets, allowing them to play and socialize. A cool and restful place, the pet zone is located near a café and a bookstore, so you can sit down for a cup of coffee and enjoy a good read. Plenty of good books are offered at special prices this time only.

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Plants Contest

The Plants Contest zone presents five categories of competition; cactuses, succulents, orchids, best plants for colorful foliage, and bonsai. Coming in from all parts of the country, they are reasons that illuminate the relationship between people and the art of gardening. Don’t miss out.

The above are outstanding parts of this year’s BaanLaeSuan Fair. “Living Transformed” is the name of the show. Make yourself available from 18 to 27 October, 2019. See you at Challenger Halls 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani.


Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era

Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era

Deep study of local architectural lore and analysis of locale-specific environmental and climatic conditions combined to create this house of fluid chic modern lines mixed into a look that clearly suggests the traditional Thai house.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Patsiri Chotpongsun, Sarayut Sreetip-ard // Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul // Style: Jeedwonder // Architect: NORMAL PRACTICE // Landscape Architect: Lana Studio  

The owner wanted to provide his parents with a home where they could enjoy the ways of life of a new era. His first thought was to create a modern-style house with all customary functionality. Combining the good points of old and new, the result is a single-story resort-style house with a contemporary look and a relaxed atmosphere reinforced by a swimming pool.

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Thick walls around the house match the design of the building itself. Note the fine interplay of diagonals between wall and roof.

With a usable area of 700 square meters, the house takes the shape of the letter “U,” filling a wide space the architect tightened up for the sake of intimacy: family members feel in closer touch with each other. The openness makes for good air circulation, yet acts as a divider between common areas of living and dining room and a more private side. The roof reminds us of a traditional gabled Thai house, but the gable is clearly steeper and higher.

Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era

“Thai gabled roofs come in many forms,” said the architect, “but if the gable faced any way but front it wouldn’t be pretty, since it would make roof look unbalanced. From the side the sharply-sloping “lean-to roof” offers a rectangle. The house faces south to catch the wind, but also gets sun there, so the gable has to provide shade, and the eaves extend further out. Especially at the end the roof rises even higher, providing more welcoming open space in front of the house, an eye-catching feature with a contemporary look that also provides needed functionality.”

Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era

The high gables not only help protect against southern exposure to sun, but also build a characteristic aesthetic of this home continuous with interior building design elements. The “U” shape leaves a space in the middle used as an open courtyard that holds the swimming pool and a gorgeous tree. Every point in the house looks out on it through the surrounding glass walls, connecting everyone with the courtyard and with each other.

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A pattern on the glass door with black laser-cut MDF paneling that helps filter light adds an air of mystery to the house interior.

From the exterior the architectural design flows inside into the interior in a play of shapes and lines. The interior ceiling opens up into the gable-shaped steel frame where the hardness of the steel is reduced with the use of wood, again reminding us that this is a Thai home. The furniture blends right in, shapes with a modern simplicity and a lot of wood in the mix adding to the sense of relaxation.

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Dining corner and pantry with sliding walls that close or open wide to make the space one with the porch and swimming pool
Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era
Open, airy walls framed with black aluminum and clear glass rising up to the ceiling, showcasing the continuity between internal and external roof structure
Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era
On the bedroom-side, rooms open to the east, onto the pool, nice catching the morning light. A walkway edging the pool shortcuts from the bedroom porch directly into the common area.

Modern Thai House Adapts to the New Era

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Good Sunshine, Fresh Air, and Plenty of Room to Breathe

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Brick is one of the oldest known building materials in the world. It’s been used for building purposes for thousands of years before Christianity. The fact that it’s made of clay has enabled brick buildings to make deep connections with the natural world in so many ways. More importantly, the structures built of small rectangular blocks derived from nature are endowed with the power of storytelling that provides a window on vernacular culture, the environment, and the way of life native to a locality. These qualities are manifested in outstanding works of architecture, the likes of which are obvious at this house in Da Nang, Vietnam that uses brick as the main building material.

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Story: Patsiri Chotpongsun /// Photography: Oki Hiroyuki // Designers: Tropical Space by Tran Thi Ngu Ngon and Nguyen Hai Long 

It all started with a family’s desire to renovate their home on a budget. A team of architects from the design firm Tropical Space soon came up with an idea inspired by termite mounds. They knew that the small soft-bodied insects built their homes by cementing masses of earth with saliva. Amazingly, they are quite capable of withstanding hot and humid climates for long stretches of time. For this reason, the architects designed the house walls to be built of bricks placed on top of each other with a break between blocks to create little ventilation holes that allow in light and drive natural air circulation. Designed for tropical living, the 140-square-meter box-shaped building wrapped in a perforate shell is going by the name “Termitary House”.

Good Sunshine, Fresh Air, and Plenty of Room to Breathe
The hall at the center of the house plan is spacious and well-lit, thanks to the skylight positioned directly above it. It has room for plenty of functions ranging from a sitting parlor to dining room to pantry. The natural light cycle interacts with the interior spaces, resulting in different color renditions as day goes by.

To protect from heat, the team of architects put in perfectly opaque walls on the sides exposed to intense sunlight. Meantime, the sides with less exposure to bright light had small openings built into the walls to promote air circulation, resulting in thermal comfort in the interior living spaces year round. The same applied to the house façade that’s its most outstanding feature. The vertical flat structure was made of bricks fired the old-fashion way and laid with air holes at intervals all the way across. The result is a breathing wall that allows in just enough light and a fresh supply of air. The light and spacious atmosphere lends a modern air to the home designed to be free from dust in summer and safe from inclement weather during the monsoon season. More importantly, it’s about privacy that comes with unique design.

Situated on a rectangular plot with narrow frontage, this box shaped house is enclosed by brick walls with ventilation holes built into them. They serve multiple functions as privacy screens, breathing walls, and means of admitting daylight into the interior.

It’s a house plan that prioritizes thermal comfort as well as functions. The staircase, storage room and bath are strategically placed on the east and west sides. During daytime hours they double as a layer of insulation to keep sunlight heat out. The hall at the center is spacious and well-lit, thanks to the skylight positioned directly above it. The area offers plenty of space for a sitting parlor, pantry and dining area as well as easy access to the bedroom, bathroom and small reading room on the mezzanine. Open concept design paired with perforated room dividers contributes to visual continuity that enables family to stay connected, happy and warm even on a busy day.

A small corridor lies between the outer brick wall and the inner wall decorated with transparent glass. Glass walls maximize natural light while protecting the interior living spaces from rain.
Well thought-out design adds privacy to the bedroom on the mezzanine. Opaque walls paired with perforated brick walls and skylight in the ceiling add a new dimension to design. Meantime, glass paneling for the wall is installed to protect the room from dust and inclement weather.

Breathing walls offer several advantages. By design, countless small holes in them let a moderate amount of light shine through, increase air circulation, and reduce interior temperatures to a comfortable level. Upfront, the vertical brick structure provides an awesome privacy screen that’s energy efficient and allows people inside to see out. Made from inexpensive local materials, it comes alive when good sunshine creates movement and a shadow play on the surface. And the show goes on day and night, thanks to the form, color and texture that give the brick wall its character.

The house walls are built of bricks placed on top of each other with a break between blocks to create countless small holes that allow light and air to enter and circulate freely. The resulting perforate shell contributes to physical ease and well-being in the tropical style home.

The night is aglow under the beams of electric light shining through the perforate shell. It’s a phenomenon that conjures up the image of a beautiful lantern symbolic of a joyful celebration.


This story is from Modern Vernacular Homes Special Issue: Happiness Matters. (Available here in Thai and English)

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Life After Retirement in the Provinces

Life After Retirement in the Provinces

Their retirement home epitomizes the “new life” many dream of. One such is Lisa Thomas, former manager of a famous hotel chain in Thailand who retired and moved with her mother to Ratchaburi.

“It was love at first sight. Our first arrival in Ratchaburi was, like this, in the rice growing season. I love the inexplicable green of rice paddies: somehow it always brings me a peaceful feeling.”

Lisa’s first impressions resulted in her choice of Ratchaburi Province as the site of this family home, but there were other reasons: convenience of being only two hours from Bangkok, good public utilities, and, importantly “the green horizon, without the view of skyscrapers from our old condo.”

Helping to bring Lisa’s dreams to reality were Research Studio Panin architects Assistant Professor Dr. Tonkao Panin and Tanakarn Mokkhasmita. Their design began with their listening intently and paying attention.

“We’re satisfied if we can manage to translate the everyday morning-to-evening life of a homeowner into each angle and corner of our house plan. Houses spring up gradually, resulting from our conversations with the owner. Solutions come from knowing how to step back and fully understand what we are listening to.”

Life After Retirement in the Provinces

This design answered fundamental home needs including functionality of use, features gradually added to support the owner’s natural habits, and principles of comfortable living such as “cross ventilation,” which allows air to move freely through the building.

A half-outdoor deck set in the middle of the house greets entering visitors, also capturing breezes from all directions as they transit from outside to inside. More than simply a stop on the way in, it’s a comfortable space for the owners to relax.

Life After Retirement in the Provinces

The building is laid out to follow the contour of the property, along a natural irrigation canal. To echo this locational context, a swimming pool is set parallel to the canal. The house faces west, but the problem of day-long heat is addressed with a basic structure of steel-reinforced concrete and an extended deck that widens to match the reach of the sun. Eaves and verandah have a steel framework that nicely frames the surrounding scenery.

“Without Lisa’s daily life here, the house would have no meaning. It awoke different levels in this space both from the perspective of form and in the actual space itself.” The location is in harmony with the nature of her life. In the everyday living areas – kitchen, dining room, living room – a high ceiling is called for. Louvers are set in narrow dividing panels between doors and windows for good ventilation throughout the day, bringing air into the central entrance hall and on into Lisa and her mother’s bedrooms in back, upstairs and downstairs.

“Time is the important thing now,” added Lisa. “I just want to use my time in the right way, doing what makes me happy, and part of that is returning to live with my mother, bringing back the feeling of life as a kid. The house is a safe space, recalling things that are engraved in my heart forever.” And it also memorializes the friendship felt by architects for the homeowner in a house that has created lasting happiness.

Container House with a Tropical Garden View

Container House with a Tropical Garden View

Shipping containers are easy to build and build onto. The owner of this home located in the Canggu area on the Indonesian island of Bali began trying out this concept with the intention of building a temporary home and ended with a permanent family residence.

Studio Tana’s designer architect Andika Japa Wibisana says the homeowner wanted to build a house and small office here, but the owner of the land wouldn’t sell, so he decided to build a container house in case he would have to move and build elsewhere. The designer envisioned possibilities, and came up with a house that answered the needs of all family members.

Container House with a Tropical Garden View

The design places smaller boxes inside a large box, the larger one a steel and glass frame, enabling creation of double walls that reduce sunlight and outside heat. The interior is composed of eighteen shipping containers, some opened up for a spacious, L-shaped central living area with a high ceiling.

“A lot of family members from Jakarta sometimes come to visit, so the living room opens out to connect with the garden, where some vegetable plots are set aside for children’s use,” said Andika.

The property is lower than the road in front, making the house about a half-storey lower than street level, with the garden behind gradually sloping further down. Looking up from the garden, the house appears to be set on a hill of fresh green grass. This beautiful atmosphere is enhanced by the gurgling of a nearby small stream.

The building’s left section holds an office and stairway, with that spacious open-plan living room to the right and service areas behind. Above, the shipping container near the garden projects outward for a better view of the green space: here is the master bedroom. Another section divides containers into kitchen and dining room. Interior décor here loses the industrial look: ceiling and walls are surfaced white, with real wood taking away the rawness of the steel.

The kitchen/pantry in a container on the second storey, with a structural dividing post in the middle.
The kitchen/pantry in a container on the second storey, with a structural dividing post in the middle.

Plants grow by the glass wall  as protection against heat. On the other wing the second floor holds two more bedrooms, one container used for one room. The entire second storey has a sharply sloping steel roof that forms an eave. Beneath is a balcony with a long walkway connecting to the building’s outer porch, all of exmet (expanded metal grating) for an attractive play of light and shadow below.

Even though some steel houses have a harsh look, this one is designed in response to a tropical lifestyle, with industrial materials combined in a way that gives an oriental look to this big 18-container home, creating convenience and comfort and meshing perfectly with the beautiful garden.

The front door divides the house left and right. Right is the office section, blocked off by a ridged container wall.
The front door divides the house left and right. Right is the office section, blocked off by a ridged container wall.
Large, spacious living room within a steel and glass frame that lets the sun in only in the morning. The tall ceiling helps reduce the heat. Evenings here are great for socializing.
Large, spacious living room within a steel and glass frame that lets the sun in only in the morning. The tall ceiling helps reduce the heat. Evenings here are great for socializing.
Another living room wall. On the ground floor is a washing area and bathroom. Clearly visible above is an arrangement of containers within the large steel frame.
Another living room wall. On the ground floor is a washing area and bathroom. Clearly visible above is an arrangement of containers within the large steel frame.
Container House with a Tropical Garden View
Spacious interior open area. Upstairs is a kitchen/pantry, dining area, and living space. Interior décor is in earth tones.
In the bedroom where the designer’s intent is to reduce the harshness of the steel with woodwork the walls and ceiling are white, as in an ordinary house. Utility systems are hidden in the pipe-like ceiling divider: the entire ceiling is not lowered, because of the height limitation of shipping containers.
In the bedroom where the designer’s intent is to reduce the harshness of the steel with woodwork the walls and ceiling are white, as in an ordinary house. Utility systems are hidden in the pipe-like ceiling divider: the entire ceiling is not lowered, because of the height limitation of shipping containers.
The kitchen/pantry in a container on the second storey, with a structural dividing post in the middle.
The kitchen/pantry in a container on the second storey, with a structural dividing post in the middle.
Relaxing Country Lifestyle

Relaxing Country Lifestyle

From time to time, it’s good to leave a hectic lifestyle behind. Escape to the countryside and enjoy life in the slow lane. Priceless! There’s nothing like staying close to nature and being surrounded by mountains and lush paddy fields. Do something you’ve never done before. You can be a part of a local community by getting involved in farm activities.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Samutcha Virapornd, BRL /// Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul // Design: Creative Crews // Structural Engineer: WOR Consultant Co., Ltd. // Mechanical Engineer: EXM Consultant Co., Ltd. // Handicrafts: Bundanjai Co., Ltd.

Collect freshly laid eggs from the chicken coop, pick mushrooms from the nursery, and get vegetables straight from the garden. Even cook your own meals using seasonal ingredients from the community. Or treat yourself to a chicken coop sauna amidst rice fields, a spa idea you never imagine. There are plenty of reasons a farmstay is the perfect experience as you learn to live in a natural environment. Ahsa Farmstay is offering tourists a chance to stay overnight on a working farm. It’s a place to be happy and have fun as you interact with people in the community and learn about their heritage and culture of farming.

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From Mueang Chiang Rai, head north towards Doi Mae Salong. About half way there, you come into Mae Chan District. Ahsa Farmstay is located on 85 Rai (33.6 acres) of land surrounded by views of the rolling terrain, fertile grounds and lush plains. The luxuriant vegetation encompassing the farm house makes the atmosphere calm and relaxing. The property owners have spared no effort in making sure visitors are happy physically and mentally as they gain an understanding of local culture and the beauty of traditional Lanna architecture.

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Ahsa Farmstay is the work of Creative Crews, an architectural design firm passionate about traditional Lanna architecture. By looking at the northern heritage from a different perspective, they are able to create a home that’s modern in style and functions. This is achieved by reducing design detail and embracing the traditional principles of form and layout. The result is a home that combines privacy, comfort and convenience. Ahsa Farmstay consists of four buildings. The property owners’ home sits at the center of the rectangular floor plan flanked by two-story buildings that provide guest accommodations on the left and right wings. There are four guest rooms in all. A pavilion that’s up front by the entrance provides a place to unwind and relax, and room for activities.

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Typical of house-on-stilts design, the underfloor space serves as open dining room with a kitchen hidden from view in the background. It’s equipped with stoves and facilities for food preparation. For visitors keen to experience truly country style meals, there’s a barbecue grill for cooking food out of doors.
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The lodging house offers two guest rooms, one on each floor. To prevent humidity damage, the room on the ground floor is built of brick with cement plaster. The exterior is painted earth tones to blend in with its natural surroundings.

Khun Im, who oversees Ahsa Farmstay, says the design concept is inspired by a desire to be a part of the local community. This is the first phase of an on-going experiment. The farm owners are a family that reside in this community. By living on the property, they are on hand to take care of their guests at all times. Determined to preserve their way of life, they prefer not to travel some distance to work in the city. And that’s what gives rise to the farmstay project.

“We have good relationships with the community and hire local carpenters to build. They are rare these days, but we find some in the neighborhood. For quality assurance, they work under our supervision. The project is built almost entirely of wood recycled from old houses. Our architects take the time to do it right. They go through each and every piece and handpick only the ones that meet specified construction standards,” he said.

An architect on the team added, “Reclaimed wood is the main building material because it can be sourced directly from the community. It comes in handy since some villagers are willing to sell it as reusable material. In the end, it’s about finding new use for old wood and adapting it to serve new purposes. Once the villagers see that we can do it well, they adopt the idea and technique to better suit their construction needs. In the end, it adds up to the continuation of cultural heritage and preservation of traditional Lanna architecture by passing on the skill and knowledge to young people in the community.”

Besides old wood, the team is able to put other recyclable materials to good use. They include concrete roof shingles that are rare nowadays. They are made the old-fashioned way using the pedal powered pottery wheel. Also known as the kick wheel, it’s an ancient manufacturing technique that has been passed on in the local community. To prevent leaks, the roof is covered by two layers of shingles. The weathered concrete look is beautiful. That’s not all. Ahsa Farmstay is also decorated with items of handicraft and furniture sourced directly from the community.

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All things considered, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. It gives other families in the neighborhood some idea of how they can offer a form of hospitality and lodging where guests can stay overnight at the home of locals and learn about their culture. It’s an opportunity to play host, cook food and share their lifestyle and culture. Like so, Ahsa Farmstay is planning on providing more guest rooms as demand for cultural tourism increases. And it works both ways. New lodgings will be built by local carpenters, which in turn generates supplemental incomes for the local community. In the big picture, it amounts to promoting a kind of tourism intended to support the conservation of cultural heritage, skill and knowledge in the community.

The designer wraps it up nicely. “It’s important that visitors refrain from causing changes in the community’s way of life. More than anything else, the farmstay provides the opportunity of learning something new about rural culture. Visitors are welcome to join in daily activities of locals. Architecture has a role to play for the betterment of society. The homes built by locals not only promote cultural tourism, but also contribute to efforts at sustainable development in the area.”

By looking at old Lanna architecture from a new perspective, a design team is able to create a home that’s up to date in style and functions. This is achieved by reducing design detail and embracing the traditional principles of form and layout. The result is a home that combines privacy, comfort and convenience.

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The second floor unit has a bed at the center. The room is enclosed by wood paneling that slides open to get a view of the natural landscape and slides shut for privacy.

This story is from Modern Vernacular Homes Special Issue: Happiness Matters. (Available here in Thai and English)


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Ahsa Farmstay is one of the 13 Special Homes from the Modern Vernacular Homes: Happiness Matters Issue, Thai and English version by the Baan Lae Suan Team. The issue is available now! If you are interested, please contact us. >>

Ahsa Farmstay is located on Soi Wat Mae Salong,
Soi 1, Mae Salong Village, Tambon Pa-sang,
Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai Province.
Tel: 09-7248-4674

The Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 is happening now

The Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 is happening now

Happening Now!

The Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 is happening now. Make yourself available and let’s go shopping! The premium international lifestyle trade show is promoting countless products and services contributing to the consumer’s way of life. While there, take the opportunity to attend a seminar on many interesting business topics. Want to succeed in business! Learn creative new ideas from business gurus. It’s free.

The show is a major confluence of ideas and lifestyle brands from across Asia. They include, among other things, gifts and souvenirs as well as home decorating items and lifestyle products from Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, and South Korea. It’s happening now on 21-23 August at Hall 98, BITEC Bang Na. Shop before it’s gone!

Some of the highlights you shouldn’t miss.

King Jim (HK) Co., Ltd. (Booth F-40) from Hong Kong


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Kirin Cosmetics Co., Ltd. (Booth G-16) from South Korea


“Shampoo” that’s rich in naturally derived proteins and the pH balance to keep your hair beautiful and healthy.

Thai Soojung Glass Co., Ltd. (Booths: H-26, H-28, J-25, J-27) Thailand


A leading glassware manufacturer that strives to improve its products, achieve the highest quality, and answer consumer lifestyle needs. Articles made from glass are preferred for their ability to withstand stains caused by contact with oil, grease and odors.

Dongguan Xinjin Gift Co., Ltd. (Booth: 9G-14) from China


It’s your style! Customize your handbag, accessories and keychains with small ornaments that have the power to delight and arouse admiration.


Mercanlar Mutfak Esyalari San Tic As (Booth B-20) from Turkey


“Salt and Pepper Grinder Set” brings an exciting experience to the dining table. Made of safe and food friendly materials, it’s durable, scratch resistant, and suitable for everyday use.

Seize the moment! Take full advantage of the opportunity by attending a seminar given by well-known business gurus at the show. There are plenty of interesting topics to excite your curiosity. Here is the list of events.


22 August 2019

10.30-11.30:  Topic B1: Lifestyle trends 2020: Sourcing the right products for your customers

11:30-12:30:  Topic B2: Success factors for Thai retailers in the Digital Era

13.00-14.00:  Topic B3: Miracle marketing: Invest a small amount earning million

15.00-16.00:  Topic B5: Drive business and accelerate growth along with Big C

23 August 2019

10.30-11.30:  Topic C1: Know the trends of E-commerce 2020

11.30-12.30:  Topic C2: Make million through content creation

13.00-14.00:  Topic C3 “Feng Shui” the auspicious directions for wealth, and “Wu Ching” the help to succeed in business

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Boy Pisanu Nimsakul’s Resort-Atmosphere House

Boy Pisanu Nimsakul’s Resort-Atmosphere House

This house, with its hidden Western flavor, calls out for us to relax and drink in its peaceful atmosphere. Its owner, multi-talented singer and MC Boy (Pisanu Nimsakul), had it designed as an escape from urban confusion: the green of plants, brown pebbled walkways, and a connection between his and his mother’s sections of the house allowing for both familiarity and privacy.

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Story: Samutcha Virapornd /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham 

Boy Pisanu

Boy’s house is on a thousand square meters in the Soi Yothin Pattana area, not far his old neighborhood. For the design he took the advice of his friend Sena Ling (Somkiat Chanpram) and hired Neung (Phanuphol Sildanchang) of PAA, whose work really impressed him.

“Meeting Neung, at first he just asked if I thought I could live with his style (laughs) . . .  but of course, that’s exactly what I came for, didn’t even need to spend much time on the details.”

Neung added, “If the customer understands and trusts our best design work, it makes it easy.”

Boy Pisanu

Boy wanted to be able to live with his mother and still have privacy for socializing with friends, so the house stretches wide, lengthwise along the property as it faces south toward the road. Mother and son’s sections have separate entries from a long walkway in the center of the property that essentially divides it into two courtyards, one a green area shared by Boy and his mother, and the other featuring a swimming pool that parallels a long porch accessible only from Boy’s section. This includes a gravel path running in from the carport along the rim of the garden fence so friends can come in without disturbing his mom.

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Neung says “I wanted to have every room in the house able to open window and look out as if on a private courtyard, kind of exciting! So without a lot of artifice or excess playing around with materials I’ve created the sense that there are a lot of courtyards, as people enter at different levels.”

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The central walkway has latticework screening between the two courtyard sections which keeps the buildings from appearing too separate, at the same time allowing for good air circulation on both sides. Trees are planted along the side to block the view from any neighboring houses that might be built in the future. In back he house abuts against a 3-storey townhouse in back with a wooden fence that blocks the view, covered with climbing plants such as cat’s claw vine.

Boy Pisanu

Boy Pisanu

To give the house a relaxing warmth, natural wood is used as much as possible. The weight-bearing steel frame is mostly hidden: some of the support pillars are completely natural wood. For the residential sections the roof is gabled, with long eaves to quickly drain water and heat, while in certain sections there is a modern-style flat roof. Various Western formats, proportions, and components have been inserted in a simple, unpretentious style. Interior décor includes movable furniture and light-colored cloth drapes for a gentle look that Boy’s sweetheart brought in.

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“It came out just as designed! Coming into the house it feels relaxed, like being in a resort. It’s a pleasure just to look out the window. At the same time, it feels like I’ve come home,” added Boy, obviously a happy man.



Want to make your millions?
Learn from business gurus at Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019

21-23 August 2019 at BITEC Bang Na

Starting a successful business isn’t really a big mystery. First things first, search the information that widens your knowledge and understanding of how a company works. Stay ready to act. Be on the alert for change and adapt to new circumstances. That’s enough to ensure your business success is within reach.

In the previous article, we presented information about the Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019, in which more than 500 exhibitors across Asia will participate from 21 to 23 August at Hall 98, BITEC Bang Na. More detail can be found at

The Expo offers a series of seminars on exciting topics that we don’t want you to miss. They are handpicked to help you discover new knowledge and be prepared to deal with future challenges. It’s a rare opportunity for many influential business gurus to gather together in one place for a common purpose. In other words, plenty of information to share with you!

Date: 21 August 2019

  • Time: 11.15 – 12.15
    Topic: Partnership with Giant: China Opportunities
    By: Miss Sirinada Preechavidhayakul
    Strongwave Co., Ltd. & Brand Manager Senada

Capture the critical success factors of fashion branding in China market. Meet the new generation management of SENADA; the leading Thai fashion brand, which firmly expands into the Chinese Upper Market. Understand the opportunity and threat of branding in China, partnership with distribution, and market-oriented design strategy.

  • Time: 13.00 – 14.00 hrs.
    Topic: Online Marketing Genius
    By: Dr. Ake Pattaratanakul,
    Professor, Marketing and Branding Chulalongkorn University

Online Branding is the key to ensure customer loyalty, gain market share in the highly competitive e-commerce arena. The branding guru makes you understand how to strengthen your brand by the synergy of online and offline. Be inspired by marketing for the future.

  • Time: 14.00 – 16.00 hrs.
    Topic: Overview of Global Lifestyle Industry
    By: Jirabool Vittayasing
    President of the Thai Gift Premiums & Decorative Association and Secretary-General of the Thai Lifestyle Products Federation Secretary-general of the Federation of Thai Lifestyle Products

How the Thai lifestyle industry has adapted to change amidst intense competition in the world marketplace. Countless online apps let people buy and sell and their fingertips. Now, where do we go from here to survive?

  • Time: 16.15 – 17.15 hrs.
    Topic: Make a Million with One Mobile
    By: Lecturer Mr. Cheeptham Kumvised
    PR, Writer, Blogger, Social Media for PR lecturer, Youtube Creator, Founder of, Board of committee for technology communication of tourism authority of Thailand

Money made easy through M-Commerce. Bring your phone and join us at the seminar. Listen to Guru who influence top Thailand key success people both in private and public sectors.


Date: 22 August 2019

  • Time: 10.30 – 11.30 hrs.
    Topic: Lifestyle Trend 2020: Sourcing the Right Product
    By: Wiwat Hirunpruk & Mr. Pradit Ratanawijitrasilp,
    Design Trend Expert & Fashion Marketing Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University

Make topnotch lifestyle products Sustain your decision by knowing forward trends to reach the high potential target consumers. Create a practical design and marketing plan for higher turnover.

  • Time: 11.30 – 12.30 hrs.
    Topic: Success Factors of Thai Retailers in the Digital Era
    By: Worawoot Ounjai
    President of the Thai Retailers Association and Chief Executive Officer of COL Public Company Limited

Topic you shouldn’t miss if you want to jump into the competitive retail industry. Listen to the speaker, unlock the secrets to successful brand building in the Digital Age. He is renowned for generating awareness and promoting the OfficeMate brand. The multi-million-baht COL Company’s success story has its origin in his master’s thesis.

  • Time: 13.00 – 14.00
    Topic: Miracle Marketing: Invest a small amount earning million
    By: Passa Palichaiwat
    Specialist in import-export of TCAT Cargo
    5 years’ experience in Chinese exports to Thailand

The topic touches upon various aspects of e-commerce, from web price comparison to wholesale/retail businesses and steps in buying from Chinese websites, among them, and What to do if you don’t know Chinese? The speaker will show you the way, plus a look at the credibility of some online stores, and service provided by TCAT Cargo.

  • Time: 14.00 – 15.00
    Topic: Smart exporter
    By Ajarn Pramuan Pengchan

The much-traveled lecturer believes adventures are the best way to learn. In 2005 he resigned from a teaching job at Chiangmai University and started a journey on foot heading for Samui Island, his birthplace. More lessons were learned along the way. His book titled “Walk to Freedom” has become an inspiration for many.

  • Time: 15.00 – 16.00 hrs.
    Topic: Drive Business and Accelerate BIG C Growth
    By Bruno Jousselin
    Organization: Executive Vice President, Global Sourcing, Big C 

Have you ever wondered what to do to sell your products at Big C? This session will show you exactly that. Learn about steps in the selection process and what rule applies from Mr. Bruno Jousselin, Organization: Executive Vice President, Global Sourcing, Big C, whose retail business experience spans more than 25 years.

Date: 23 August 2019

  • Time: 30 – 11.30 hrs.
    Topic: Marketing Trends of E-commerce 2020
    By: Mr.Pawoot Pongvitayapanu (Pom)
    Online entrepreneur, E-Commerce and Online media business leader, more than 20 years’ experience in Digital and Technology industry.

The speaker is the founder of, one of Thailand’s leading e-commerce companies. He will be sharing his knowledge in online trade and e-commerce trends for 2020. Want to start an online store? Then don’t miss out on it.

  • Time: 11.30 – 12.30
    Topic: Make Money through content Creation
    By: Kanakorn Khongprateep
    Creative Content Writer, SMEs News Reporter, MC, Lecturer, Speaker

How to make your first million through creative content writing, photography, and video editing as the key factors to promoting business in the Digital Age. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a newbie, using technology can improve your competitive edge.

  • Time 13.00 – 14.00
    Topic: Feng Shui and Wu Ching for Business Success
    By: Piemsak Kunakornprateep
    Director of The Writing Development Institute, Show Host, Author in Business Administration and Investing, Lecturer and Marketing StrategistAnd: Mr. Visit Taechakasem
    CEO of a company specialized in design, construction, and interior decoration, and an authority on Chinese geomancy, or Feng Shui

Let’s familiarize ourselves with Feng Shui, a Chinese practice governing spatial arrangement and site orientation. If you’re in the market for decorating materials, it helps to know where to place them to create harmony with the surroundings. An auspicious setup within a place of residence can have positive aspects of your life. While there, learn about marketing strategies and investing from the two famous business gurus.

Just a reminder! The seminar is FREE! Booking open now so hurry limited seats available.

Special privileges for pre-registration to attend the show.

Privilege 1: You have the right to reserve a seat 15 minutes before the seminar starts. To enjoy the opportunity, register here:

Privilege 2: Pre-register for a chance to win FREE AIR TICKET (Bangkok-Hong Kong)! See more detail at:

For further information, please call 02-203-4271, or email us at:

Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019
Make money, Live better
Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019
August 21-23, Hall 98, BITEC Bang Na

Highlights of the Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2019

Highlights of the Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2019

Highlights of the Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2019
August 3-11, BITEC Bang Na

The Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2019 is taking place on August 3-11 at Halls 98-104, BITEC Bang Na. Appropriately themed “Hand and Heart”, the expo is a hub of home goods, decorating ideas and pastime activity for enjoyment and earning extra incomes. It gives the opportunity for an update on design and experiments with various methods and techniques.

Flashbacks: A glimpse into the Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2018

The Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2019 is an eye-opening experience to all things people love to do in their free time. The highlights of the show include fun activities for furnishings and home décor, Instagram worthy spots, places to chill out, and plenty of interesting exhibitions and retail businesses. Precisely, there’s something for everyone. You just have to be there and see for yourself.

Hand and Heart Theme Entrance

Above is an artist’s rendering of the entrance to the midyear home and garden fair. The striking architectural landscape is built of wood posts and beams connected by metal braces and adorned with beautiful rope crafts. The symbolic image expresses ideas and a whole new state of mind about the show’s Hand and Heart theme. The opening at the center provides a focal point that leads the viewer’s gaze in and around the sign that says “Baan Lae Suan Fair Midyear 2019”. Plenty of photography spots! Here are the highlights of the show.

  1. Artisan Village

The Artisan Village is a group of handyman’s huts designed for people who love to DIY and make things. It consists of five homes, each catering to the needs of specific crafts. The atmosphere is like visiting a friend’s home and seeing how creative people turn their knack for crafting into cool projects and pastime activity. Whether it’s art or craft which results in a tangible object, the main idea is about doing what you love.

A home for people who enjoy making food and drinks

The kitchen is the hub of family life. The skill of preparing food isn’t just mixing and heating ingredients. It also involves raw material selection and processing. Here, the aroma of baked goods and a cup of coffee will overwhelm you. Drip for Friends, who’s an aficionado in coffee bean roasting and drip coffee making, will do exactly that. Also on hand will be Ninlabon Panin of Sunny Bear Coffee Roasters & Handcraft Bread Baker. They are renowned for their knowledge and skill in every step of bread, cake and pastry making, from yeast preparation to kneading moistened flour into dough and paste for baking. Stop by for a workshop on sourdough making!

A home decorated with embroidery

It’s a show about decorating with ribbons and various patterns by สาริศา ไชยเม็ง of Sacha Studio and crocheted items by Craft Therapy Studio. The latter is known for its physical and mental health treatment benefits. Textile crafts are found to increase self-esteem among people with depression and other health problems. Craft is good for home decorating, too.

A home for woodworking and leathercraft enthusiasts

The sounds of a hammer and a chisel fill the air as you walk into a show by Pakpoom Wittayaworakan of Meanwhile Woodwork. Witness leathercraft tools at work at Smith & Sons, which is renowned for its handmade custom footwear. If you’re looking for ideas to decorate your home with leathercraft and woodworking, you have come to the right place.

A home for ceramic lovers

We are surrounded by ceramic products in our daily living. But, do you know that the art of making ceramics involves a detailed series of steps and countless experiments? To satisfy your thirst for knowledge, we invited professional ceramicists from Mon Studio to create unique art forms that will surprise you. It’s a show serious ceramic lovers shouldn’t miss.

House of books, printing and graphic art

It’s a show for people who like to read, make art with paper, and try their hand at graphic art printing. For a plethora of interesting ideas, drop in at the Book House, a division of Baan Lae Suan Printing and Publishing. Paper art lovers will have the opportunity of meeting Kittinan Sawasdee of Artist Book Studio, who is well known for drawing and making story books by hand. His paper artwork makes great home décor items. At the same time, the Archivist Studio will be on hand to demonstrate steps in graphic art printing and other techniques that art lovers shouldn’t miss.

The Artisan Village also has a common area, where visitors are welcome to attend craft making workshops and exhibitions by experts from each of the five houses listed above.

  1. my home

Welcome to “my home” Studio, and see for yourself the maneuvers that go on behind the scenes before a video clip is made ready for broadcast on “home hack” television program. The show presents a wide range of topics ranging from home improvements to arrangement ideas for the home office and bedroom, even the most cluttered space like the wardrobe. It’s a good opportunity to meet the capable teams from “my home” magazine and “my home” workshop during the show.

If you bring your well-behaved dogs and cats to the show, stop by at the Baan Lae Suan Pets zone. Receive a free cloth tote bag and pet food when you register at “my home” Booth located inside Hall 100. Have fun taking a selfie at the Baan Lae Suan Pets corner. Post it as your Facebook profile, and enter for a chance to win free accommodation at an iBis hotel, where pets are allowed. Nine prices are given out daily.

Not only that. On Sunday August 11 between 11 a.m. and 12 noon, Sunthara Sajjavatcharapong of Jojo Dog Master will give a talk on dog training and the art of communicating with your canine friends. Meantime, P. Hall of “my home” magazine and his dog named P. Moo will demonstrate a few handy hacks that every dog owner should know and share experience about obedience training. For your convenience, remember to bring a stroller in which your beloved pets can be pushed along without getting lost.

  1. room Showcase

room Design Island

Room magazine is showcasing an imaginary island located at the center of the midyear expo. The striking architectural landscape symbolizes a perfect blend of health and a holiday atmosphere. It’s the product of a collaboration between “room” and its allies in the design industry, including Thor Gai Chon Studio, Gold House Décor, as well as Camp Studio, Palini, and Mitr.

room x Thor. Kaichon Bamboo

Inspired by bamboo handicrafts, the modular showcase is built using bamboo and trendy outdoor fabric materials designed for durability. It’s the work of “room” magazine in collaboration with Thor. Kaichon Bamboo.

room x Gold House

Three designer groups, namely, Camp Studio, Palini, and Mitr also participate in designing the imaginary summer showcase on the beach. The SOL OUT brand of outdoor fabric used in the construction is provided by Gold House Décor, one of Thailand’s leading manufacturers, distributors and exporters of home textile products.

room x Pakalolo

The right amount of coffee is good for you, so they say. Why not stop by at the Hawaiian style pop-up café by Pakalolo? The coffeehouse from Bangkok’s Soi Ari neighborhood is offering light meals and drinks during the nine-day expo. It’s time to fall in love with its pastry creations and “mocktail” recipes. Some items on the menu are created especially for this year’s show.