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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.

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Story: Samutcha Viraporn /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham 


Container House with a Tropical Garden View

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.

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.

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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


“KITTA Masking Tape” is available in a variety of widths and colors. Ready for use, it can be conveniently stored in card holders inside business planners. Have fun decorating your diary and business planner any way you like.


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

Find out more at:

A new trade expo that opens the door to business opportunities in Asia. It’s for you!

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Free Seminar! You Shouldn’t Miss. Ideas to make your “millions” from business gurus at the Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019  




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 Viraporn /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham 

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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.”

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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.

Little Farmhouse in the Fields

Little Farmhouse in the Fields

Six years before this October’s rice planting season Koi (Naiduangta Pathumsut) and Rung (Rungroj Kraibut) began building this house with a meager savings of three hundred thousand baht. That didn’t produce the home we see today, but was enough for the concrete structure and roof. Before long their enthusiasm and energy produced this house, the pride of the local countryside.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Sarayut Sreetip-ard /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham /// Style: Jeedwonder 

Folding doors of old wood open wide, giving the house an old-fashioned atmosphere

“Ton Tarn” (“Stream Trees”) is the name of the single-storey house Koi’s parents first built back when the trees were seedlings. They bequeathed it to her and Rung, who built this new house connecting to the original.

Folding doors of old wood open wide, giving the house an old-fashioned atmosphere
Folding doors of old wood open wide, giving the house an old-fashioned atmosphere

Koi was born here in Suphan Buri, but moved when in kindergarten. Eventually completing Thai Language Studies at the Faculty of Education in Chiang Mai, she worked in Bangkok before returning to Suphan to help her father with his work in overcoming child illiteracy. Uthai Thani native Rung studied environmental geography and has worked for the Seub Nakhasathien and Sarnsaeng-arun Foundations to promote learning about living with nature. After the great flood of 2011 the couple built this two-story home – connecting to the original single-storey house – to escape future flooding.

“If we’d waited to get all the money, we’d have never been ready, we wouldn’t have started or done it,” said Rung.

With the steady help of local craftsmen the basic structure was built in two years, but by then the money had run out and the work had to depend on just the two hands of “Craftsman Rung” for the wood walls, doors, windows, and some furniture.

“I figured on using nimtree and Burmese rosewood trees on our property, and we still had old wood, doors, and windows set aside. After another two years the exterior looked finished, but there was still a lot of work to do.”

A multi-use spot opening on a wide view, with steel “cage doors” for security
A multi-use spot opening on a wide view, with steel “cage doors” for security
Rung’s bicycle collection and workshop supports his hobby: cycling into Chiang Mai with friends, doing a solo trek to Uthai Thani, etc.
Rung’s bicycle collection and workshop supports his hobby: cycling into Chiang Mai with friends, doing a solo trek to Uthai Thani, etc.
The kitchen wall has painted green shutters, “tank-shaped” chairs, and a simple shelf above the door
The kitchen wall has painted green shutters, “tank-shaped” chairs, and a simple shelf above the door
The kitchen wall has painted green shutters, “tank-shaped” chairs, and a simple shelf above the door
The kitchen wall has painted green shutters, “tank-shaped” chairs, and a simple shelf above the door


The 9-acre property includes the parents’ house, the main house, and a rice granary. There’s a natural well with a planted bamboo border. Umbrella bamboo is grown for its edible shoots, and giant thorny bamboo for fencing. The bamboo orchard is in one area, rice paddies in another, and big, harvestable trees remain from the time of Rung’s grandfather.

“November to March is the perfect season for growing leafy vegetables we use ourselves, but we switch crops sometimes. Vine veggies like string beans, loofah, and squash are perennials, a natural way to prevent disease and insects that often spread when growing just a single crop.”

“The image of our house in the middle of the fields looks great. We can’t do anything about how farming in the area has changed: use of chemicals, burning sugarcane fields. We can only adapt to it and build on our own natural world. Our joy is in the pride of doing things with our own hands. There’s nothing perfect in nature: it’s all a learning experience, like life as a married couple, gradually adapting. Where we can’t adapt, we create understanding so we can live together.”

Next to the house is a woodworking shop Rung also uses to store wood. Scaffolding used to build the house was converted to storage racks.
Next to the house is a woodworking shop Rung also uses to store wood. Scaffolding used to build the house was converted to storage racks.

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Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019

Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019

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

How to become an entrepreneur? For those who aspire to operate your own business and get maximum benefits by selling the best quality with the lowest price products, or build new brands to open your retail store or selling through online channels, there are plenty of ideas worth checking out at Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019. The leading trade fair for the lifestyle industry is set to make its debut in Bangkok at BITEC Bang Na, during 21-23 August 2019.

Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 organized by Comasia Limited (the organizer of Hong Kong’s Mega Show Series) in partnership with N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd. (NEO). Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 is a perfect business platform to present the latest collections of lifestyle products from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and India. The Expo will feature the latest products from over 500 manufacturers across the lifestyle industry, including Gifts & Premiums, Toys, Stationeries, Smart Living Gadgets, Aromatic Products, Housewares & Home Décor that look cool and skillfully designed. More than anything else, their quality is guaranteed while the design is capable of answering specific lifestyle needs. Don’t miss it! If you are the business owner or person who is involved in the procurement of shopping malls, retail stores or even want to start to own your business.

In addition, there are several free-to-attend seminars conducted by renowned speakers, covering various topics including Miracle marketing Invest a small amount earning million, Partnership with Giant: China Opportunities, Online Branding Strategy, Lifestyle Trend 2020: Sourcing the Right Product, etc. and participation in business matching activities, for those interested to get business connections. Find more information:

10 BOOTHS at the Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 You can’t miss it!

1. JE (H.K.) Co., Limited (Hong Kong)
Booth F-06

If you love the pleasant, sweet smell of British Pear & Freesia or Wood Sage & Sea Salt by Jo Malone, you definitely can’t miss this stand. The show’s highlight is the “AROMAGIC” solid aroma product developed jointly with Givaudan of Switzerland that is renowned for perfume making the experience more than 250 years and designed by a world-class award-winning team like the Red Dot Design Award.

2. Travel Products Corporation Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Booth F-14, F-16

One of Hong Kong’s leading travel goods manufacturers, they are renowned for offering high-quality bags and backpacks. Their travel goods made of durable materials including nylon, polyester, polyurethane, cotton, and faux leather. Travel Products’ cool pack designed for people with a sense of adventure.

3. Eva Fong Shades Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
Booth B-27

Looking for a great way to divide a room? The Top Shades Company of Taiwan is presenting many inspiring ideas that will make your place smarter and tidier. There are a wide variety of eco friendly materials and superior quality.

4. Top Choice International Enterprises Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Booth H-33

DON’T MISS! If you are a big fan of vintage style. The Ariete, a leading Italian brand of kitchen appliances and coffee makers. Their products are known for an exquisitely beautiful design that’s rich in functions and easy to use. The Top Choice, a sales representative from Hong Kong, is ready to show in Thailand.

5. CIH Hong Kong Limited (Hong Kong)
Booth F-44

Many notable achievements have brought the company fame and respect for its quality products; electric fans, heaters, and air purifiers. Their innovative design products are durable and capable of meeting modern lifestyle needs.

6. Tints Development (H.K.) Limited (Hong Kong)
Booth G-49

There are various electronic devices at the booth. Their products are focusing on the design to have an exotic look, modern, good quality, convenient, flexible, and suitable for today’s lifestyle.

7. Deeray Global Co., Ltd. (China)
Booth 9G-19

Another exciting booth, the famous company is for combining innovative design with advances in new technology and their quality system can be demonstrated to provide confidence a product will fulfill requirements for quality. Plenty of new lifestyle goods await your arrival.

8. Yiwu Think Tanks Trading Co., Ltd. (China)
Booths 9G24, 9G26, A23, A25

Don’t miss out on fantastic product lines from YOYOSO, one of China’s world-class lifestyle brands and has become a favorite for its remarkably creative power, high-quality standards, and the aura of modernity in every design.

9. Solmazer Mutfak Esyalari San. Tic. Ltd. Sti. (Turkey)
Booths C-19, C-21

Every dish on the menu requires a different set of tools and containers to meet specific cooking needs. Solmazer is one of the leading brands in Turkey, focusing on creating standard products, including the quality and design of products that come with bright colors and can use them more flexible.

10. Nineteen Intertrade Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
Booth K-20

Kitchen equipment and home furnishings that are mainly focused on woodwork, inspired by ordinary household articles, and adapted to become ideally suited to modern living. Nineteen Intertrade is among several Thai companies exhibiting at the show. If design is one of your favorites, drop in for the show of exceptional products and design. You won’t be disappointed.

Find more product highlights here:

The Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019 is a major confluence of the world’s manufacturing industries that’s happening for the first time in Thailand. It represents a continuation of efforts at turning Thailand into a regional hub for importing and exporting lifestyle products both within the ASEAN region and the world at large.

Find out what business opportunity is right for you at:

Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019
August 21-23, Hall 98, BITEC Bang Na
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Natural Surroundings: Mountains, River, Shady Trees

Natural Surroundings: Mountains, River, Shady Trees

On Kanchanaburi’s River Kwai we stand beneath tall trees, their canopy of robust branches and green leaves filtering sunlight into shade as a cool, comfortable breeze riffles the water and we gaze out across the Erawan National Park forest. This enchanted spot is where CEO Dr. Suwin Kraibhubes of Beauty Community, Pcl. decided to build his vacation home.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Patsiri Chot /// Photography: Anupong Chaisukkasem /// Design: Rojanin milintanasit /// Owner-decorator: Dr. Suwin Kraibhubes

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“In the old days there was a resort here, but abandoned, it fell apart. Coming here on a visit I found myself getting excited about this panoramic mountain view, the forest preserve, the peaceful river. I hadn’t known  Kanchanaburi had such a quiet, pleasant riverside woodland as this.”

Dr. Suwin had always had a deep feeling for good design and home decoration. He followed this up with a lot of reading from many sources, and bought furniture and house accessories to add to his own collection and deck out this vacation home in a style suiting this great location on the River Kwai.

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“I had a lot of ideas, including building on the original resort’s foundations, and found an architect to help. With modern-style gable roofs, the shapes are reminiscent of a tobacco-curing plant. I didn’t want to make the house too eye-catching, but more low-key, in tune with nature, so we used strong, dark colors with natural materials such as wood, stone, and steel, materials with beautiful colors and textures of their own, that also are easy to maintain. The result is a relaxed retreat where we don’t stay every day, but that fits in beautifully with the natural environment.”

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Dr. Suwin’s personal living space is a compact house on a hill directly above the water. The full residence extends across the property: another three steel-frame buildings are set in a quiet corner. There is a separate structure in the center for use as a reception area and common dining room near a two-story house built to accommodate more family members and friends.

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“I live on the river bank for comfort. It’s a little like a greenhouse: the walls are glass and face out on the river, giving both a beautiful view and privacy. Mornings I really enjoy looking out from the porch. I can see everything from there, it feels like we’re in the middle of everything!”

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Dr. Suwin gets a lot of outdoor time here, playing in the water with the kids, kayaking, jet skiing, enjoying nature by Tha Thung Na Dam. Sometimes in the cool evening air he sits out on a raft, socializing with his friends.

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“I really love that this house has both mountains and river. Outside we get the full benefits of being close to nature: almost no landscaping needed. I love the big trees the most, giving the house that refreshing. shady frame.”

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Container House for a Family Full of Different Characters

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Starting with the idea of building a temporary residence from commercial containers, Charnwit Ananwattanakul of Wish Architect Design Studio had to analyze the different characters of the family members who would live there. In the end, this temporary project became a permanent house made from 15 containers.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Samutcha Viraporn /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham /// Design: Charnwit Ananwattanakul of Wish Architect Design Studio /// Owner: Non and Chutiporn Som Chobkhai

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The house has 2 wings, one used for the living area. The master bedroom is on the second floor. An open wood-floored multipurpose space runs longitudinally through the house as a sort of inner courtyard, enabling family interaction and serving as a channel for heat release and air circulation from front to back. Similar decks in front and back follow the width of the house and set it back a distance to reduce heat entering the container elements of the house. Trees planted in front add another level of protection from the western sun.

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Blocking partitions behind the house create a wind channel to reduce any late-morning heat from eastwards. To minimize heat and humidity, bathrooms are placed on the south side, some containing plants suggestive of old-time country houses where bathing was done outside, pouring from water jars. Another important feature is the sprayed-in roof insulation.

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The living room is done in a spacious “open plan” style, connecting it to the large food preparation area/pantry with facilities such as a coffee brewer, an island with a gas range, and storage shelves for kitchenware with a large protective screen to keep the space more orderly. The second-floor verandah has a gap cut where netting is placed for people to sit, lie back, and chill; this also helps release heat and brings natural light into the central area, as well as giving it depth.

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To avoid a busy look, white was chosen as the primary color for interior décor. Because of the limitations of working utility systems, a lot of them necessarily show inside the house. Some metal posts had to be added to container walls and ceilings to accommodate electrical systems without further lowering the already rather low container ceilings. A steel framework was constructed to meet the proportions of container walls, as well. The wood of the inner “courtyard” and decks gives a warm feeling.

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In front of the house that feeling is a little diminished, as real stone is used in the staircase area to give the atmosphere of a modern-design garden, playing off the boxlike shape of the container house. The fence also features a play of vertical and horizontal lines, using the language of design to simultaneously create a look of transparency and a sense of privacy.

Each area is designed to suit the behavior of the family members living there, and this links the family and strengthens relationships all the more.