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“Pattani Decoded” Pattani Design Week

“Pattani Decoded” Pattani Design Week

Once you get to know it better, you will find Pattani is really quite interesting. A design week aptly named “Pattani Decoded” took place from 29 August to 1 September 2019. Living ASEAN is on location to file this report.

 

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

“Pattani Decoded” is the perfect example of an esprit de corps among the city’s handpicked architects, designers and people in the community. It celebrates the richness of diverse cultural heritage and history that gives this southern town its character.

The show transforms the streets of Pattani into an outdoor gallery featuring design and architectural masterpieces. They rekindle old memories from the time of King Rama III to the Japanese invasion of Thailand during World War II and important events in recent history. The cool places to visit are on Pattanipirom, Anoaru, and Ruedi raods in Pattani Old Town, a melting pot where peoples of Thai, Chinese, and Malay descent are mixed together.

The Old Town that’s the historic heart of Pattani is alive and well today. People use their artistic abilities and creativity to liven up buildings and improve their neighborhoods. They give locals and tourists hope for the future. Favorite things to do include a journey on foot through the Old Town, a boat ride on the Pattani River, and a visit to the official residence of the first governor of Pattani.

The highlight event is an exhibition by a group called “Pattani Art Space”. Meantime, art enthusiasts have the opportunity of meeting up with luminaries such as Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Boonserm Premthada, and Saran Yen Panya. More fun events include an architectural design competition, Chef Table demos by famous restaurants, retail businesses, live music as well as workshops on shoemaking from waste materials by Tlejourn, Lepus fabric making by Benjametha, and discussions on great works of literature.

Why called it “Pattani Decoded”? Rachit Radenahmad, leader of the organizer group “Melayu Living”, replied: “We want locals to know that design is something close at hand, something within their reach. Meantime, this land abounds with good things. Going forward, people need to mix design with their beautiful cultural heritage. In so doing, they convert coded messages into intelligible language.

“We manage to get locals to participate in showcasing their homes or other places of residence. People are energized by the idea, and the show draws the biggest response both in Pattani and nearby provinces. We have so many good things here that people sometimes take for granted. The region may be known for violence, but art is always in the heart of everyone. That’s the message we are sending to the world outside.”

By all accounts it’s a well-thought-out design festival despite certain limitations. The show is giving talented architects, designers and students a chance to showcase the beauty, charm and adventure of Pattani to the world outside. At the end of the day, it’s about getting people to change their point of view, visit the historic southern town, and come away impressed.

The 33rd Architect’19 Makes It Big Across the ASEAN

The 33rd Architect’19 Makes It Big Across the ASEAN

Determined to make it one of the top expos in architecture, building materials and construction with a focus on advances in Thai and international architecture, the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage and the N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd. (NEO) are hosting the 33rd Architect’19 under the theme of “Living Green” during 30 April – 5 May, 2019. Thousands of brands will showcase the latest in technological innovations, products and services in architecture and building materials from 40 countries worldwide.

The NCC Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd. is committed to further developing connections between exhibitors and potential buyers from architectural and construction industry especially those from neighboring countries such as CLMV through business matching program. So far the expo has drawn the biggest response from industries across the region. It is anticipated that more than 400 business meetings will take place this year. The expo is expected to generate more than 10 billion baht in total sales. Some of confirmed buyers include:

  • Cambodia: Heng Asia, one of the largest shopping centers for architectural and interior design products and services, Unisun Development Corp, which owns and operates office and residential complexes, warehouses and industrial plant renovation services, as well as leading companies such as Hatha Architects, Golden Axis Architecture and Decoration, and Marron Design Studio.
  • Myanmar: Pro1 Global Home Center, a major shopping center for building supplies and decorating materials.
  • India: Adroit Design India Pvt Ltd provides innovative solutions for architectural and interior design.
  • Indonesia: G-Architect and Asia Interior Design will also be meeting with local business participants during the show.

To promote a green experience, the organizer is providing free shuttle van service between BTS Mo Chit station (exit 2), MRT Chatuchak station (exit 4) and IMPACT Exhibition Center during the show, bring your own cup and receive free drinks at the rest area, And to cut down on plastic waste, shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable cloth bags. Ideas on reducing paper use is available when you download the ASA Application and get information updates on the show and get a chance to win prizes worth more than 500,000 Baht.

Register now for free to attend the show at https://eventinsight.co/el/to/F2CcfE

See you at the 33rd Architect’19 on the theme of “Living Green” during 30 April – 5 May, 2019 at Challenger 1-3, IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information, get the latest news updates at www.asa.or.th/architectexpo or follow us on Facebook: ASA CREW.

The Architect ’19; Green Lifestyle the Key to Saving Planet Earth

The Architect ’19; Green Lifestyle the Key to Saving Planet Earth

Earth’s average surface temperature is rising. Climate change results in new weather patterns, while pollution in the city has far exceeded the acceptable level in many places. Not to mention polar ice caps that are melting rapidly and marine animals dying from entanglement in plastic on which we have become overly dependent. In so many ways, humans are negatively impacting the environment. The problem is coming back to haunt us. It begs the question; Are we destroying Earth, or not?

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Organized by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA), the 2019 edition of the architecture exhibition is about raising environmental awareness. Its main theme ‘Living Green’ is designed to inspire people to be more mindful of the natural environment and sustainable living choices. The event is rich in exhibits, ranging from the idea of smart cities to zero waste living to innovative green products.

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Green exhibition structures provide a focus of attention. They are built of eco-friendly materials such as paper tubs and vetiver fiberboards. The exhibition pavilion showcases the best pieces of advice about a recycling process that begins and ends with paper. In a nutshell, it’s not about something being used once and then disposed of. Rather, it’s about reuse and recycles. Paper tubing that comes from plants can be used many times over and then converted into reusable materials again and again.

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ZERO WASTE: Living without making trash

Is living without producing trash doable? Answers can be found at the Zero Waste exhibition zone. The show is organized in cooperation with the Thai Health Promotion Center. It encourages individuals to be conscious of trash they make and find ways of reducing it each day. The presentation is divided into four zones. “Check and Shock” reminds people to take stock of what they do in the day and assess the amounts of trash they make. “Waste Land” presents an updated look into the mounting waste problem. “Waste Wow” showcases innovative ways to cut down discard matter, while “Waste World” is about finding ways to reduce trash that has overwhelmed our environment.

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SMART CITIES: Energy saving isn’t just a dream.

The Smart Cities Zone presents the feasibility of an urban area that incorporates many kinds of technologies to improve the quality of life and reduce energy use. They include programs such as Smart Mobility, Smart Energy, Smart Infrastructure, and Smart Governance that relies on the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data/Open Data, and Plan Tech in resource management.

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GREEN BUILDING SHOWCASES: Save Earth, conserve energy.

No longer is green building an imagined scenario in a case study. It’s happening for real, and the number is increasing. Green building is about creating energy-saving structures capable of reducing negative impacts on the environment. There are several of them in Thailand including some high-rise buildings that have become familiar sights, as well as a few lesser known places that have won recognition for being environmentally responsible. This show presents an updated look into green buildings from 21 countries across Asia, absolute go-to exhibits for visual inspiration.

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ASA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION: Uncanny sustainability

The ASA International Design Competition 2019 is dedicated to exciting new ideas in environmental sustainability. The principle by which design will be judged is the quality of being radical, unexpected and capable of bringing about change, hence the term Uncanny Sustainability. Enter for a chance to win 4,000 USD plus a research trip to Japan for first prize, plus smaller amounts for second and third prizes, and three honorary mentions. Here’s the link for more information. www.asacompetition.com

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ASA FORUM 2019: World famous architects talk

Are you searching for design inspiration? Some of the architects who have great influence in green building will participate in this year’s ASA Forum. They include big names in the world of environmental sustainability, such as Kai Uwe Bergmann of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), who is the driving force behind several big projects and teaches Urban Resiliency at the University of Pennsylvania. He is joined by influential architects from Atelier Ten, New York, that’s expert in a high-rise building; as well as like-minded professionals from Foster and Partners; and Sanne van de Burgh of MVRDV, one of 25 high-profile architects to keep an eye out for this year. Homegrown personality will be there, too, including architects from Stu/d/o, and the design group Eco Architect. Together, they will make the Architect ‘19 a very interesting event.

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FEEL-GOOD SHOPPING

Here to make your life easier. More than 850 companies worldwide, will be selling goods, staging shows and providing information at the Architect ‘19. Among them, the SCG Cement-Building Materials Co., Ltd. will feature advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) for home automation. Its exhibit, titled “Smart Living Solution,” focuses on the opportunity to benefit from new ways of living.

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Jorakay Corporation Co., Ltd. will introduce GColor by Graphenstone, natural paint that will add unique colors to the home inside and out while being environmentally sustainable. The new product line is Cradle to Cradle Certified, which means it’s gone through the five steps in an on-going improvement process for quality assurance and ensure that it doesn’t contribute to global warming.

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Thammasorn Co., Ltd. will exhibit water tanks with pumps and creative space saving ideas that are designed to be practical and eco-friendly.

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TPI Polene Public Co., Ltd. will display paint made with nanotechnology. Its product has won the Official Label Number 5 for energy saving and not being environmentally harmful.

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Mogen (Thailand) Co., Ltd. will showcase new sanitary ware and bathroom furniture that combines natural elements with modern design.

Häfele (Thailand) Limited will display digital door locks, intelligent lighting systems, and window blinds that provide variable amounts of light to keep the interior cool.

The AICA Company of Japan will exhibit a new line of translucent sheeting and beach pool ideas for the home interior, while AGC presents Halio smart-tinting glass capable of blocking heat, reducing glare and saving energy. The intensity of light shining through can be controlled via the smartphone.

The most important thing is to enhance public awareness regarding global warming and to save the natural environment from further destruction. All things considered, the Architect ‘19 on the theme of “Living Green” will take place at from April 30 – May 5, 2019 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.

Register to attend the show at https://eventinsight.co/el/to/8kIdQ6 or download ‘ASA Application’ for free on Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS) for a chance to win prizes worth more than 500,000 Baht. For more information, please visit www.asa.or.th/architectexpo.

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Before It Came To Be the “Pumpkins” Project by Yayoi Kusuma

Before It Came To Be the “Pumpkins” Project by Yayoi Kusuma

Anyone coming to the City during this period will almost certainly see major art works by many world-class artists. These are set up in shopping malls, along walkways, even in temples, as part of the contemporary international art festival Bangkok Art Biennale 2018.

One of the artists we’ve been keeping close track of is Yayoi Kusama, known for artistic expression through repetition of polka dots on various materials and objects, some of them inspired by “Auntie Yayoi’s” frequent visual reflections on relationships that uses pumpkins as a medium, for example in the piece entitled Inflatable Pumpkins Balloons. This gorgeous exhibition consists of 14 balloons suspended from the ceiling of Central World, hanging chandelier-like above a wide area also adorned with those signature red dots.

When the project was transported from Japan it was still in an unfinished state, but on arrival at Central world it was swarmed by both a Japanese and a Thai work team speeding to complete all the details, not in just the one or two days we were there watching, but over a period of many days. The subtleties of the Japanese, insisting on perfection in every detail, allowed not the smallest imperfection. Those floating balloons weren’t simply inflated and hung up: light wiring had to be strung through an elaborate framework constructed of beams and internal supports. It took all that and more to produce these beautiful airborne pieces we know as Inflatable Pumpkins Balloons.

Why does it have to be Pumpkins?

This seems like a question most people might ask! In an interview on the Louisiana Channel Auntie Yayoi answered, “I love pumpkins because of their funny shapes, sometimes quite like human facial features, and they give me a warm feeling.”

The pumpkin shape has been a staple of her artistic work dating back to the 1950’s: she’s always been attracted to materials whose natural forms had an unevenness to them and also showed repetitive patterns. Adding to her unique view is a neurological condition that has caused her to have double vision since age 10, and has actually contributed to her producing such world-class artistic work.

Another spot everyone can see Yayoi Kusama’s Work is Fashion Gallery 3, on the 1st Floor of Siam Paragon: I Carry On Living With The Pumpkins (Silver Pumpkin and Red Pumpkin) gives us a pair of Auntie Yayoi’s signature pumpkin works. One of the sculptures features silver dots in subtly detailed mosaic patterns reflecting various things hidden in them. Another, in the same area, is a red pumpkin with black polka dots which we’re able to view up close. On its installation date it appeared to involve just a simple setup of 2 ordinary pieces of art, but the actual story is a bit more complex. Due to the size and great weight of the works, plus the fact that there were no easy protuberances to grab onto, bringing them through the doors with both pieces remaining in perfect condition was a huge challenge to pull it off, and in the end it took from nighttime till the break of dawn to do it successfully.

What a strange experience! Art exhibitions aren’t always an easy business, right? Well, so many people have put in so much great work, it would be a pity if not enough folks saw it . . . so what are you waiting for? Get down here!

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Singapore Group Is Maison & Objet Designer of the Year Asia 2017 / Five Asia-Pacific Rising Talents Shine in Paris

Singapore Group Is Maison & Objet Designer of the Year Asia 2017 / Five Asia-Pacific Rising Talents Shine in Paris

The winners of this year’s top design awards will be honored at Maison&Objet Paris come September 8-12, 2017. Among them, the coveted Designer of the Year Asia 2017 Award goes to WOHA, a Singapore-based architectural practice. The world-class trade fair for fashion lifestyles and trends also named 5 “Rising Talents” from the Asia-Pacific region.

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WOHA, Designer of the Year Asia 2017

The coveted Designer of the Year Asia 2017 honor is awarded to the Singapore-based architectural practice WOHA, founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell. The company earns critical acclaim for integrating environmental and social principles in its design projects, which include the Park-Royal on Pickering, the Oasia Hotel Downtown, and the School of the Arts in Singapore. Other outstanding projects are the Alila Villa Uluwatu Resort in Bali, Indonesia; Inter-Continental Sanya Resort in China, and the Hyde in Australia.

Park-Royal on Pickering in Singapore / Photo : Sitthisak Namkham
Park-Royal on Pickering in Singapore / Photo : Sitthisak Namkham
Park-Royal on Pickering in Singapore / Photo : Sitthisak Namkham

Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, Founders of WOHA Architects / Photo : http://www.maison-objet.com

Link : http://www.woha.net/


Rising Talents Asia-Pacific 2017

Five emerging talents from the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia will be honored at the show on September 8-12, 2017. The five winning teams share certain similarities in their principles and approaches to design, ranging from commitments to materials research to driving local craft towards mass produced pieces. The winners of this year’s Rising Talents honors are Adesign Studio (Australia), Lim+Lu (Hongk Kong), Jinggoy Buensuceso (the Philippines), Kamaro’an (Taiwan), and Atelier 2+ (Thailand). Here are the why and the how that have led to their stellar performances.

Greenway Lighting / Photo : http://adesignstudio.com.au/
Light Garden W5 / Photo : http://adesignstudio.com.au/
Photo : http://adesignstudio.com.au/
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Eon S1 Lighting / Photo : http://adesignstudio.com.au/
Alex Fitzpatrick, founder and lighting designer of ADesignStudio / Photo : http://adesignstudio.com.au/

Alex Fitzpatrick, ADesignStudio, Australia

Based in Sydney, Australia, the ADesignStudio founded by Alex Fitzpatrick is a manufacturing and consultancy practice specializing in lighting design and development. Its designs are often inspired by Australian heritage, society, the environment and experience, with a strong narrative focus on expressions in individual pieces. ADesignStudio has exhibited at international design exhibitions, featured in various local and global design media, and earned several design awards.

Link : http://adesignstudio.com.au/

Hotel Art Fair Bangkok 2017

Hotel Art Fair Bangkok 2017

30 leading galleries and artists from across Thailand and abroad have turned a Bangkok hotel into a vibrant art destination well worth a visit. The event, which is the fourth edition by Farmgroup, takes place on June 24-25 at the Volve Hotel on Sukhumvig 53, just off Thonglor BTS Station. Be there!

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Living ASEAN files this report on a glimpse into the art world. Here are 15 of the rooms that will capture your fascinated attention. Check this out.

The Barn Curated by Farmgroup

Room 202: The Barn Curated by Farmgroup

The room features a special project initiated by Farmgroup in collaboration with 11 Thai artists. Paying tribute to the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s musical talents and passion, each distinguished artist created a vinyl record jacket design based on his or her interpretation of His Majesty’s selected compositions.

 

Pomme Chan
Pomme Chan

Room 201: Pomme Chan

The room is rich in exhibits by internationally renowned artist Pomme Chan, but this time it’s not about paintings. Intriguing exhibits include ceramics, decorative objects, and carpets from Pomme Chan’s collections.

 

C.A.P Studio and Jojo Kobe
C.A.P Studio and Jojo Kobe

Room 207: The C.A.P Studio and Jojo Kobe

Here, C.A.P Studio and Jojo Kobe worked jointly to showcase outstanding works in printmaking and a variety traditional etching and wood block printing techniques ,as well as lithography and screen printing.

 

Gallery Seescape
Gallery Seescape
Gallery Seescape

Room 301: The Gallery Seescape

The exhibit features a rich combination of works by seven artists from Gallery Seescape, including Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Anon Pairot, Torlarp Larpjaroensook, Chol Janepraphaphan, Uten Mahamid, Silwataka Ramyananda, and Thepmetha Thepboonta. All of the works on show represent a new creative series.

 

Note Kritsada
Note Kritsada

Room 304: Note Kritsada

Here, artist Note Kritsada presents all of the portrait paintings he has done so far this year. They reflect issues of sexuality and conscience, as well as social networking and artistic temperaments.  

 

Bangkok Citycity Gallery
Bangkok Citycity Gallery
Bangkok Citycity Gallery

Room 307: The Bangkok Citycity Gallery

307 features interesting pieces of by three street artists in collaboration with the Bangkok Citycity Gallery. They include Alex Face, Beejoir & Lucas Price, and Tae Parvit. Their works in the realm of prints, paintings and installations are known for arousing curiosity and interest.

 

Dr.Apinan Poshyananda
Dr.Apinan Poshyananda

Room 403: Dr. Apinan Poshyananda

On display here are paintings that Dr. Apinan Poshyananda received from some famous artists. The show sets in motion the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 (BAB 2018), which is a new contemporary art festival. Dr. Apinan is the CEO and art director of the event, which will be held from November 2018 to February 2019 on various locations around the capital.

 

Serindia Gallery
Serindia Gallery

Room 404: The Serindia Gallery

The Serindia Gallery, in association with Art for Cancer, a charity project using art and creative ideas to raise funds to help underprivileged cancer patients in Thailand, is showcasing paintings and sculptures by its four female artists. The works selected for the show are much admired for their colors, patterns, and their reflections on women.

 

Atta Gallery

Room 406: The Atta Gallery, and Paw-Dee Lifestyle

The ATTA Gallery, in collaboration with Paw-Dee Lifestyle, a contemporary Thai crafts and lifestyle store, is featuring an intriguing array of works in contemporary jewelry by Japanese artists. Meanwhile, Paw-Dee Lifestyle also makes a prominent exhibition of decorative objects by Thai artists.

 

H gallery
H gallery

Room 407: The H Gallery

The H Gallery features a new series of paintings by five local and regional artists, including Soomboon Hormtientong, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Mit Jai Inn, Jakkai Siributr, and Sopheap Pich. All of the paintings on show are abstract art and being presented through oil, acrylic, and canvas printings.

 

Sirimongkol: A Spiritual Art Exhibition By Pomme Chan

Sirimongkol: A Spiritual Art Exhibition By Pomme Chan

Bid farewell to 2016 and ring in the New Year with Sirimongkol, an exhibition of works by celebrated illustrator Pomme Chan. The artist got her inspirations from the twelve signs of the Zodiac, which in the Chinese belief system are thought to have profound influences on us humans. The event is on from now until February 12, 2107 at the Jam Factory.

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The spiritual art exhibition is appropriately named “Sirimongkol,” which is Thai for good omens or positive energies believed to foretell the future. Pomme Chan’s masterpieces depict the twelve signs representing the constellations that form the imaginary belt of the heavens. To make it easy to appreciate, the exhibition comes in four parts.

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The first part consists of illustrated works on canvas depicting the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Each sign comes accompanied by floral and botanical ornaments that speak to basic character, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses of individuals.

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The second part is quite a striking collection. Using hand-drawn techniques on paper, the artist lets red and gold play a prominent role in her contemporary interpretation of the Zodiac signs. Sharp geometric shapes blends well with curves and brush strokes from Chinese calligraphy and other symbols of wealth, success, luck, and power.

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The third part is three-dimensional showcasing a futuristic spirit house. The 3D shrine is crafted of clear acrylic sheets illuminated by LED lighting, a collaborative effort between Pomme Chan and interior designer Pruitsatorn Sakulthai. Finally, the fourth part comprises illustrated works printed on 10 porcelain plates and mounted on frames to focus on the meaning of “Sirimongkol” as we know it. May 2017 bring happiness and prosperity to you all.

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Exhibition period: Now – February 12, 2017.
Location: The Jam Factory

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thejamfactorybangkok

About the artist

Pomme Chan is a Thai illustrator based in London. Her feminine style and detailed illustrated works are recognized worldwide. She has been working with various leading brands and magazines, including Marc Jacobs, Nike, Adidas, Volkswagens, and The New York Times. She is moving back in Thailand, where she has a studio of her own.

The Best of the Show / Chiang Mai Design Week 2016

The Best of the Show / Chiang Mai Design Week 2016

Ideas are all around. Designers and artists create their works from Chiang Mai heritage. The local wisdom was developed under the theme “New Originals”. Living ASEAN picks the must-see exhibitions arranged by locations for your convenience.

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Chiang Mai Tobacco Office

Along the walkway lined with graphic design exhibitions, Chiang Mai entrepreneurs open their booths to stage the shows here.

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“Tawipob,” a collection of handcrafted metal-frame windows, created by Thai artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook
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“Mohhom,” clothes dyed indigo blue the traditional way, are re-created to showcase new uses by MOHHOMM.

 

TCDC Chiang Mai

The Center of Modern Design Knowledge in Chiang Mai, organizer of this event, puts on shows of many interesting projects featuring works by local and international designers and artisans. Beautiful designs, artworks, and crafts from Japan and Indonesia are on view here.

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TRANSFER(S), a creative collaboration between Thai and French designers, features beautiful objects of handicraft made by local artisans and designed by Sam Baron, Charlotte Juillard, Nocc Studio, Thinkk Studio, and Rush PLEANSUK.
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“Desk Partition” by TRANSFER(S) / An exhibition by La Fete
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“Nanaa Mirror” by TRANSFER(S) / An exhibition by La Fete
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“The silk-wool plant collection,” an over-scale flower design, was crafted of Thai silk and Holland wool and designed by WANDSCHAPPEN in collaboration with JIM THOMPSON. / An exhibition by Here and There, Holland
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“The Big Face Box,” by Daily Portal Z, isn’t about just making a face big. It makes people around you smile and come away happy. / An exhibition by Knowledge Capital, Japan
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Wooden radio sets by Magno / Exhibits by Rumah Sanur Creative Hub, Indonesia
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Bamboo coffee set and cutlery inspired by the breakfast tableware of the Bomari village / A show rich in exhibits by Rumah Sanur Creative Hub, Indonesia
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“Maikam” is a simple crutch handcrafted of bamboo, rattan and the inner tube of an automobile tire. This physiotherapy equipment is a product of local craftsmanship in Chiang Mai.

 

Chiang Mai House of Photography

The Small Blue House behind the Lanna Folklife Museum becomes a venue for talented designers to showcase their great ideas, which art lovers shouldn’t miss.

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Art and design objects made from recycled materials by Chiang Mai designer Pichakorn Chukeaw, from Tua Pen Not
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An opportunity to explore production techniques used in making leather lifestyle products by Labrador x Fabcafe
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A unique technique of mixing clays by Inclay Studio, a local ceramic studio in Chiang Mai
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“Ta-Ton-Yon: Keep it Slow, and Grow Better,” an exhibition by Design Plant, supported by COTTO

 

Rachamankha Hotel

Elegance never fades. The best of Chiang Mai Design Week culminates in “720 New Originals,” which consist of three shows at the iconic hotel in Chiang Mai.

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“Every Woman Deserves Elegance”, an exclusive art to wear collection inspired by Princess Dara Rasamee, is made by SARRAN and supported by JIM THOMPSON.
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Turn waste silk thread into a beautiful bangle by SARRAN x JIM THOMPSON
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A bangle made using techniques in pearl inlaid furniture by SARRAN x DEESAWAT
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“Wear Our hearts,” an art to wear collection for charity by 17 guest designers
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“72 Seats,” the joy of the outdoor living co-created by SARRAN, JIM THOMPSON, and DEESAWAT

 

Thapae East

“Re-Design Anonymous Chair” features an exhibition depicting the thinking process that goes into making a traditional chair with curved wooden arms.

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Virtual diagram of the thinking process of this project
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“Ele” by Doonyapol Srichan, of Re-Design Anonymous Chair
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A design called “Same, Same” by o-d-a, of Re-Design Anonymous Chair
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“Ping” by ease studio, of Re-Design Anonymous Chair

 

Gallery Seescape, Nimmanhemin Soi 17

“Gallery Seescape” puts on an art exhibition by Anon Pairot, a Thai designer who is curious about the goings-on in our society.

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Come 2017 the exhibition “Souvenirs from Depressions” will be staged on an even bigger scale at the Art Stage in Singapore.

 

Link: www.chiangmaidesignweek.com

The Luang Prabang Film Festival 2016

The Luang Prabang Film Festival 2016

Upcoming Event! The Luang Prabang Film Festival

2-7 December 2016

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Information & Photos: http://www.lpfilmfest.org/

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For film lovers this is the festival to celebrate filmmaking, promote cultural exchange in Southeast Asia, and support a sustainable local industry and art form. The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) happens on 2-7 December 2016 in beautiful Luang Prabang, Laos’ former capital.

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The Luang Prabang Film Festival brings together the boldest storytellers and the most-talked-about films in Southeast Asia. Its curators handpick these films from ten countries, spotlighting them each year in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

LPFF is a charitable cultural organization committed to the celebration of Southeast Asian films and to the growth and support of local and regional film industries and filmmakers.

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The city’s inspiring environment, rich in culture, provides an ideal backdrop for artists and industry professionals to share their experiences and showcase their talents. It is a festival for the adventurous, and is quickly becoming known as one of the most exotic and exciting locations on the international film festival circuit.

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Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors

Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors

How do we view ourselves and the world? This is the question and the core of Singapore Biennale 2016. Through views of 63 selected artists from Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia, Singapore Biennale 2016 invites everyone to discover intertwining worlds like you have never seen before.

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Throughout the period of four months (October 27, 2016 – February 26, 2017), talks, workshops and exhibition are being held at museums and art galleries across Singapore. Following are some of the highlighted works you wouldn’t want to miss.

 

Fantasy map reflects a fraction from Indonesia history. – Treasure Islands by Made Wianda (Indonesia)
Fantasy map reflects a fraction from Indonesia history. – Treasure Islands by Made Wianda (Indonesia)

 

Fantasy, imagination and history cross path in many exhibitions. Made Wianta, an Indonesian artist looks back to the colonial chapter in Indonesia history with buffalo leather maps. The orange-gold color of buffalo leather and glistening mirrors and nails depict abundant Indonesia’s spices and nutmegs during the colonial era.

Inscription of the Island by Lim Soo Ngee (Singapore)
Inscription of the Island by Lim Soo Ngee (Singapore)

 

Lim Soo Ngee creates a Singapore mythical story beyond the history. According to his imaginary myth, a gigantic left hand sculpture once belonged to a statue, which was guiding the way to a ship of civilization. The statue collapsed. Since then, the left hand has been turning into a sundial for Singaporean people.

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Kra-Tua Taeng Seua by Sakarin Krue-On (Thailand)
Kra-Tua Taeng Seua by Sakarin Krue-On (Thailand)

 

Another mythical-themed work is by a Thai artist. Moved by “Kra-Tua Taeng Seua,” Southern Thailand folklore about a tiger hunt, which was once popular but currently could barely survive in a contemporary world, Sakarin Krue-On produced a live performance, a silent film and behind-the-scene documentary.

 

 

 

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These eyes are both beautiful and haunting. – Karagatan by Gregory Halili (The Philippines)
These eyes are both beautiful and haunting. – Karagatan by Gregory Halili (The Philippines)

 

Karagatan (The Breadth of Oceans) is more of a realistic piece. The artwork will look right back at you while you are observing. Eyes of coastal villagers in the Philippines are carved and painted on mother of pearl shells to show their connections to the sea and to pay homage to those whose lives and fates are tied to the ocean.

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The larger-than-life piece of art uses incense sticks to represent different human beings. – Growing by Hemali Bhuta (India)
The larger-than-life piece of art uses incense sticks to represent different human beings. – Growing by Hemali Bhuta (India)

 

Big ideas are also at play here. One example is Hemela Bhuta’s work. From India, Bhuta’s Growing is a large hanging installation piece made mainly from incense sticks of different fragrance. Each stick represents a human being. Each one is different, yet we are facing birth, growth and death just the same. It also reflects the idea of human species as a small part of Nature.

Drop by for a visit at Singapore Biennale 2016, and you will certainly witness novel and thoughtful points of view and maybe develop one of your own.

 

“Enter the Parallel World” by H.H. Lim (Malaysia) comprises two recordings of his performance -- one of his 30-minute-long body balance on a basketball, and the other of his countless failures that led to the success.
“Enter the Parallel World” by H.H. Lim (Malaysia) comprises two recordings of his performance — one of his 30-minute-long body balance on a basketball, and the other of his countless failures that led to the success.

 

One’s reflection is distorted and changeable in this ever-flowing framed petroleum painting. – Good Boy, Bad Boy by Chou Shih Hsiung (Taiwan)
One’s reflection is distorted and changeable in this ever-flowing framed petroleum painting. – Good Boy, Bad Boy by Chou Shih Hsiung (Taiwan)

 

The arrival of the Japanese army in Java is shown through the projection of two images on a fabric screen. – Dollah Jawa by Faizal Hamdan (Brunei)
The arrival of the Japanese army in Java is shown through the projection of two images on a fabric screen. – Dollah Jawa by Faizal Hamdan (Brunei)

 

A night sky in Singapore is precisely recreated in this detailed artwork. – Dust by Ni Youyu (China)
A night sky in Singapore is precisely recreated in this detailed artwork. – Dust by Ni Youyu (China)

 

This spectacular light and sound installation work draws the relationship between humans and the sea. – Endless Hours at Sea by Martha Athienza (The Philippines)
This spectacular light and sound installation work draws the relationship between humans and the sea. – Endless Hours at Sea by Martha Athienza (The Philippines)

 

The idea of heaven and earth blends with the concept of the Armageddon. The artist translates traditional Thai beliefs into modern mural-like works. – Aftermath by Pannaphan Yodmanee (Thailand)
The idea of heaven and earth blends with the concept of the Armageddon. The artist translates traditional Thai beliefs into modern mural-like works. – Aftermath by Pannaphan Yodmanee (Thailand)
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