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Furniture Ideas for Spa and Health Resorts

Furniture Ideas for Spa and Health Resorts

Inspiring design creates meaningful first impressions. It adds value to a brand, and make the product and service memorable. That’s reason enough for a team of Thai designers and business owners to put their heads together and create furniture that gives a further boost to the spa, wellness, and health resort industry.



The team also get the help they need from the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ISMED), a division of the Ministry of Industry; and the Creative Economy Agency (CEA), a public organization.

To introduce new design into their business, they work jointly with a select team of craftsmen from the Handicraft Retailers Group of Baan Tawai in Chiang Mai, the Furniture Carpenters Group of Sukhothai, and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP).

Good design matters to the spa and health resort industry. This “Crafted Journey” furniture set is a product of collaboration with the Handicraft Retailers Group of Baan Tawai in Chiang Mai and the Furniture Carpenters Group of Sukhothai.
Beautifully crafted of rain-tree wood, these duo planters are inspired by flower garland pendants. – From Rungnirand. Designed by Sarisa Viraporn.
“Dwelling of Satisfaction”, a lighted curio cabinet set with antique finish and handy hints about the Thai way. — From Nantiya Décor. Designed by Rush Pleansuk.

The collaborative project aptly named “Crafted Journey” has Siriwan Tempati as team leader. Distinguished members include Rush Pleansuk of the design studio “Sumphat Gallery”, Sarinya Limthongtip of the “Srinlim” brand, and Sarisa Viraporn of the furniture store “Brezza Dee”.

The project debuted its products recently during the “Style Bangkok” event, and will go on show at the Chiang Mai Design Week 2019, which will take place on 7-15 December. Plenty of inspiring designs. See for yourself if you are in town during this time.

Designed to blend in with a round lounge chair, this rope weave partition can be set up vertically or horizontally. — From Chakriya. Designed by Rush Pleansuk.
A two-piece celadon tea set portraying mountain scenery and geometric shape art. — From Chiang Mai Celadon. Designed by Sarinya Limthongtip.
A handcrafted mirror frame inspired by lotuses in full bloom. Lotuses are symbols of purity. — From Bamboosay Craft. Designed by Sarisa Viraporn.
A set of table and curio cabinet gets its inspiration from stupas and other Buddhist shrines around the ancient capital Sukhothai. – From the Wood Handicrafts Cooperative of Baan Ram Yai. Designed by Sarisa Viraporn.
“Pigoon Sri”, antique inspired lanterns with a bullet-wood floral pattern on stained glass casing — From Mai Goft. Designed by Sarisa Viraporn.
“Chabaprai”, a set of stackable accessory containers handcrafted the old-fashioned way, available in both wood stain and color paint. – From Chabaprai. Designed by Sarinya Limthongtip.
“Trayble” is a set of table and tray crafted of teak. The wood tray can detach from the tabletop when needed. — From Baurieo. Designed by Sarisa Viraporn.
Round tables with complementing lounge chair and antique armoire present a relaxing provincial ensemble in the parlor designed for receiving guests.
DEmark Award 2018 / Design Excellence Award

DEmark Award 2018 / Design Excellence Award

We have the results of this year’s official accolade of design excellence. Eight pieces of furniture have won the coveted DEmark Award for outstanding design for 2018. Among the winners: a water hyacinth chair beautifully crafted on a metal frame, a neatly packed kitchen cabinet, a chair inspired by tea tree topiaries, and a set of chairs that come together as table legs.

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Furniture category: “Khing,” a set of stool and table inspired by research on tea tree topiaries, a craft skill that’s slowly disappearing – by the Sumphat Gallery

Every year, the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) gives out the Design Excellence Award, DEmark Award for short, as an acknowledgement of outstanding merit by Thai designers from across the country.

The ultimate official accolade seeks to increase direct presence of Thailand’s creative products in the world marketplace. Successful candidates will participate in international trade events, such as the Gmark Award competition in Japan, as well as DITP’s exhibition tours throughout Europe and Asia.

This year’s DEmark Awards were given to eight pieces of furniture for impressive achievements in  blending craft skills with modern manufacturing techniques.

Furniture category: A neatly packed kitchen cabinet called “Q-Mini Compact” – by Qrua
Furniture category: “Jaak Coffee Table,” an elaborate design that gets its inspiration from the bird cage common in southern Thailand — by Tima
Furniture category: “Sim Steel Bar Stool,” impressive knock-down furniture ideas — by Take Home Design
Furniture category: The so-called (W)hole Chair, featuring stow-away furniture ideas — by Everyday Studio
Furniture category: “Water Weed Chair,” a product of collaboration between a community skilled in the art of basketry and a modern furniture designer — by the Sumphat Gallery
Furniture category: “Krachap,” a hanging lounge chair featuring bamboo housing crafted on a steel frame — by Performax and “Kodax,” a lounge chair capable of moving in a circle around an axis — by Kenkoon


Every year, the DEmark Awards are given out in six categories — Furniture, Lifestyles, Fashion, Industry, Packaging and Graphic Design – as an acknowledgement of outstanding achievements by Thai designers and manufacturers. Not all of the winners are listed in this report.

Lifestyles category: “TARN Collection,” a mortar and pestle set — by Stew
Lifestyles category: “Year Ring Collection,” an accessory container made of wood — by Deesawat
Lifestyles category: “Hill Pot,” a collection of houseplant containers — by Qualy
Lifestyles category: “Chong Mana,” a collection of scented candles featuring the motto “work hard and you shall succeed” — by Dib Dee and “Wit Tray,” a food tray featuring bamboo crafted on a steel frame — by Yothaka
Lifestyles category: “Husk Object,” a set of tray, coasters, and flower pots made of neatly compacted rice husks — by Sonite
Industry category: “Vento Brick,” a perforate wall designed to enhance natural air circulation — by Kenzai
Fashion category: “Natural Blue Honor Sport Jacket,” an apparel collection made of indigo-dyed fabric – by Blue Nails
Graphic Design category: “Thunder Bird Hostel” — by Shake and Bake Studio
Graphic Design category: “Chiangmai Design Week 2018” — by Octopus Grafik Studio


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Hla Day: From Artisan Community to Craft Shop in Myanmar

Hla Day: From Artisan Community to Craft Shop in Myanmar

The Hla Day Shop in Yangon is no ordinary crafts store. It sells works of skilled and authentic craftsmanship produced and marketed by a community of over 400 people working in an integrated, sustainable way with a product development team.


Story: Samutcha Viraporn

At the beginning of July Hla Day celebrated its first anniversary at the Pansodan Street location in Yangon; but in fact this group has been working since 2012 to support small community businesses in Myanmar in developing local products and bringing them to the international market, with an emphasis on quality and social sustainability. Hla Day was successful almost from the very start, its goods so well received that it was able to expand. With Ulla Kroeber as its leader, the team now works with communities in Yangon and many rural areas, giving recommendations to craftsmen on product types, materials, and production processes. Among other benefits, these efforts provide work and income for women who have contracted HIV.

The Hla Day Shop, on the upper floor of building no. 8, Pansodan Street
Ula Kroeber, Hla Day Team Leader (right)

          Products include pillow covers, scarves, ornaments, cards, and dolls, and usable items from recycled materials. Besides being finely crafted work, a core goal is that products be contemporary and useful, and success in all this has resulted in project support from the AirAsia Foundation. “Hla day” in Burmese translates as “beautiful,” and the beauty here runs deep in the creation of true utility and value for crafts communities, buyers, and society as a whole while never forgetting to help the people at the back of the line.



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Social Craft Network

Social Craft Network

The “SACICT Craft Trend 2018” display centered on the idea of a “Social CRAFT Network” enabling escape from the confusion of the social world to focus on design work that would produce intriguing and impressive art.

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“SACICT Craft Trend 2018” gave a view into the future of contemporary crafts for entrepreneurs, manufacturers, designers, and those who find enchantment not only in elegance handicrafts, but also in the unique imperfections of handcrafted items, and who want to not only learn more, but expand the circle of arts and crafts lovers.

The Social Craft Network is trending widely this year, using technology already in people’s lives to create a virtual society where needed information is right at their fingertips. These days, though, there is so much information at hand so quickly and easily that it’s bewildering, and we often just want to shut our eyes and rest. Design work itself provides a path allowing escape into more peaceful places in the mind.

Innovative hand-made ceramics resulting from experimentation and techniques of master craftsmen, developed into new forms and color combinations by Puri.

“Digital detoxing” is a good way to limit present-day escapism, and results in design trends based on actual usage of items by the consumer in daily life: walking, sitting, sleeping, for example. When people need rest, the designer’s solution is to meditate on what is most easily understood, not complex, seeking simple solutions that will improve daily life.

“Mass exclusivity” refers to extended development of handicrafts into industrial production, where concepts of craftsmanship are coordinated with industrial systems to mass-produce handicrafts without losing their unique character while at the same time reducing production costs.

Natural stone designed in novel forms for various uses, for example “TUB,” usable as either paperweight or door stopper, and “PLIG” multipurpose containers, designed by THINKK STUDIO, from SACICT

ASEAN Designers / Modern Craft Movement

ASEAN Designers / Modern Craft Movement

World design is increasingly trending toward handicrafts and elegant craftsmanship, things practically written into the DNA of Southeast Asian designers. Here we give you 20 contemporary regional leaders who are reinforcing this wave, bringing traditional design into mainstream design.

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– Alvin Tjitrowirjo / Indonesia –

The dynamic Indonesian designer known as Alvin worked with prominent Dutch designer Marcel Wanders before setting up his own product design and interior decoration studio,collaborating with domestic producers of furniture and “alvin-T” decorative items that take a Western approach to Oriental craftsmanship.


– Thinkk Studio / Thailand –

The couple Decha Archjananan and Ployphan Theerachai’s Thinkk Studio is one of the most interesting sources of contemporary design. Their production processes unravel the secrets of traditional crafts, bringing them to utility in modern formats that always bear the marks of artistry and innovation.

– Korakot Aromdee / Thailand –

Korakot became well-known through his developing the local art of bamboo work, adapting techniques such as net sewing of Phetchaburi fishermen and ancient Chinese kite construction to produce inventive handicrafts under his own name. “Korakot” products are on display in residences and hotels all over the world, showing off endless variations of their characteristic elegance.

– Abie Abdillah / Indonesia –

Keep an eye on this designer, for sure! He specializes in rattan work, taking advantage of the worldwide importance of this material for Indonesia. The “Lukis” armchair is part of the 2016 collection for the famous Cappellini brand. Designer scout Giulio Cappellini previously has helped Tom Dixon and many other well-known designers debut on the world stage.


– Ito Kish / The Philippines –

“Gregoria Lounge”brought Filipino design work onto the world stage and gave world recognition to Ito Kish. As a child, Ito was fascinated by designs on the gift wrapping paper he used to repair family house walls in their tiny village outside of Manila. His business in decorative items has now morphed into a leading furniture store – with products bearing his name – which provides interior decorating services for his fans.


– Apiwat Chitapanya / Thailand –

A beauty of light and shadow born of intricate welded lines stands out in both structure and detail as an impressive representation from this modern craftsman and expert metal worker.


– Jitrin Jintaprecha / Thailand –

Jitrin’s works are continually in demand, most notably from his own rattan furniture brand “Corner 43,” whose trademark gentle curves are naturally suited to contemporary forms and which has evolved steadily over the fourteen years of its existence.

– Lim Masulin / Indonesia –

From his infatuation with the weaving work produced by Indonesian artists, highly valued in the West, Lim Masulin and his BYO Living Company collaborated with famous domestic architects to scale up the concept to an architectural level and produce fascinating “woven” coverings for buildings.


– Rush Pleansuk / Thailand –

This former designer for the teak wood furniture brand “Plato” became ever more interested in handicrafts, especially traditional Thai techniques of lacquer-coating and setting gold inlay on lacquer ware. He now has his own design studio under the name “Sumphat Gallery.”


– Hans Tan / Singapore –

In the colorful piece entitled “Spotted Nyonya,”Hans Tan presents a uniquely Singapore narrative. “Nyonya” refers to the Singapore heritage mixture off oreign and Malay Peninsula cultures, evident here in a contemporary design context.


– Budiman Ong / Indonesia –

“Ong Cen Kuang” is a brand of lamps from Bali founded by Budiman Ong, whose stellar career was founded on sewn forms of cloth and origami-style folded paper fashioned into contemporary articles that display warmth, gentility, and a delicate openness.

Thailand BIG+BIH 2016 / Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware

Thailand BIG+BIH 2016 / Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware

 Thailand BIG+BIH 2016 / Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware

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Story: Bundaree Deewong /// Photo: Bundaree Deewong, Sungwan Phratem

ASEAN’s International trade fair for trendy gift and lifestyle products took place from April 19th to 23rd, 2016 (trade Days the 19th to 21st, public days the 22nd and 23rd) at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand.

This was the 41st edition of BIG+BIH, and it was organized under the concept “ASEAN Life+Style.” In the attractive “Fresh Taiwan,” “design lifestyle” products from Taiwanese designers were shown; “DEmark Award showcase” put on display well-designed Thai products now on the international market that had won Design Excellence prizes, and “SACICT Art & Craft” exhibited Thai folk arts and crafts products representing “Thainess” from local design traditions. The fair also featured product exhibits that provided an excellent platform for Thai designers and new entrepreneurs to show their latest collections.

Dhanabadee, the famous ceramic shop from Lampang, Thailand
Fresh Taiwan exhibition : design lifestyle products from Taiwanese designers
Isan Collection : the project of the northeast design in Thailand
Oggi, wooden furniture brand in Scandinavian accent


Showcases at the fair were set out in 3 zones: BIG, BIG Design, and BIH. The most popular products of the fair were gifts and handicraft decorative items, household products, pet products and services.

About home, modern wooden furniture and lamp in sophisticated style
Unique design lamp made of veneer wood
Hari Ora, wooden furniture shop
Qualy, plastic objects in design
Idealize shop, furniture that made of natural materials such as scrap wood and old tree stumps.
Tin Home Toy, lifestyle products which made of galvanize sheets
L-Living, decoration items for holiday homes


Joar, unique stone lamps
Baanchaan, Asian style hanging lamp
C-Ssence, Bananamache product
Klaps Design, modern furniture brand





















Cultural Blends – SACICT Craft Trend Book 2017

Cultural Blends – SACICT Craft Trend Book 2017

Crafts are not objects from the past anymore. Designers and users in the modern world realize that the story behind products are worthy not only for money but for sentimental value also.


The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) published SACICT Craft Trend 2017 to represents a confluence of new ideas in innovative crafts. It is the embodiment of interesting collections, research, and a fresh look at what have been trending in the world of arts and crafts. The project began in 2014 with the introduction of original SACICT products made by combining traditional wisdom and craftsmanship with today’s contemporary design. The effort was aimed at identifying the design and creating the kind of products that would best meet world market trends.

This year, Craft trends were presented in 4 categories and storytelling is the highlight of the showcase.


Cultural Blends

In today’s world where many cultures blend together as one, people are interacting and talking an interest in objects of handicraft. They become more curious about the origin, the craftsmanship and the techniques used in manufacturing those beautiful crafts.

The Gregoria Chair by Ito Kish, Philippines.
Performing Folded Bamboo Container with Vietnamese shape, use Burmese scraping techniques on pattern work. From Cross Cultural Crafts by SACICT.
The Benjarong jar assembled from many tiny ceramic pieces by SACICT.
Zigzag Table Runner, rope and leather weaving techniques since ancient Egyptian era for the decorating sheet. From Thai Navatasilp by SACICT.


Community-Inspired Crafts

The community provides plenty of inspirations for craft market. For many localities, craft making is not just a livelihood. It is also the heart and soul of life that makes the community strong and self-reliant.

New pattern of Kaomah from Thai Navatasilp by SACICT.
Arita town in Saga, Japan. The birthplace of Japanese ceramics.
The Lattice Collection designed by The Bouroullac brothers for Nanimarquina, hand made in Pakistan.
Bark Design Vase, pottery vase from Baan Chiang, Udon Thani, Thailand. From Sustainable Crafts by SACICT.
Natural stone with local feelings by Alvin T, Indonesia.


Hand to Hand

Artisanal skills get passed down from generation to generation. This long-standing tradition is told through the objects of handicraft that master artisans make. Today many craftsmen continue to make their goods the old-fashioned way, providing an impetus for new generations of designers to emulate.

Zumitz screen by Aki.
Julia Chair, inspired by grandma’s bamboo chair made of rattan, PE and wood. Designed by Ito Kish, Philippines.


Avalon, the mat combining modern appearance with familiar weaving techniques by PDM Brand.


Story of the Forest

Some beautiful works of art are inspired by nature. This part of the SACICT craft trend 2017 deals with how natural elements are incorporated in the making of contemporary style handicrafts.

Charcoal vase from Innovative Craft Award 2016 by SACICT.
Nano Bio Ravana, the art piece combining the handicraft from pure cellolose fiber, Acetobacter Xylinum by using the broken-milled rice. From Innovative Craft Award 2016 by SACICT.
Bio-Vide, table top made of the fallen leaves and resin through hot-press. Designed by Takuma Yamazaki.
Home accessories inspired by the chicken cage in traditional Thai style. From Thai Navatasilp by SACICT.

Photo credit : SACICT Craft Trend Book 2017