Jade has been cherished over many centuries. There is something about it to hold dear. The green ornamental stone is considered a lucky charm by the Chinese people. It symbolizes purity, kindness and virtue of moral good.
A part of people’s lives from time immemorial, jade has evolved into an artistic tradition. In China it has a specific connection with folk medicine and long-established cultural expressions.
Aficionados of jade shouldn’t miss a handicraft exhibition that’s taking place now at Siam Paragon. The focal point of the show is a beautifully handcrafted jade mat made of about 27,000 green stone beads. The exhibition known as “Design Nation” is happening until November 17.
The jade mat on display is designed by Panitsara Hongthanadecho and made by a team of highly skilled craftswomen from Myawaddi, Myanmar. The green stone is believed to have the power of giving delight and arousing admiration. It’s in demand for its spiritual and healing properties relating to traditional Chinese art and culture.
The 67-year-old designer is a Thai of Chinese descent, who grows sentimentally attached to everything jade. It’s easy to perceive the meaning of the green stone when she included a jade mat similar to the one on display among funeral objects for her mother recently.
She said that the green ornamental stone was believed to have positive energy. In ancient times, emperors and members of the Chinese nobility aspired to sleep in a bed filled with green stone beads threaded together to perfectly fit the bedstead, on which the mattress was placed.
Panitsara could still recall promising her Mom a jade beads mat ten years back. She searched and found a big block of jade, bought it in an auction, and had it cut to size. She received about 27,000 stone cubes, each measuring 10 millimeters.
She had them machined continuously for two days to achieve perfectly polished round stone beads. After that, they were threaded together. And the final outcome is beautiful beyond words, thanks to a team of highly skilled craftswomen she hired from Myawaddi, Myanmar, which is located across the river from Mae Sod District in Tak. As promised, she included the jade mat among other funeral objects for her Mom after she passed.
That’s just one of many interesting items on show now at Design Nation, on the second floor of Siam Paragon. The event is rich in exhibits from several countries including the Philippines, Italy, and those created right here in Thailand.
Whilst there, drop by the design market and attend workshops and seminars hosted by the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Lido Connect, Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center, and Siam Paragon.
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).
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.
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.
“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.
This garden of more than 15 acres bustles with fascinating activities under the brilliantly glowing light of more than a million bulbs. Here you’ll find a tunnel of many colors, a Christmas tree festooned with lights, models of the 12 constellations of the zodiac, and an indoor sound and light show featuring songs composed by H.M. Rama 9. Open to visitors free of charge Monday – Thursday from 6 to 10 PM, and Friday – Sunday 6 to 11 PM until January 6, 2018: Ratchadapisek Road Soi 8, opposite the Esplanade shopping center.
Here a “3-D projection mapping” light show by the artist group “Limelight” paints a 60-story building with images depicting Bangkok ways of life, culture, and history. Shows from Dec. 14 – 31 2017 five times daily, at 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, and 8PM. On New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) there’s a special additional show for the 2018 countdown at 11:55 PM.
LIGHT UP CHRISTMAS TREE CELEBRATION – Central World
CentralWorld Shopping Plaza has set up an amphitheater in front for a wondrously decorated “land of music” featuring world-famous Argentinian artist Javier Gonzales Burgos. The huge Christmas tree surrounded by statues including Santa, polar bears, and reindeer is a visual highlight.
Harry Potter: Christmas in the Wizarding World – Siam Paragon
The space fronting on Siam Paragon has become a magical country, giving muggles a not-to- be-missed photographic opportunity under the theme “Christmas in The Wizarding World,” put on by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and GES,
organizers of the international show “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” on its first visit to Thailand.
Let’s Celebrate 2018: The Holidays Bring Me Here – Central Embassy
A ten-meter Santa Claus, largest in Southeast Asia, rises majestically above Central Embassy shopping plaza, this year brilliant with more than a million Christmas lights. Here also is “Santa Playland,” designed to take everyone back to a fun-filled childhood atmosphere.
Winter Wonderland the Grand Celebration – The Emquartier – EMPORIUM
The Emquartier – EMPORIUM has transformed the trade center to be a miraculous land of winter under the theme “Winter Wonderland: the Grand Celebration,” with a 12-meter white bear and an army of small white bears beaming smiles at all
passersby. There is also a light show with content changing each week.
Every year the Thailand International Furniture Fair (TIFF) continues to attract wider audiences from across the country. The landmark event has become a Mecca for designers, craftspeople, and the industries to present the latest in designs and innovative ideas to public views. Here are some of the trend-setting shows from 8-12 March 2017.
– Podium –
Podium’s 2017 collection features beautiful pieces of cane furniture made using the latest in cane weaving techniques. Also known as rattan, or wicker among Americans and Scandinavians, cane furniture is sought after by aficionados of the minimalist and Tropical decorating style.
– Yothaka –
An exciting collection by Yathaka is known as “Yothaka X Galvanii.” It’s the product of collaboration between the master craftsman and the galvanized steel furniture specialist. The Yothaka collection offers a series of metal panels with complementing weaving crafts that blend well with galvanized steel sofa sets by Galvanii.
– Galvanii –
Durable galvanized steel is an ideal material for outdoor furniture. Galvanii has the design and cutting-edge technology capable of doing exactly that.
– Hat –
Hat is a group of award-winning designers. The cohort of creative thinkers is widely known for impressive designs of great originality.
– Kenkoon –
Highlights of the Kenkoon booth include an enormous coffee table designed for the outdoors. The table comes wrapped in materials designed to emulate beautiful sedimentary rock formations.
– BaanchaaN –
A forest of elegant chandeliers and hanging lamp ideas by BaanchaaN is inspired by the beauty of weaving crafts.
– Masaya –
This up and coming brand is making great progress and likely to become even more successful in brass furniture design. Masaya just won a DEmark Award last year.
– Ease –
Ease, an embroidery design studio, has come up with the aptly named, “Silence Collection” for 2017. Its embroidery design acoustic board is the product of collaboration between Ease and Feltech.
– Plural Designs –
Plural Designs rose to fame with its ingenious modern design. Now the designer has made the brand even more attractive by adding a touch of craftwork to the design.
– Dots Object –
The wooden fixed-gear bicycles on display bespeak the designer’s passion for bicycle riding.
– Deesawat –
Deesawat, one of Thailand’s big names in furniture making, reveals a new lounger with brilliant design. Made for space saving and mobility, the comfortable lounger can fold vertically, pack, and store neatly when not needed.
– Corner 43 –
Making heads turn at TIFF 2017 are a set of woven chairs by “Salt and Pepper Design Studio X Corner 43.” The eye-catching chairs are made using special weaving techniques. The group also has on display plenty of beautiful pieces inspired by weaving crafts.
– Bambunique –
Bambunique takes the charm of bamboo into the world of contemporary design. It features new collections including beautifully handcrafted cosmos tables and Tether chairs in pleasing shades that restore glory to bamboo design.
– Studio 248 –
This young and synergized group has never run short of great ideas. Its showcase this year includes an expandable pendant lamp shade for indoor use, and a wooden folding chair.
– Ayodhaya –
Ayodhaya’s signature is about using natural materials for their ability to bring out a touch of the Orient. Its products should go well with eco-chic decor.
– Plato –
If you are a big fan of teak wood furniture, the Plato booth is a must-visit.
– Mobella –
Mobella creatively adds a traditional Thai-style ambience to the living room with a comfy modern sofa set. The company also introduces “Mobella Home,” a sister brand, at this year’s show.
– Eqologist –
Uniquely designed indoor pendants by Eqologist are made of eco-friendly cassava particles with a bamboo base.
– ROOM Lab –
ROOM Lab is a group of fun and creative designers. These wall clock designs crafted of wood highlight the brand’s charm and personality.
– Patapian –
Patapian presents fine woodcraft products paired with unique weaving designs. This year the designers introduce two new items — an adjustable wood tray, and a handheld mirror inspired by a snail in motion.
Street art has achieved recognition on the Thai art scene over the past decade. The leading artist in this genre is Patcharapol Tangruen, also known as Alex Face. He created the three-eyed baby in fluffy bunny outfit character that appeared on the walls across Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin.
While he was an art student, his friends and professors didn’t understand why he kept spraying in public space, and thought it was ridiculous. But Alex Face disagreed. “Street painting is a kind of expression and could draw many audiences,” he said. “If it’s hard for people to engage with art, we should take it to engage with people instead.”
With that idea in mind, Alex Face hit the street with his colorful graffiti and the signature character that was inspired by his daughter. He also met fellow street artists from around the world, got the invitations to work abroad, and became an internationally-renowned street artist.
“I studied art, so I’m interested in all kinds of art,” Alex Face answered when asked about his style of work. “Not only did I graffiti, I’ve also painted, printed and sculpted. I like it all. It depends on which techniques could be compatible with my concepts.” He also said that he set up “ALIVE”, his most recent event, to show his art experience from childhood till now.
“You will see what skills I had practiced, and encounter different kinds of works of art that you’ve never seen before,” he assured.
Alex Face’s ALIVE is taking place at Bangkok CityCity Gallery until February 19, 2017. For more information please visit www. bangkokcitycity.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 play: space drawing By Paramodel /// A Site-Specific Exhibition /// Thong Lor Art Space
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/// Photos:Paramodel, Nattapoom Pongyen
An art exhibition of a unique kind is going on right now from November 26 to December 25 at the Thong Lor Art Space (open everyday from 2pm.-9pm. except Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Organized by The Japan Foundation, Bangkok and Thong Lor Art Space. the site-specific art show will set your imagination on fire.
On view are bewitchingly beautiful works of art by a duo of Japanese artists, known as Paramodel. Showing a slice of their imaginative paradise, the pair plays with their artistic media in a way so fascinating that it is a class of its own. Based on a site-specific concept, the exhibition is so rare it seems paradoxical in the eye of the world.
Paramodel has won critical acclaim regionally and internationally. The duo is putting their works of art on display for the first time in Thailand this year. Their works encompass a variety of genres, from photography to sculptures to paintings to videos, most of which involve large-scale installations and unique space utilizations, hence the term site-specific. The duo’s artistic works are known for depicting scenes and various polarities that exist in everyday life. Their signature lies in using familiar media, which they call “toys,” to communicate ideas through artistic compositions. The materials include blue plastic pipes, miniature vehicles, plastic models, and motifs. With these objects and decorative hacks, they create blueprints of paradise whilst underscoring life’s paradoxes. Some of their creations come in three-dimensional graffiti, diorama, drawing, mural, and landscape.
One of the Paramodel duo, Yasuhiko Hayashi will stay in Bangkok for a month, during which he will demonstrate the three-dimensional space concept at the Thonglor Art Space using ordinary media, such as industrial pipes and “Plarails” or pieces of plastic railing.
Their signature materials; namely, pipes and plarails, are intended to create visual impacts, the first thing we look toward in any kind of artistic compositions. For some, Paramodel’s work may look like a construction site. For others, it may symbolize scenes of a paradoxical paradise, or visualizations of our complex social behaviors and relationships with one another. Some may find it interesting in the lead-up to for the Holiday Season. In the shortest word possible, it’s time you set your imagination free. Mark your calendar!
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Landry Dunand is a French photographer, who has come to call Thailand home. Having traveled extensively, from France to Afghanistan to Thailand, he captured moments of people’s lives and local cultures through his film cameras. Dunand will be sharing his years of experience in two concurrent art exhibitions, which art lovers shouldn’t miss.
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The dual art exhibitions, “Silver Fermentation” and “Glided Blue,” will be held at the Neilson Hays library throughout this December. Interestingly, both of them are in monochromic tones.
“Glided Blue” is a collection of cyanotypes. The cyan blue photos are produced by placing a negative or an object directly on a coated paper, and let the sunlight through. The traditional photographic process can be dated back to the 18th century.
“Silver Fermentation” is a series of silver gelatin prints. Dunand developed all the photos himself in his home darkroom.
For Dunand, his main inspirations are people, the nature and its constant changing conditions. His photos are mostly of people in Thai local villages and their natural surroundings. “All of the works presented here are heavily influenced by my environment. I live in a village, where nature is extremely present. I can feel and see nature growing and dying around me. The weather and time makes it constantly evolve. So I get a lot of inspirations from nature and local life.”
“People are still living in nature here. Most of the aunties around me are cultivating their yards for daily needs. Every morning you can see people picking up Dok Anchan (butterfly peas), collecting coconut for the milk and meat, fishing for dinner, and growing various vegetables. I like the self-sustaining life, where what is around is enough to live. People can live much simpler, more peaceful life when they are not distracted by consumerist environments.”
The outcomes of interesting topics and unusual techniques culminated in these wonderful monochromic photos, which art lovers shouldn’t miss.
The In-Between Arts Festival 2016 is being held at the Hin Bus Depot Art Center, A heritage building in Penang from November 26 to 30, 2016
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Information : http://www.hinbusdepot.com
What we eat tells a story not just about us as individuals, but also about the histories that make up our wider culture. Food is thus intimately linked to the arts. The IbAF works in partnership with other organizations in Penang to foster collaborations between artists and food professionals. By approaching food through art, and by highlighting the artistry of food, the IbAF frames itself as stimulating and inspiring: a positive approach that gets people thinking about the role of food in our society and leads to innovative ideas about people’s everyday lifestyle choices.
The festival’s location in Penang allows us to take advantage of the island’s resources as a centre of artistic creation as well as its global reputation as a magnet for high-quality food. At its core, this year’s IbAF creates a platform to demonstrate the uniqueness of local food and art through the notion of sustainability. Following the food chain from farm to fork, we address the production, distribution, preparation and consumption of food. In doing so, festival goers come together to support locally harvested food products and culinary traditions, and raise awareness of living healthier lifestyles.
The IbAF 2016 organizes an enticing program of events, including mouth-watering food presentations, a variety of food and art workshops, a food zine exhibition, a bookstall and more. At the same time, it offers an opportunity to showcase small businesses and artists to help them flourish and reach a wider clientele. The sheer variety of exciting activities will also further enhance the attractiveness of Penang’s food and art culture in the long run.