Fair report: Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2014

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DESIGN BUZZ W-NOTCH BY CAST Cast was formed less than a year ago by Napawan Tuangkitkun and two partners, and it aims to shed some light on discarded materials. “The wood from the W-Notch garden stool is from old railway tracks,” says Napawan of the minimalist industrial-style seat. To better appreciate the naturally aged reclaimed wood, the designers decided to use a simple metal stand to display it like a piece of art. www.fb.com/castbkk BAMBOO MOSAIC VASES BY BAMBUNIQUE Specialising in resort- style furniture and accessories made with Thailand-grown Phai Tong bamboo, Bambunique’s designs are sustainable and long- lasting, thanks to a treatment process that protects it from termites. We love how different shades of bamboo create the mosaic surfaces, giving an edgy twist to the natural material. www.bambunique.com LIKAY BY SRIN LIM Named after a form of traditional Thai folk theatre known for its colourful and dazzling costumes, Likay is graphic and textile designer Sarinya Limthongtip’s tribute to the classic art form. With this invigorating textile pattern, Sarinya hopes to demonstrate how Thais can still embrace their culture within contemporary settings. www.srinlim.com PART THAI, PART GLOBAL While still firmly rooted in local materials, techniques and culture, Thai design is now savvier than ever. As seen at the Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2014, Thai designers are now creating refined interpretations of universal trends, with many pieces featuring a brand of humour that’s synonymous with their heritage. We bring you the best of what caught our eye at the fair, including brands and designers to keep on your radar. DIRECT FROM BANGKOK 101 100

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While still firmly rooted in local materials, techniques and culture, Thai design is now savvier than ever. As seen at the Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2014, Thai designers are now creating refined interpretations of universal trends, with many pieces featuring a brand of humour that’s synonymous with their heritage. We bring you the best of what caught our eye at the fair, including brands and designers to keep on your radar.

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    W - N o t c h b y c a s t cast was formed less than a year ago by Napawan tuangkitkun and two partners, and it aims to shed some light on discarded materials. the wood from the W-Notch garden stool is from old railway tracks, says Napawan of the minimalist industrial-style seat. to better appreciate the naturally aged reclaimed wood, the designers decided to use a simple metal stand to display it like a piece of art. www.fb.com/castbkk

    b a m b o o m o s a i c v a s e s b y b a m b u N i q u e specialising in resort-style furniture and accessories made with thailand-grown Phai tong bamboo, bambuniques designs are sustainable and long-lasting, thanks to a treatment process that protects it from termites. We love how different shades of bamboo create the mosaic surfaces, giving an edgy twist to the natural material. www.bambunique.com

    L i k a y b y s r i N L i mNamed after a form of traditional thai folk theatre known for its colourful and dazzling costumes, Likay is graphic and textile designer sarinya Limthongtips tribute to the classic art form. With this invigorating textile pattern, sarinya hopes to demonstrate how thais can still embrace their culture within contemporary settings. www.srinlim.com

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    international houseware Fair 2014, thai designers are now creating refined interpretations of universal trends, with many pieces featuring a brand of humour that s

    synonymous with their heritage. We bring you the best of what caught our eye at the fair, including brands and designers to keep on your radar.

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    s a b a i - dFlamboyant and eccentric, yet wonderfully elegant, every piece in sabai-ds collection is handcrafted with the same amount of love and passion an artist would put into each artwork. co-owner and designer Paramet saentaweesuk shares that his vision is to create art in the form of furniture, rather than design furniture for the home. a favourite among the local creative crowd, sabai-d is known for its playful designs such as the ma Nung bench (pictured above) inspired by the thai word for bench (ma nung), which directly translates to horse and sit. Paramet also enjoys thinking out of the box in terms of materials. one example is the ind Wing chair, which appears to have a steel frame, but is in fact made of wood. www.iamsabai-d.com

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    c o c o o N h a N G i N G L a m P b y k o r a k o t designer Nopparat chaiwong grew up in a small town surrounded by fishermen, and took inspiration for this sculptural pendant lamp from their net-weaving techniques. Just like the rest of korakots lighting designs, the cocoon hanging lamp is inspired by thai techniques and environments, such as the use of locally sourced natural materials, including bamboo and hemp rope. www.korakot.net

    L a m y a i b y h o o G made out of solid ash or oak, the Lam yai table lamp comes in two parts a stand and a spherical head. When assembled, the light sits snugly on its body, but you can rotate it in any direction you please. this clever and quirky design comes in three shades: Natural, tabacco and ebony. www.hoogshop.com

    P r a i b y k i d d e e d e s i G N m.L. Poramats varavarna is the brain behind Prai, a simple and creative solution to building your own vertical garden. this modular system is inspired by plants that grow on cliff faces, and is made up of individual boat-shaped planters which allow you to inject greenery into your home be it in a small corner of your bedroom, or against the fence of your back porch. www.kiddeedesign.com

    P u N - s u k b y h a r i o r aWith a shared loved for small furniture that makes you happy, fresh graduates Nutdanai siribongkot and chayamin sakdikul got together to design a collection of scandinavian-inspired wooden pieces. under the hari ora brand, the budding designers hope to present pieces that are warm and functional, such as the Pun-suk table, which features a pull-out ledge to hold additional dishes a nifty solution, especially for large families!www.fb.com/pages/

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    r o c k y b y e v e r y d a y relive the simple delight of sitting on a rocking horse as a child with the rocky stool by everyday studio, which has a rein that allows you to carry this lightweight design. Whether you straddle this stool like a cowboy or ride sideways like a lady, this piece will definitely inject a little cheer into your household. www.everyday-

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    space-saving furniture, sustainable products and designs that value craftsmanship were dominant

    themes that ran throughout the fair.

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    o u t o F s t o c k www.outofstockdesign.com,

    www.industryplus.com.sg the intriguing Luna light was awarded one of the outstanding talents of 2014 by interni magazine as part of the asia talents showcase. this design is available under industry+, a new singapore-based furniture brand.

    d e s i N e r ewww.desinere.com.sg home-grown talent melvin ongs medley of chic designs include the Fraise ornamental paper collar and the rok concrete paperweight.

    s t u d i o N o r mwww.studionorm.com studio Norms series of contemporary and elegant stainless steel vases represent the refined aesthetics the studio adheres to.

    s t u d i o J u J uwww.studio-juju.com,

    www.industryplus.com.sg Founders timo Wong and Priscilla Lui designed a solid walnut-wood dining set, featuring a sturdy table and low reclining chairs (pictured), for industry+.

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    P d m b r a N d With a couple of accolades already under its belt, including acknowledgements from Japans Good design award and singapores Furniture design award, Pdm brand is already on the regions design radar. its new mat collection (pictured above) took home a couple of honours under the asia talents showcase at the bangkok international houseware Fair. We used traditional ways to produce the polypropylene mats, but gave it a modern geometric design, says founder and designer doonyapol srichan. standing out from the many friendly designs at the fair, his work like the steel Paper chair is sleek, edgy and unabashedly urban. www.pdmbrand.com

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    u N i e b y a L L t a G do you often find yourself rummaging through your bag right before you leave home, to check if you have everything you need? one way to beat that last-minute search for those loose (but essential) items is by placing them right by the door and the slim unie floor lamp, along with its detachable shelves and mirror, is the perfect piece to hold all your little knick-knacks. www.alltagdesign.com

    F r u i t c a N d L e s b y N i m i t e d display these candles in a fruit bowl at home and amuse your guests by picking up an apple or pear to light. made to look, feel and peel just like real fruit, Nimiteds delightful candles work as fun accessories to inject humour into your home setting and liven up your tablescape. www.nimited.com

    at this years bangkok international houseware Fair, 40 emerging designers from around the region were recognised through the asia talents showcase. home & decor couldnt be more pleased to see singapore being represented by these cutting-edge local design studios.

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