Unique furniture with a Thai twist

Art December 17, 2017 11:20

By The Nation

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Twenty-three Thai design brands are offering their unique furniture and home decor items in the “Central Chidlom Furniture & Lighting Design Fair” at the downtown department store through January 2.



If you are looking for distinctive furniture, Yothaka by Suwan Kongkhunthian is a great choice thanks to its use of natural materials like water hyacinth. The company has designed and produced handcrafted furniture for export to Europe for nearly 30 years and has more than 200 items on offer. Yothaka has won several awards, among them All Great Design I-Design Magazine, Good Design Award, Design Excellence, Thailand Designer of the Year, Asian Design Award winner, Prime Minister’s Export Award Thailand, Outstanding new modern furniture, Good Governance Award, the Silapatorn National Award, Bai Po Business Award, Innovative Craft Award, and Designer of the year.

For striking designs, check out Kenkoon, a brand known for outdoor furniture made with Swedish techniques and a unique mix of Asian and Western styles. The design is modern and simple, and the materials used are durable, such as teak wood and stainless steel. The brand has received numerous awards such as Design Excellence Awards (DEmark) in 2011, 2014, 2016 from Department of International Trade Promotion (Thailand), Design for Asia Awards (DFA) 2009 from the Hong Kong Design Centre, and Best Outdoor Accessories Design Awards at the International Casual Furniture Fair 2006 (Chicago USA).

Galvanii makes furniture with galvanized steel as the key material. Through its expertise in hot-dip galvanizing, along with cutting-edge design and durable material, its products are modern and unique, suitable for all lifestyles. Galvanii won the Demark Award in 2015.

Looking for cool lighting? Pin’s owner Saruta Kiatparkpoom turned her thesis project into a real business by using leftover steel from her family business to create cool items such as furniture and home decor items in Thai-inspired shapes such as the chedi and krathong. Pin has attended international design fairs such as Maison & objet in Paris four years in a row as well as design fairs in Denmark, the UK, Japan, and Indonesia and the brand is recognised throughout Asean.

For a touch of retro and classic, check out Agal, which comes up with new products that look like vintage items, inspired by various eras. Main materials include teak wood, brass, and steel and the range includes chairs, tables and beds.

Discover these and many more in the Event Hall on the third floor of Central Chidlom daily between 10 and 10. Special deals are available for Central The 1 credit card members.