Designs behind the scene

Art January 07, 2018 13:30

By The Nation

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As part of Bangkok Design Week from January 27 to February 4, P Tendercool, PTgallery, and PTlab will present three exhibitions spread out over the three venues all within walking distance of each other on Bangkok’s Charoen Krung Soi 30.

Set in an iconic 1940’s New-York meatpacking style warehouse by the Chao Phraya, smack in the middle of the Creative District and right next to the new Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), P Tendercool will launch its latest bespoke hand-crafted sofa collection, made with reclaimed hardwood from Thai vintage houses, hand-welded extruded brass and 100- per-cent Thai latex.

The upholstery is made in collaboration with Jim Thompson. Also on show will be a selection of furniture created especially for Bangkok Design Week, showcasing P Tendercool’s unrelenting focus on cross-cultural creations through an intense collaboration between Belgian, Thai, French and Italian designers and craftsmen.

Tattoo artists Tantai, CZ and Luke Satoru will each show their work on custom-tattooed leather chairs.

Dutch photographer Hans Fonk will present the second series of his “China Rocks Collection: Painted Photographs”, the artist’s interpretation of the rapid change China has undergone in the last decades. Hans Fonk shows images of the Royal Palace juxtaposed on humble Hutongs, a series of photographs of Zen Rocks from Beijing’s Forbidden City and Palace Museum.  The artist prints his photos on canvas, a canvas he then finishes by combining Chinese watercolors and old Dutch oil paints.

P. Tendercool’s founders, Belgians Pieter Compernol and Stephanie Grusenmeyer, will then take visitors on a tour of their gallery, warehouse and PTlab. These are three distinctly different refurbished heritage spaces all within a five-minute walk from their gallery at Warehouse 30. PTlab is set in a 750-square metre warehouse next to a canal.

 PTLab has not been shown to the public before and this tour will be a unique opportunity to really go behind the scenes and discover a refurbished warehouse and former rice storage building.

For details, call (02) 266 4344 or visit