Hand-crafted luxury for your home

lifestyle October 20, 2018 01:00

By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The Nation Weekend

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Jim Thompson renews its partnership with architect and interior designer Ed Tuttle for a new collection of bespoke furniture



JIM THOMPSON brings elegance to the home this winter with a new furniture collection that revives the iconic designs of leading American architect Ed Tuttle. 

Committed to creating contemporary designs that represent local culture, Tuttle was behind the striking makeover of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, the Park Hyatt Milan and Aman Resorts in Indonesia. More recently he has undertaken renovation projects for the five-star Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok and Chiva-som International Health Resort in Hua Hin. 

Famous for his minimal but luxury style, Tuttle plays with geometric forms to create abstract sofas, semi-precious stone hand-inlaid tables, comfortable lounge chairs and hand-crafted lamps. This is a made-to-order service, allowing customers can choose their own favourite wood, upholstery fabric and colours from a catalogue. The work takes between 45 to 90 days to complete depending on the designs.

“The partnership between Jim Thompson and Tuttle began 15 years ago when Tuttle expanded his reach to include interior design. He invited us to hold an exclusive production license of Ed Tuttle Furniture by Jim Thompson to supply furniture and home furnishings for his design projects,” says Sasaya Buranastidporn, director of Home Furnishing Asia Pacific & International Operations.

“Our furniture was made in Austria and France but all textiles were produced at the Jim Thompson Factory in Pak Thongchai district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Today, all the production is based in Thailand because Tuttle is working on more projects in Asia.”

To help customers visualise how the pieces can be used in an interior, Tuttle has designed and styled four different vignettes at Jim Thompson Home Furnishings Showroom on Surawong Road. The room showcases his special furniture in juxtaposition with fabric walling and textile panels as well as contemporary Southeast Asian art he personally picked. 

Focusing on simplicity and classic designs for urban living, the remarkable Patsri large lounge chair and low dining armchair are made of solid teak and finished with detachable chenille canvas cushions, making them a perfect fit for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Using special techniques to form their dedicated structure, these low-seat chairs showcase the very finest of Thai craftsmanship. They take an inspiration from the chairs Tuttle designed for his friend Patsri Bunnag to use on their shared yacht the “Mahabhetra”. 

The Maia dining chair and armchair have a chic, sleek feminine character that is influenced by his celebrity friend Mai Vejjajiva. Their frames are made of ash and finished with a zebrano and ebony veneer for a classy look. 

The Lite sofas and daybeds come in the shapes of C and L. Their structures are a mixture of ash wood and metal, complete with refined upholstery that easily matches other furnishings. Following its name –sky in French – the Ciel series gives a feeling of floating on air when sitting on its Meridien sofa, two-seater sofa and armchair thanks to the super soft seat stuffed with duck feathers. 

Tuttle has added some new tables and lamps to his home furnishing collection. One of the highlights is the Square Gem side table, adapted from the full dining table at Park Hyatt Milan, for which hand-inlaid techniques are used to create a beautiful top made with such gemstones as malachite, agate and onyx. 

The black Micro Mosaic table and console are complemented with agate and amethyst stones, while the Organic Pair table has smoked brass legs and free-form African granite finishing and the Gueridon features a gunmetal-shaded stainless steel frame, mahogany legs and African granite top.

Perfectly paired with Patsri chairs, the Drilled Glass low dining table comes with teak legs wrapped with ropes. The X stainless steel tables are scratch-resistant and come in three colours of gunmetal, rose-gold and gold. There’s also the Wood Column mahogany table lamp with a silk shade, the inside of which is adorned with woven gold ropes.

Tuttle also presents a new design of hand-woven, silk-rayon fabric called Rice that is available in 22 colours to complete his furniture. The look is minimal yet sophisticated, with the natural yarns in the warp and weft making it the perfect accompaniment for the complex silhouettes.

Find out more about the furnishings by calling (02) 632 8110 or emailing showroom@jimthompson.com.