Chiang Mai dives into design

lifestyle October 26, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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Chiang Mai Design Week, an annual gathering of creative types from different industries, designers, craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs, returns from December 6 to 14 with more innovations to meet the needs of modern living.



This event consists of five segments. 

“Design Showcase” will have 51 designers and entrepreneurs displaying their wares on Charoenrat Road, at the former Election Commission headquarters next to the TCDC on Muang Samut Road, and at a nearby shophouse. 

 

Clothes, decorative items, furniture, gifts, textiles, toys, ceramic objects, lamps, silver, wood and food products will be on sale, originating mainly in Chiang Mai but with some from Bangkok.

“Creative Space Workshops” will see entrepreneurs hosting open houses and sharing their skills. There will be 26 workshops across the city covering topics ranging from leather goods, mulberry paper, coffee and clothing to printed textiles. 

Unfortunately, all are already booked up save one, in which Australian artist Chris Chun will demonstrate how to make some very cool pillowcases. Get an application form at the TCDC or email.

 

“Citywide Installation & Tours” examines large design objects like sculptures, wooden installations and furniture installed at seven locations. You get to interact with the objects and study the skills and materials used. There will also be a coffee tour, a bike tour and an artandculture tour activities.

 

“Business Programme” aims to link local manufacturers and entrepreneurs with buyers and business partners, both in Thailand and abroad. Events include a networking party and a market featuring handicrafts and homemade products on December 13 and 14 in the grounds of a 140-year-old house on Charoenprathet Road.

“Creative Dialogue” at the TCDC will involve panel discussions among 30 experts on subjects related to design and entrepreneurship.

Find out more at www.ChiangMaiDesignWeek.com and www.TCDC.or.th/chiangmai.