From striking sculptures made of bronze, to tissue holders woven out of natural fibers, here are the top brands to check out at ICONCRAFT’s latest home decor zone.
Redecorating our living spaces has been a trend as of late, and many of us find ourselves out in search of inspiration, to bring a touch of new into our homes. If you’re looking to go out of the box, or — like us — have a soft spot for contemporary Thai design styles, ICONCRAFT’s Home & Decor zone is not to be missed. A platform for creatives and those who love Thai craftsmenship, ICONCRAFT is situated on the fourth and fifth floors of ICONSIAM, as well as on the third floor of Siam Discovery. From vibrant, colourful designs, to sleek and minimal home decor items inspired by Thai craftsmanship, we round up the top nine brands to visit the next time you go shopping for your abode.
Muse Design Company Limited
For side-tables that make a statement.
Fueled by a design philosophy that embraces the beauty of both Asian and European visual arts, Muse Design Co., Ltd offers a selection of home decor items that range from high-quality accessories, to lighting and accent furniture. Here, skilled artisans apply historical techniques of craftsmanship to create striking designs. Taking a rather innovative approach to natural materials, forms, and textures, the products here are perfect for those in search of a statement piece for the home.
For those who love traditional weaving.
Meaning “a good breeze’ — Brezza is Italian for breeze, while Dee is Thai for good — Brezza Dee offers a series of furniture and home decor, that focuses heavily on the use of natural materials. From wall decoration, to tables, chairs and more, most of the designs are centered around wood and rattan, drawing from the traditional techniques used by local artisans. Elements such as Thai weaving are given a contemporary touch, resulting in a series of rather beautiful patterns that are at once modern, yet underlined with a truly cultural touch.
For exquisite bronze work.
From stunning, sculpture-like chairs to intricately designed decor elements, and even tableware created from the finest bronze and brass, White Wall is the brand to eye for those who are looking for something that’s at once raw, and highly sophisticated. Reputed for bronze/brass sculptures, all pieces from the brand are unique and inspired by nature. Behind the items are specialist artisans who have been designing and distributing such sculptures since 2012, in an effort to express how sculptures not only serve as decorative items, but can also be a reflection of one’s character and style. Expect designs are fascinating, warm, and created to truly elevate your space.
For elevated table necessities.
If you’re a firm believer of refurbishing your space through attention to the details, Ayodhya is the brand to eye. Offering beautifully-designed everyday necessities — ranging from fruit holders, to little trays, and even tissue-boxes — this leading home decor brand is the brainchild of ML Pawinee Sukhasvasti Santisiri. Here, craftsmanship reigns supreme, as each design is carefully created using natural fibers, including the brand’s signature water hyacinth material. These materials are sourced from a network of grassroot suppliers, creating a system that directly supports Thai villagers with supplementary income. These fibers are carefully sewn together for a collection of subtle yet refined items, though unique handicraft techniques.
For artfully-inspired seating alternatives.
Specialising in creating home decor products that have a historical twist, Sumphat Gallery’s designs connect the past with the present, through a preservation of local stories and craftsmanship. The brand is characterised by a beautiful aesthetic — unique textures and shapes that draw inspiration from the simplicity and humbleness of nature. Driving the designs is a belief in the “wabi sabi” philosophy, and a focus on combining old handicraft techniques with a modern way of life.
For chairs that also serve as art pieces.
Originally made out of the hand-weaving remains of industrial seat belts, the award-winning Sexy Dining Chair can now be woven out of ribbon. Stylish, innovative, and surprisingly very comfortable, they’re carefully made using two-sided cotton straps, wrapped around a wooden and steel frame, and are the brainchild of Thai designer Nuttapong Chaorenkitvarakorn. Awards and accolades aside — not to mention the fact that they made it into the Hunger Games movie — these make some pretty great statement pieces for your space.
For beautiful ceramic art.
Inspired by ancient local techniques of ceramic glazing, Chuanlhong Ceramic draws from the age-old art, with nods to past pieces patterned with Thai and Lanna heritage. While the designs today are much more contemporary, there are still clear elements of Lanna, with designs meticulously hand-painted and molded by local artisans. While the ceramic vases and decor items speak for themselves in their beauty, a lot of effort also goes behind each piece. The white Lampang clay is carefully shaped to form the product, and heated at 850 degrees. It is then meticulously adored with its textures and patterns, before being heated once again at 1250 degrees for the final result.
ICONCRAFT x Thai Designer
For charming touches of Thai.
Offering a series of minimal, cute designs that draw from traditional Thai craftsmanship, THINGG Studio stands out through the way they so charmingly combine artisanal techniques with a contemporary touch, as well as high functionality. From tea sets designed to make tea culture more accessible to the youth — through a rather modern aesthetic, and heavy consideration of user convenience — to charming marble containers that play with textures, and so-called “campfire” placeholders for heated pans, the selection of products comes with a unique charisma that’ll add a pop of character to your space.
Characterised by the way designs blend craftsmanship, with arts, product design, and illustration, Pabaja is all about telling stories on traditional silk and satin. Drawing inspiration from the nature that surrounds mankind, Pabaja’s designs are aeshetically striking, and highly usable.
A highlight to look out for from 56 Studio is undoubtedly the Love Seat — a sofa especially designed for lovers, drawing from striped patterns for a result that catches the eye. There are nods to traditional Thai craftsmanship through materiality, and can blend seamlessly into any corner of the home. Be sure to also not miss out on the Noodle Stool, where a regular chair has been especially wrapped using the techniques of local artisans for a fascinating twist.
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