Entering February, Bangkok-dwelling creatives are abuzz with excitement at the return of Bangkok Design Week 2020. While every part of this year’s event — which follows a concept of ‘Resilience’ — is worth mentioning in itself, we are particularly interested in an exhibition taking place in the century-old Nineteenth-Century Customs House. Featuring a series of incredibly personal photographs by Thanphuying Sirikitiya Jensen, the exhibition explores how she retraces the steps of her great, great grandfather from his time spent in Norway.

As we near Valentine’s Day, it’s also a good time for many potential wedding couples to begin thinking about when the big day will be — and to assist you in your hunt for the very best venue, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok will be hosting their Wedding Showcase 2020. Scroll to see your plans!

ART & CULTURE — While all exhibitions in Bangkok Design Week 2020 are definitely worth visiting, one that particularly caught our eye is ‘Hundred Years Between’, a deeply personal photographic exhibition by Thanphuying Sirikitiya Jensen. In celebration of the 115th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Norway and Thailand, Thanphuying Sirikitiya Jensen walked in the footsteps of her great, great grandfather King Chulalongkorn, retracing his steps during his journey in Norway. Her images retrace the steps King Chulalongkorn took, following letters he had written daily to his daughter, and showcases an exploration into the idea of forging ancestral connections that go beyond time and space. 

Until February 9, 2020. Nineteenth-Century Customs House, Bangkok. To find out more, visit bangkokdesignweek.com

WINE & DINE — Many of us spent the past weekend hyped over the return of Bangkok Design Week, back under the concept of ‘Resilience: New potential for living, adapt> survive> grow’. For those who couldn’t make it — or perhaps, haven’t had enough — the festival is still ongoing, and will take place until this Saturday. As part of it, be sure to check out the special collaboration between local Thai designers and buzzing restaurant outlets in the old town. A special project by WP Energy and Bangkok Design Week 2020, five leading fashion brands Vickteerut, TandT, Janesuda, Panya PJ, and Vinn Patararin work together with five culinary talents in the gourmet industry to create a special menu that revives Charoenkrung’s rich history.

Until February 9, 2020. Wua Thong, Heiji, Jua, To More, Rei on Charoenkrung road. To find out more, visit the official World Curated Instagram Page.

WEDDINGS — In this month of love, it’s only natural for couples to begin dreaming of their big day. For brides and grooms-to-be, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok will be hosting a special Wedding Showcase 2020 – ‘Dreams Do Come True’, offering guests a chance to explore all the possibilities that await when it comes to tying the knot at the acclaimed hotel. Not only will couples in attendance be among the first to preview the newest event space — The Green House, rising poetically between the River of Kings and the hotel swimming pool — but guests will also get the chance to see how the in-house wedding specialists create bespoke celebrations especially tailored to your needs, in celebration of your life’s most memorable moments. There will also be a showcase of the hotel’s top-notch culinary and catering teams, examples of the classic, elegant wedding setup, along with floral design inspiration.

10am-5pm, February 9, 2020. The Royal Ballroom, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. To confirm your attendance or find out more, call 0 659 9000, or email mobkk-weddingsales@mohg.com

WINE & DINE — In another fun remix of food meets fashion, Thai culinary dining experiences are taken to a whole new level as Paii’s chef Joe joins forces with Bangkok-based streetwear brand, Takara Wong. Taking influence from the dynamic aesthetics of Takara Wong’s street culture, chef Joe has created six new dishes that draws flavours from local Thai street food. Plates like charcoal grilled Spinach octopus served with seafood sauce show visible hints of chef Joe’s own unique culinary style, along with dishes such as grilled river prawn with hot basil sauce, grilled banana with coffee sauce, coconut ice cream, and more.

THB1,200 for six courses. Available 12am-12pm, until February 13, 2020. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2344 4025, or visit paiibangkok.com.

ART & CULTURE — Offering a deep exploration into the constant struggle humans face as they “fight” against nature, this art exhibition by Chisanuphool “Kao” Presanvorakitkool uses woodcut images of ancient Gods, mythology, religions, and fables to represent the power and real force behind our earth. A deeply intricate collection of artwork, the exhibition in a way urges society to come to an understanding that Gods, and supernatural powers do not exist in religion alone, but are very much present in the nature around us.

10am-6pm, every Tuesday – Sunday, until February 28, 2020. Kalwit Studio & Gallery. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.