SIAM SENSES celebrates the talents and tenacity of Thai creative pioneers and entrepreneurs, spanning across diverse ﬁelds of creative practices: fashion, lifestyle, product design and furniture. Recognized by the Department of International Trade Promotion’s 3 hallmark projects: DEmark, Talent Thai and Designers’Room. These chosen brands and products reﬂect an excellence in design, imagination, functionality and top-class aesthetics.
We hear the words eco (or eco-friendly), light-saving and save the environment countless times. Sometimes, we’ll turn off the lights we aren’t using, but most of the time, it just goes in one ear and out the other. We continue to do what we are used to, whether it’s pulling out too many tissues or using only one side of paper. Yet, there are a group of people who are trying to change their behavior and trying to let others know that “eco” is something that is very close to us and not hard to be at all.
The culture of Isaan people, a group of people living in the northeast of Thailand for thousands of years, has always been dismissed as marginal, despite its creative vivacity and unique qualities. The Isaan life boasts clear characteristics, be it way of life, handicrafts, architecture, ceremonies, down to the clothes they wear, which are designed to endure difficult weather they must go through.
For foodies, Thailand is considered heaven because of an abundance of delicious eats ranging from Michelin eateries to street food. High quality international food, be it Chinese, Japanese or Italian, are easy to find. A world-class Indian restaurant can also be found in Bangkok, namely Eat at Gaggan, which serves progressive cuisine by Chef Gaggan Anand.
Cotton is a material used in almost every culture, including in Thailand. A native plant of the South East Asia, cotton filaments have the advantage of being airy, durable and breathable, perfect for the tropical weather of the region. Since days long gone, cotton is a preferred materials for people from all walks of life: it is no surprise that cotton weaving is one of the several crafts that Thai people excel in.
Forget that old piece of flashy tartan, roughly woven fabric worn in the provincial Thailand for generations. The Pa-Kao-Ma Local Handicraft project, in partnership with LALALOVE fashion design, has reimagined and reintroduced the down-to-earth Pa-Kao-Ma textiles into the Thai, and increasingly international, high-end fashion.
Thai five-coloured porcelain is considered a product of high culture. Thaniya, a scented candle producer, is trying to democratise the ancient art for contemporary consumers resulting in an exciting lifestyle product.
Is it true that ‘Benjarong’ porcelains are created to be showcased than being used in everyday life? In the past, it might be so, but today, the royal porcelains are reinvented to be more useable in the contemporary world, and the prototypes were exhibited in the “BENJARONG: SACICT SIGNATURE COLLECTION” exhibition last year at Siam Discovery.
Despite of being an important element in graphic design, typefaces are often neglected. Typefaces or fonts can be used to convey emotions, feelings, and moods of the stories. But which typeface to use? Well, it depends on the contents and targeted audience you are addressing.
When international designer Tom Dixon was younger, he spent most of his time playing music, riding his motorbike, and just wasting his time like other ฺBritish rebellious youngsters in the 80s did. But when he decided he would take designing seriously, he started trying. Without any design knowledge, he began to seek it by himself, learning by doing, and today Tom Dixon
Halt your rainmaking ceremony right there: technology is coming to the agricultural scene! Tech has come in to improve productivity, enhance quality, cut cost and save time. This change has been pioneered by several other cases: in Israel where most landscape remains futile and dry, hydro-technology has been introduced to boost harvest; in the Netherlands where spaces is a rare and precious asset, digital has intervened to enhance the quality of the crops, etc.
A Chiang Mai-based designer and founder of Rubber Killer bags and packagings brand, Sareongrong Wongsawan has wanted to bring an end to the question of waste: yes, waste can be recycled… and into everyday articles too!
กิจกรรมบ่มเพาะแบรนด์ไทยในภาคเหนือ “From Local Wisdom to Global Market” (IDEALAB: Thai Brand Incubation Program รุ่นที่ 2) มาถึงผู้ประกอบการภาคเหนือแล้วถ้าอยากให้สินค้าที่คุณผลิต มีความเฉิดฉายกว่าเจ้าอื่นๆ กิจกรรมนี้สามารถดึงศักยภาพของท่านให้ออกมาชัดเจนยิ่งขึ้น สนใจสมัครได้ที่ https://bit.ly/2Ffisk3
“What is the purpose of brand? How different is it from others? Why has business been established? These are all 3 important questions for building firstly a new brand. The more confidence and position we have in our business the more clearly branding we own.
Packaging design is not a new thing. Thousands of years ago human invented creative packaging design to meet the daily living of people. Also back to hundred thousand years ago, this creative way of packaging design occurred in the same way. It can be seen from the historical record. As far as shown in Thai history, the excavated materials used were all made from the nature.
From the foregoing, these are just some of the ideas that reflect the factors that will influence the future of design and product development. This is only a spark to start. You need to learn and develop the idea regardless of passing time. The balance of the value of design is important that designers need to consider adapting this. The last thing that will help us survive through the change is that we do not stop learning, acting and developing ourselves continuously in order to create greater design for the future