This little gem in Siam Center shopping mall specializes in all kinds of super-cool Thai designer items. Some of our favorites come from Found by Trimode, whose head designer, Pirada Senivong na Ayudhya, travels to various provinces around Thailand to help contemporize traditional products. Highlights include Doipui, a modern redesign of a traditional Hmong embroidered hat; Nong Bua Daeng, hand-woven cotton hats and totes colored with natural indigo and ebony dyes; and Nakhon Ratchasima, jewelry made with buffalo, ox and yak horns using metal coating techniques.
3/F, Siam Center (next to Something Boudoir), Rama 1 Rd., 02- 658-1098. BTS Siam
One of a number of Thai craft shops under The One Tambon One Product (OTOP) brand, this store specializes in luxury items produced in Thailand. It features more than a thousand handicraft products selected from different producers around country, most of them home decorative items and fashion accessories. Other OTOP sites include OTOP The Walking Street in Silom (02-635-7061) and OTOP The Avenue (096-231-2843) in Ramintra.
4/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., : 02-160-5975. BTS Phloen Chit
Drawing from his experiences living in both Europe and Asia, Alexander Lamont’s beautiful decor items successfully blend European techniques with the subtle mystique of Asian art. The materials, from bronze to stingray skin, are always luxurious and meticulously handcrafted by the dozens of artisans under Alexander Lamont’s employ, ensuring that each piece of furniture is both unique and meaningful.
Room L2-01/1, 2/F, Central Embassy, Ploenchit Rd., 02-160-5772. BTS Phloen Chit
Decked out in cool tones of white and gray, the space looks more like an art gallery than it does a shop, with every product carefully displayed alongside explanatory notes, just as if you were visiting an exhibition. Most of the store is about Japanese goods (lauded items like Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool and Kirimoto Wooden Craft Factory’s super-cool Urushi card case), but there’s a whole lot of beautiful Thai products to discover too—each piece given the international G Mark award for good design.
4/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5686. BTS Phloen Chit
There’ a whole lot to love at this flawlessly chic boutique in one of the city’s most glamorous malls. But alongside the big international designer names like Tom Dixon and Veja, you’ll also discover some to-die-for local finds, from the woven Thai craft lampshades of Thinkk Studio to the geometric, utterly contemporary beach mats of PDM—a playful update to a classic item of Thai pop culture.
4/F, The Emquartier, Helix Building, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6138/9. BTS Phrom Phong