5 of Bangkok's best shops for Thai-made gifts
Looking for that perfect gift to take back home with you? Visit these stores that showcase awesome design for when Singha tank tops and elephant pants just won't do.
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 local artisans in Lamont’s employ, ensuring that each piece of furniture is both unique and meaningful.
2/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5772. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm
The Japan Institute for Design Promotion (JDP) has teamed up with a local gallerist to create this boutique dedicated to award-winning design from Japan. Decked out in cool tones of white and gray, the space looks as much like an art gallery as it does a shop, with products carefully displayed alongside explanatory notes, just as if you were visiting an exhibition. The selection of items comes mostly from Japanese designers (of course), ranging from iconic pieces like Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool to smaller keepsakes and gifts like the super-cool Urushi card case (by Kirimoto Wooden Craft Factory. A few G Mark-awarded Thai designs join the space, too.
4/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160- 5686. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm
Trimode’s lead jewelry designer traveled to various provinces around Thailand to help contemporize traditional products, in collaboration with The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand. The brand won the big prize at the Asia Talents 2014 segment of BIG+BIH for products like Doipui, a modern redesign of a traditional Hmong embroidered hat, and Nong Bua Daeng, hand-woven cotton hats and totes colored with natural indigo and ebony dyes.
3/F, The Wonder Room, Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., 0- 2658-1098. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-10pm
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 the 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. Open daily 10am-8pm
This concept store gathers designer product from all over the world with a heavy focus on stationery and home decor. Along with international tech, fashion and design brands, there are also plenty of Thai names (Gray Ray, Labrador and Midori) as well as cute home decor pieces (look out for Plural Design, PDM Brand, Karv Design and Alltag). The huge space also has a deli with some to-die-for food.
4/F, The EmQuartier, Helix Building, Sukhumvit Rd., 02- 003-6138/9. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm