Dusit Thani bites the dust

9 03 2017

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A Bangkok landmark, the modernist Dusit Thai flagship hotel in Silom, will be demolished next year according to an announcement earlier this week.





Super-baroque

6 03 2017

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Gene Kasidit stars in this fashion shoot for “Surround” magazine, photographed at an incredible neo-baroque (and very Bangkok ) hair salon called “77th studio”. I’m tempted to book in for a cut.

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Soapy

6 03 2017

Its back! Everyone’s favourite Thai online gay soap, backed by the Trasher party and Bangkok’s HIV testing campaign, will return for Season 2. Suppakorn Chaiyo, instagram hottie and sometime model, has joined the cast.





Art: Bangkok

2 03 2017

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Currently on in Bangkok, Visarut Sankhum’s images from the shanty-towns housing Bangkok’s army of construction workers, “Behind Tin Walls”.

Below, at Sukhumvit’s impressive SAC art complex are Supasit Thrammaprasert’s Thai temple art-influenced pieces and  Thidarat Chantachua’s exploration of Islamic themes.

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Celebrity endorsement

2 03 2017

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Top, Trevante Rhodes for Calvin Klein; bottom, Tokyo it-girl (somewhat tarnished by last year’s instagram scandal) Kiko Mizuhara, flogging Bangkok’s perenially empty Central Embassy Mall and centre, Gigi Hadid’s powerful, perplexing cover shot for the new Vogue Arabia. What does it mean? Super-superficial American celeb trying on her identity as the world’s most contested nationality (she is half-Palestinian) like a glittery rag, soon to be disposed of? Fashion co-opting Islamism, or the reverse? Is Vogue grovelling to conservative religious figures or sending  them a message of contempt? The image’s ambiguity is what gives it such power.





Bangkok: design city

18 02 2017

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The Thai capital continues to blossom as a design force with this co-working space in the Habito mall recently awarded a prestigious prize from Archdaily magazine for “Best interior of 2017”.

Below, street art from Lisbon artist Vhils on the wall of the historic Portuguese embassy, marking the four hundred year old ties between Thailand and Portugal, one of its first Western traders, who left a now-almost-vanished expat community on the Thonburi side of the river for centuries.

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Subhashok The Art Centre, an impressive concrete structure in the leafy Sukhumvit hinterland, is another addition to the city’s growing and impressive art scene, with mural by Cece Nobre.

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And finally hair salon Klinsuwan reconnect with the city’s Southeast Asian roots, through walls of golden bamboo.

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Bang Saen beach getaway

4 12 2016

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Thai fash mag Volume does a fun fashion story to celebrate one of the country’s original beach resort success stories, Bang Saen. The closest stretch of sand to Bangkok, Bang Saen was developed in the 196os as a holiday resort before being overshadowed by Pattaya and then Phuket. It is still popular with domestic tourists however, and it does boast a midcentury-style “heritage hotel” and a handsome young mayor, both of whom appear in this editorial.

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