Wonderland of Design
Transformed into an expansive four floor complex from an original single level, the new Jim Thompson Bangkok Home Furnishings Showroom’s expanded spaces are crammed with a wealth of design riches. Visitors wandering these four floors risk being completely entranced by the luxuriant design themes on display and becoming totally immersed in a lavish Jim Thompson extravaganza. It can be likened to delving into the soul of this iconic and enigmatic Thai brand to capture its essence – almost every step reveals another wonderful revelation of Jim Thompson’s deep heritage of beauty and mystery. In addition to Jim Thompson itself, there are exhibits of Fox Linton, the British home furnishings brand recently acquired by Jim Thompson, as well as other European exhibits by Spanish house Gaston y Daniela, and wallcoverings and fabrics by French brand Elitis.
The 50 years-old building in Surawong Road housing the new showroom is one of the oldest in modern Bangkok. It was re-modelled by local interior designers and architects PHTAA Living Design, who followed a brief to preserve its character while providing a modern and contemporary feel. PHTAA created wall-to-wall windows on the outward facing wall, making each floor brim with natural light. The new windows overlook Jim Thompson’s original shop – surroundings that adding to the sense of heritage synonymous with the Jim Thompson brand. Renowned interior designer Vichada (Dao) Sikatalin has transformed the third floor into a series of five rooms dedicated to Jim Thompson fabrics, each room with its own theme, unique style and colour scheme. Curating the Jim Thompsonstyle rooms comes naturally for me, says Dao. I love patterns, vibrant hues and rich textures – and Jim Thompson has it all.