The historic neighbourhood of Charoenkrung has welcomed yet another creative space, ATT 19. This new art and lifestyle hub is actually an endeavor of the Attakanwongs to gather the passions—from art to antiques to fashion—of each family member under one roof. (They are the same family behind the long-running and much-respected Lek Gallery, located in the same hood.)
Set in what used to be Arthorn Suksa Chinese School, the multidisciplinary art space displays items that have been carefully handpicked by the new generation of a family with deep roots in the antiques scene. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to expect aesthetics that blend modern ideals and stylish eclecticism.
Gigantic ancient wooden doors open up to an airy and inviting space with art pieces adorning white walls, raw concrete flooring, and an exposed teakwood ceiling. The entire ground floor acts as a shop that sells collector’s pieces and rare bric-a-brac. Don’t be surprised if you spot a carved wooden chair from the Ming Dynasty or a massive piece of embroidered fabric from the 19th century. One corner displays ceramic pieces that will start conversations but won’t empty out your pocket, including uniquely-shaped, almost distorted, handcrafted pieces from Japan, where the art of imperfection is valued. Another corner flaunts a selection of gorgeous vintage clothing from around the globe, many of them rare and hard-to-find.
The second floor is a gallery, exhibiting art pieces by acclaimed contemporary artists as well as the works of emerging Thai talents. At the middle of it all is a tree-filled courtyard. The high-ceilinged area boasts a sunroof that allows natural light to filter in and light up the entire place during the day.
ATT 19 also houses B.A.A.B (Badass Asia Bar), the rebranded and relocated outlet of Ku Thai Bar, previously located on Soi Suan Plu, that serves Asian-inspired tapas and drinks. Mad Beef, a chef’s table concept with a focus on—you’ve guessed it—beef is also set to open.