The best indoor plants and where to get them
Since you’re spending so much time indoors while the whole nation is on lockdown, why not take this as a good time to improve your home environment with some houseplants. Apart from adding pops of color to your living space, plants also help create a more eye-friendly and relaxing environment. They also help purify indoor air by clearing it off irritants, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Here’s a rundown of some of the best indoor plants as well as the plant shops that can deliver straight to your doorstep.
Turn your own home into a movie theater with these items
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's gonna be a while before we can go to the movies again (sobbing). But to be honest, do you want to breathe the same air with other human beings in a closed, poorly-circulated environment for two or three hours? We have a suggestion for you. Why not build your own movie theater at home. Not only will you get to enjoy all the "facilities" to yourself—think comfy leather chair and the fact that you can stretch your legs as far as you want, but you also don't have to pay for the overpriced popcorn and drinks. We’ve listed everything you need to build the home cinema of your dreams. From a projector to stylish sofas to a popcorn machine, you may realize you don’t have to risk your life being in public to enjoy movies again. Epson EB-970 XGA 3LCD Projector, B34,900, from Epson Thailand This essential item will produce massive, high-quality image that can take up the whole wall. Epson BANG & OLUFSEN’s Beolit 17 Speaker, B21,900, from BANG & OLUFSEN Thailand Sounds from the speaker from a laptop is not gonna cut it. We need a quality sound system to feel like we’re really in the cinema. BANG & OLUFSEN Projector Screen 100 inch, B3,338, from JD Central If you don’t have a large, blank white wall, you’re going to need this. JD Central Innergie’s Magicable Usb-C To Hdmi, B990, from .life This item is the key to connect what's showing on your laptop to the projector screen. .life Popcorn Machine, B3,790, from JD Central
ICONCRAFT exhibits Thai textiles from local weavers and leading Thai designers in August
Thai textiles are some of the finest in the world. Crafted by artisanal communities in different regions in the country, these textiles boast seamless artistry, a high attention to detail and meticulous weaving techniques. Each woven product exudes beauty that transcends fashion and is a testament to the life-stories of the people who create it. To celebrate the intricate craftmanship of Thai textiles, ICONSIAM launched ICONCRAFT, an immersive and creative platform for local design at ICONSIAM and Siam Discovery. Throughout the month of August, the hub is hosting an exhibition called ICONCRAFT Thai Textile Heroes, which features the works of contemporary textile masters, as well as the collaborative efforts between a community of textile weavers and three noted Thai fashion brands. Here are some highlights from the exhibit: 1. Striking textile designs and masterpieces by Isaan masters The beautiful designs of Meechai Taesujariya (pictured below), one of the most notable textile artists in Isaan, are not sold at retail shops, high-end or otherwise. To get your hands on one of his works, you would need to make an appointment at Ban Kham Pun, a center for craft conservation that the designer put up in Ubon Ratchathani. The center, however, only welcomes visitors for only three days a year. In fact, Meechai’s showcase at ICONCRAFT is the first time he's displaying his designs in a luxury shopping mall. Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok “There’s an Isaan proverb that says ‘I
High-end fashion brands take to LINE to sell luxury goods during the lockdown
All shopping centers and department stores in Bangkok have been temporarily shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has prompted fashion and lifestyle brands to engage in e-commerce, selling off-the-runway items through online marketplaces and LINE, Thailand’s most popular messaging service. While local brands have been using LINE to sell their merchandise for quite some time, it’s interesting to see luxury European brands now taking on this practice. From Japanese bag purveyor Bao Bao Issey Miyake to multi-label fashion retailer Club 21 to French fashion powerhouses like Chanel and Louis Vuitton, luxury brands have converted their LINE accounts into virtual stores to help push sales during these tough times. Chanel, apart from using LINE to broadcast fashion videos, fun stay-home clips, and bits of the brand’s history (do check out the Inside Chanel series), is now making the most of the messaging app to advertise new fashion and jewelry items, which sell through online assistants on its website. But for Chanel skincare and cosmetic products, a live chat is available on LINE on weekdays from 9.00 to 18.00. View this post on Instagram A post shared by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Apr 23, 2020 at 5:02am PDT Louis Vuitton, which adopted the use of LINE to advertise their products, has also kicked off a live chat service where customers can get product information, purchase their fave monogrammed merch online, and arrange to have their b
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Café Kitsuné Bangkok soon to open at Emquartier
Cult coffee shop Café Kitsuné is set to open the first Bangkok branch on the ground floor of Emquartier by the third quarter of this year. Starting off as a record label in France, Maison Kitsuné is globally known among style-and-music-savvy individuals for Paris-meet-Tokyo fashion influence. The clothing brand has imprinted its presence in fashion destinations around the world from Paris, to Tokyo and to New York. The brand is recognized by the iconic fox logo (kitsuné means fox in Japanese) which symbolizes versatility, taking a reference from Japanese mythology in which foxes are believed to possess the ability to shape shift into human. Replacing DVF clothing store at Emquartier will be the new brick-and-mortar store of Maison Kitsuné. A part of the fashion retail will be taken over by Café Kitsuné – the café spin-off of the chic fashion label. Few details are available about the food and drinks provided at the café but we expect the iconic fox-shaped snacks served alongside quality-brewed coffee that you can enjoy while grooving to slick playlist. The store and the café are expected to open in third quarter of 2020. We will keep you up to date with more detail. View this post on Instagram Keep your daily drinks warm longer with our Café Kitsuné Tumblers ♨️ A post shared by Café Kitsuné (@cafekitsune) on May 12, 2020 at 2:16am PDT
Burberry goes serious about sustainability
Burberry has started taking sustainable production in stride. The British brand’s spring 2020 collection includes 26 new products—from jackets to bags to glasses—that were made using sustainable and biodegradable materials such as bio-acetate, reused plastics, and recycled PET bottles and fishing nets. This capsule collection, called ReBurberry Edit, are identified by a special pistachio-colored label. Burberry Burberry Burberry See more on www.burberry.com
Cartier drops a microsite to launch new watch models
COVID-19 has hit the luxury watchmaking industry pretty hard and forced the cancellation of major watch fairs this year. Fine watch and jewelry maker Cartier, which planned to drop a number of new watches at these much-awaited events, has launched a new consumer website to introduce these new timepieces directly to customers. Cartier Visit www.cartierwatchmakingencounters.com to get reacquainted with the Panthere, Tank Asymetrique and Pasha, first introduced in 1914, 1936 and 1985, respectively, and to learn more about the jewel-like Maillon. Cartier Cartier
Bangkok's best malls, shopping centers and department stores
Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok
A premium outlet mall co-created by Thailand's retail powerhouse Siam Piwat and American retail conglomerate Simon Group. Siam Premium Outlet features a wide range of brands such as Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein as well as local favorites such as Jim Thompson and Eveandboy beauty store.
Central Chidlom (commonly referred to as just "Chidlom" by locals) is the flagship and most luxurious store of Central Group, Thailand's largest department store and shopping center chain. Favored by affluent clientele, it is home to luxury fashion and beauty brands nestled over seven floors, a gigantic supermarket, and a surprisingly affordable food court. Central Chidlom has long been praised for its larger-than-life annual flower showcase to celebrate the group's birthday.
Set on the lower floors of the posh, Amanda Levete Architects-designed building, Central Embassy is Central Group's high-end shopping complex, home to global luxury brands such as Chanel, Saint Laurent, Ralph Laurent and Prada as well as affordable fashion and lifestyle labels like Zara, Uniqlo and Muji. Situated on the basement level is popular Thai food court Eathai, while Open House on the 6th floor is a book and food haven. The upper floors are the rooms and suites of Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel.
The city’s newest riverside shopping complex, ICONSIAM is home to luxury brands that matter, from Gucci to Louis Vuitton (don’t forget to check out textile designer Ploenchan Vinyaratn’s creations hanging from the store’s ceiling) to Hermès. The city’s very first official Apple Store is also housed at ICONSIAM, taking up two floors at one of the mall’s best spots fronting the Chao Phraya River. Other highlights include Takashimaya, a Japanese mall with a drool-worthy food zone; and SookSiam, a football stadium-sized food and souvenir market offering all things Thai. We expect traffic to build up on the Thonburi side so it’s probably best if you take a boat from Sathorn Pier.
Some of the coolest shops in the city
Chanintr Work is furniture retailer Chanintr Living’s latest move to refresh the way you see and shop for work furnishings. It is is crafted around the concept of “living office,” which means it’s an actual Chanintr office with Chanintr staff members working and walking around—adding some life to a retail warehouse. You’re welcome to grab a cup of coffee brewed from single-origin beans from Chiang Rai (priced from B70) and browse around the latest collections of Herman Miller work chairs and the new colors of Navy Chairs. During its soft-opening, designers with business cards or company tags will get a 40% discount on any purchase of coffee. Chanintr Work is located at Warehouse 26 in Soi Sukhumvit 26. It opens daily between 10am and 7pm.
After successfully launching Siri House, a multi-concept space dedicated to retail, art and epicurean pursuits, in the posh Singaporean neighborhood of Dempsey Hill, luxury property developer Sansiri has now opened the Bangkok version on Soi Somkid. Set in a 1950s house, it’s now the new hotspot for urbanites, offering an array of restaurants and drinking locales.