Country style Thai furniture used in our projects

Nim has been prowling markets looking for  this type of furniture for twenty years, but the bulk of her pieces, shown below, she acquired about four to six years ago at places like Chatuchak Sunday market, roadside shops on outer Soi 71, fire sales, and upcountry, mainly in Korat province. Oddly, many village Thai would prefer factory made things which seem more stylish to them, wood implements and houses suggesting poverty and low status. Most of the larger items — old village style beds (with “secret compartments” for valuables, two examples in the following loft apartment listing below), wardrobes, bookcases, silversmith benches, could be had for prices on the order of $100 US. Smaller items –doors and windows, mirrors, even some fine pieces of temple art — were sold in the market for a few hundred baht, but they are increasingly hard to find as the perception of the value of old “junk” changes.

Most of these photos were shot in our Jim Thompson-style Thai house on Ekamai and our new project on Sukhumvit Soi 18, both of which we expect will be available for rental in 2012.

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