Style Bangkok Fair is a good opportunity to look at the state of the art of design made in Thailand. Resulting from the merging of three separate trade fairs, BIFF & BIL dedicated to leather goods, BIG + BIH specializing in tableware, home and gift items, and TIFF, the furniture fair, Style Bangkok delivers the best of Thai creativity and design.
As explained by Vannapurna Ketudat, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Style Bangkok Fair was conceived by listening to the demands of the buyers who visited it. Operators are increasingly interested in a show which encompasses, in the same place and on the same days, everything that surrounds us and creates our personal lifestyle: accessories, clothing and leather goods, furnishings and furniture, household goods, tableware and gifts.
The October 2018 edition of Style Bangkok Fair involved over 1,000 companies and about 2,000 small artisans exhibiting, and attracted about 50,000 visitors from 80 countries. The trade show is divided by product sectors and special sections to promote local creativity. The works are based both on the processing of fine materials such as silk, and on the recycling and creative reuse of materials coming from agriculture, a crucial field for the Thai economy.
The T Style section, with DEWA (Design from Waste Agricolture), for example, showcases furniture and fashion accessories made from agricultural waste: clutches made from teak leaves, stools made from rice straw and resin as a glue, and wooden accessories, for a perfect Thai style.
Moreover, under the artistic direction of Japanese designer Atsushi Koike, the Ministry of Commerce and DITP promotes the collection T Style – Eco Commercial Design, including products made from agricultural waste recycling, to support a culture of more conscious and sustainable consumption.
Thailand actively encourages sustainability, recycling and conscious consumption, with extensive programs to improve the quality of design of artisan products. Different sections of Style Bangkok Fair include SMEs, artisans and designers who deliver high creativity, achieving excellent quality in the workmanship of their products made in Thailand.
Finally, The Residence, by François Russo, blends objects and designs the space of a home furnished almost exclusively with furniture made in Thailand, creating “conversations” between objects. The resulting space is wide and comfortable, with living areas, closets and bedroom areas with a fusion atmosphere