SC Exhibitions Magazine 2016 21 Hidden Treasures ers regard as the most fabulous retail venue de nos jours These shops function as an architectural element making the floor feel exclusive and brand new but are simulta neously aligned with the original concept of the Ideaopolis If you look closely every shop and restaurant has its own extraor dinary story and undeniably unique style Siam Center is known among locals as the hardest place to open your own brand It s not the case that you just need money to open a shop this might work elsewhere but not here Here you must see through the eyes of an entrepreneur We have our way of selecting which brand we want to feature at our mall But you have to be absolute Mrs Chadatip says That is to say your shop is the one and only shop to be opened at Siam Center and your products and designs have to align with the idea of Absolute Siam The shops host splendid designs both in their interior decoration and the products sold that simultaneously elicit and fully embody the character of Siam Center such As a magazine about exhibitions we asked Sam Nathapong to compile his personal recommendations for museums and galleries to visit Bangkok is a major centre for shopping and food but it also has a vibrant art scene In particular there are many hidden treasures in Bangkok s riverside area Charoen Krung that you don t want to miss Speedy Grandma Edgy Named after the legend of a ghostly old lady from the district Speedy Grandma is one of Bangkok s favourite independent art spaces and attracts the alt indie crowd It regularly showcases emerging local and international talent through photographic exhibitions film screenings and parties 672 50 52 Soi Charoenkrung 28 Bang Rak Opening Hours 1pm 9pm Wed Sun Tel 66 89 508 3859 speedygrandma com P Tendercool Founded by Belgians Pieter Compernol and Stephanie Grusenmeyer P Tendercool creates sleek bespoke furniture for some of the most discerning clients in the world using antique or reclaimed wood hand cast bronze brass or aluminium Visit their sublime atelier and check out first hand what Haute Manufacture really means or walk across to their New York style loft in a vintage warehouse by the Chao Phraya river The industrial architecture and the unique location alone are worth the visit 48 58 Soi Charoenkrung 30 Bang Rak Opening Hours 10am 6 30pm Mon Sat Tel 66 2 266 4344 ptendercool com en Atta Gallery Specialising in contemporary art jewellery Atta Gallery exhibits unique and minimalist wearable arts They also regularly hold minimalist jewellery exhibitions from many artists around the world Definitely worth a visit when you re walking along the riverside area 4 Soi Charoenkrung 36 Bang Rak Opening Hours 1pm 9pm Mon Sun Tel 662 234 6422 attagallery com Jam Factory The renowned Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag renovated this old warehouse turning it into an architectural office near the riverside It is the perfect combination of old and new where the pioneer spirit of industrial style can be found in the raw use of materials bare concrete walls metal and the original wooden structure that Mr Duangrit preferred to keep This building is often used as a space for exhibitions about architecture and the environment and also houses the sleek shop n resto cafe The Never Ending Summer Soon there will also be a restaurant on the deck where you can dine and enjoy the view over the Chao Phraya River 41 1 42 1 Charoen Nakorn Rd Khlong San Opening Hours 10am 8pm Mon Sun Tel 66 2 861 0960 4 dbalp com Soy Sauce Factory This bistro and art space focuses on photography exhibitions from various agencies representing big brands in Southeast Asia It s another hangout spot for artists living and working in the area where they can get together and find a direction they care about A great place for meeting new and interesting people it s impossible to show up there alone and end up hanging out by yourself 111 1 Soi Charoenkrung 24 Bang Rak Opening Hours 10am 7pm Mon Sat Tel 66 61 835 6824 fb com soysaucefactory Serindia Gallery This gallery focuses on Asian contemporary fine arts photography and cultural artefacts especially from the Himalayan region It s located in a 60 year old post colonial style home in the neighbourhood of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and behind the French Ambassador s residence O P Garden Soi Charoenkrung 36 Bang Rak Opening Hours 11am 7pm Tue Sun Mon by appointment Tel 66 2 238 6410 serindiagallery com Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center Newly opened and not far from the Grand Palace this gallery may not be great for networking or parties but they make up for it with culturally stunning artworks from both nationally and internationally famous artists in a vast masculine art space 84 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd Phranakorn Opening Hours 10am 7pm Tue Sun Tel 66 2 422 8827 fb com ratchadamnone Sp ee dy Gr an dm a as the successful brand from Thai designer Greyhound a boutique style shop selling minimalist clothing There is also Lalalove which sells designs for women with a little aggression inside while Kloset Etcetera is for sweet ladies who like cute handbags The most highlighted area however is The Won der Room an outlet that introduces the diverse work of Thai designers and exhibits their creations among other fashion designs The Wonder Room functions like a decom pression chamber in which new refreshing designs from Thai designers get their break you can find mini creative items or subtly embellished T shirts and various handmade accessories here Taking Flight Architecture wise Siam Center thrives as the cornerstone of retail space in Thailand It has lit up the spirit of Thailand s modern architecture and has continued to grow as the years have advanced and technology has emerged to the point that it has become central to our lifestyle Most famous Thai designers got their break at Siam Center it s your second home if you re serious about working in the fashion industry Many shops have been established there and continue to thrive Because Siam Center is the Ideaop olis endless contributions and inspiration is crucial In order to bring Thailand to the world stage we have to present something that feels breathtakingly new with the ability to wow people and that s what Siam Center is doing Mrs Chadatip says AS oy Sa uc e F ac tor y At ta Ga lle ry P T en de rco ol Ja m Fa cto ry Ra tch ad am no en Co nte m po rar y A rt Ce nte r Se rin dia Ga lle ry On siamcenter co th there s a full calendar of events at Siam Center And if you re preparing a trip to Bangkok visit bk asia city com the magazine that Sam Nathapong writes for it s a great and carefully curated city guide often including places off the beaten track

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