Author(s): Brian Mertens
Modern Thai design is attracting a global audience. Since democracy was established in 1992, local designers have worked hard to institute their own unique style in the fields of music, fashion, design, film, art and architecture. Design being one of the more prominent, it has gained huge media acclaim and won numerous international awards. "Bangkok Design" profiles 35 of the best Thai designers whose work represents an eclectic mix of their culture - using natural materials and fine craftsmanship - and their own unique, individual style. The book explores a wide variety of designs ranging from minimalist to modernist, as well as discussing design related concepts that deal with cultural identity and sustainability. "Bangkok Design" is an inspirational source book for interior designers and architects as well as an impressive coffee-table volume.
Brian Mertens is a Bangkok-based writer on Asian art and culture. Previously a resident of New York and Tokyo, he contributes to many international publications. In 1997 he was awarded the Citibank Prize for Excellence in Journalism. He co-authored Architecture of Thailand: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Forms. Robert McLeod is a Bangkok-based photographer whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, The New York Times Magazine, and Art & Antiques. Great-great grandson of the Victorian photographer Robert French, his work has been exhibited in New York, London, Tokyo, Sydney, Bangkok, and Vientiane.