Local craft traditions on show

Thai rattan craftsmanship takes centre stage during "Project Rattan" which is running at Room 342-343 on the 3rd floor of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24.

Presented by Enter Projects Asia, the exhibition showcases furniture made from natural, local materials -- Thai hardwood, local black slate, bamboo and most notably, rattan, which is a craft that was developed over centuries by villagers in the northern and southern provinces of Thailand.

Having worked directly with the village craftsmen, founder of Enter Projects Asia Patrick Keane felt a responsibility to preserve the history of this Thai traditional art. In doing so, he has helped support the local economy as well as protect the environment.

In a market that is saturated with cheaper, inferior and imported plastic products, Project Rattan is building a bridge for designers to connect with local craftsmen and factory workers of rattan and bamboo.

By fusing high-tech digital design and low-tech hand-made furniture, the project brings beautiful, bespoke furniture that is ethically made, toxic-free and custom-designed for a discerning international market.

Stories about Project Rattan have been published in nine countries with critical acclaim from industry titles such as Interior Design, a magazine from New York; Wallpaper, a UK magazine; and AD, a Russian magazine.

The exhibition is open for public viewing daily from 11am to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 8pm on weekends and holidays. There is no admission fee.

The exhibition features traditional rattan products. photo courtesy of River City Bangkok

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