HBL Tradeshows: Live from Bangkok International Gift and Homewares Fair

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Peakchan Company at BIG+BIH 2011
WGSN-homebuildlife reports live from the Bangkok International Gifts and Houseware Fair (BIG+BIH), highlighting three emerging trends from the show.

The ‘Pah Kao Mah’: A pattern otherwise known as the traditional Thai checked loin cloth comes to the fore. The effect of colour and pattern in different sizes is widely seen on furniture upholstery, soft furnishings such as cushions, woven lampshades and shoulder bags. Colours are strong, ranging from fluorescent tones to deep exotic purple and fuchsia as well as bright solid colours such as red, orange and blue, often used together with white, grey and black to create contrast.

Organic form rattan: Classic, straightforward wicker weave pattern is used to create 3D forms that imitate organic forms and structures. Finishes are in muted and subdued earth tones, and natural colours in matt finishes. Technique is widely used in large scale furniture or lighting, and for some small home accessories such as vases and fragrance containers.

Pebbles and stones: Pebble stones are used mainly as tabletop accessories and floor decorations as well as combining with other materials such as jute to create rugs. Imitations of the stone and pebble finishes are seen in bathroom accessories, soaps and home fragrances. The sizes are irregular and sometimes used for complementing other table top products such as bowls and vases in ceramic. Warm, neutral tone colour combinations create a raw yet soft look.

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