Talent Thai at BIG + BIH October 2013

Friday, 25 October 2013

Innovative design and Thai flair are central themes of the latest edition of the Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair, attracting buyers from around the world looking to source the best lifestyle products for global markets.

The October shows at BITEC emphasised these themes with an excellent presentation of Thai lifestyle designs from up-and-coming designers under the Talent Thai 2013 project. Organised by the Thailand Institute of Design and Innovation Promotion, the Talent Thai 2013 pavilion showcased 42 brands with strong potential to be successful in local and international markets.

The pavilion was divided into two sections: the Now group, featuring designers with 1-3 years' experience in creating lifestyle products, and the Next group, featuring designers with 4-8 years’ experience in lifestyle product designs.

Many designers adopted an eco approach, using recycled materials, such as PiN designer Saruta Kiatparkpoom turning scrap metals into artistic creations that won a Design Excellence (DEmark) award, and Daddy's Girl designer Danaiya Konglapamnuay, who takes unwanted plastic from her father's foundry and turn them into colourful bags.

PiN designer Saruta Kiatparkpoom

Daddy's Girl bags by Danaiya Konglapamnuay
Thailand Institute of Design and Innovation Promotion is part of the Department of International Trade Promotion, Thai Ministry of Commerce. Its Thai designers promotion project is now in its tenth year, providing support for over 100 lifestyle designer brands with training in design and marketing to help them break into international markets.

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