I’m not usually one for visiting shopping centers on holiday, as retail has spread so widely across the world we see the same brands everywhere nowadays. But in Siam Discovery this theory completely falls by the waist side.
Siam Discovery is a centre that presents some of the most creative and unique expressions of design.
It makes each retail space glow with an energetic and innovative way of displaying product. Needless to say your attention is drawn in a thousand different directions so the idea of having a quick mooch around the shops doesn’t actually happen.
The main entrance is a minimalist white shell that has black cubes suspended across creating a dramatic three-dimensional space to walk through with mirrored ceilings.
We happened to arrive as Tom Dixon were launching a new collection, paparazzi were snapping away and people hopped about sipping on cocktails with an excitable energy in the air.
The space flows from one-retail area to another with divisions as dramatic or subtle as one can imagine, in some cases just new floor finishes meeting one another.
I love that design is experimented with ultimately pushing boundaries that I can’t say I’ve stumbled across in retail design in Britain.
Various artists’ works are scattered across the space, Chinese artist Liu Bolin designed this piece. The piece is called Without Head and is made using just resin.
Sustainable design ideas were also evident with refreshing old crates to create different seating styles.
Siam Discovery is determined to experiment, create and cultivate design and is currently ticking all of those boxes.
ROOM Concept Store had some imaginative ideas for utilizing space and would be very fitting in a trendy warehouse style flat.
The store itself left the users excited engaging with product just to get from one end of the space to another.
Even the stairs alone have sections that turn into seating areas; pockets for people to hang out and appreciate the uber cool setting they are in.
We had pad Thai at the food court; it took us forever to decide what to eat with the huge selection of food on offer.
Even the ladies toilet sign was cool, displayed as a full wall length neon silhouette of a lady.
There was also an exhibition made up entirely of black and white tape, turning tape into all sorts of products from sunglasses to shoes.
Not completely sure of the concept or meaning behind it, it was still rather interesting to see how materials can be applied to make up completely different objects.
I found Elle decorations new A-List Designers collection, which again was seriously inspirational. The use of materials and vibrant colours made my eyes light up.
Alexander Lamont: Agata Cabinet. (Insert heart eye emoji!)
Kenkoon: Shell Small.
Rose Series: Round Rock.
Yothaka: Yaya Chair.
We left feeling filled with new creative ambitions, exiting through a gigantic set of legs as one does.
We hopped in a Tuk Tuk displaying neon lights and ventured back to Khao San Road.
In need of manicures and pedicures we headed to Shewa Spa, a slightly upscale spa compared to some of the street-side options.
When I say upscale it was only £9 we paid for all our treatments! If you haven’t managed to get your self prepped before flying to Bangkok it’s well worth a visit.
After freshening up we headed out onto the chaotic Khao San Road for buckets of toxic alcohol. Khao San Road is a backpacker land full of partygoers.
Let’s just say the photos after a few of these buckets were less than pretty, the type one would pay millions of pounds to never be shared to the public.