The Culture of Design

taiwan culture
by gaspar

Thai Craftsmanship Is Always Avant-Garde

Nothing more perfectly symbolizes the emotions, philosophies, ideology, religion and overall culture of a nation or a people than the designs used in their homes, their clothing, their transportation, their gardens, and their lives. The people of Thailand have long enjoyed a rich heritage of dually beautiful design styles, vacillating between the simple, earth inspired lines of furniture or pottery, to the more elaborate and intricate complex designs found in their stonework, carvings and fabric arts. While they are steeped in a long, and well-respected tradition of fine work by talented artisans, they are not bogged down in the ancient. This sort of modern outlook on design while continuing to create objects by hand has created a unique design culture where the craftsmanship put into the making of the finished piece is as important as its appearance.

We see great examples of this sort of designer craftsmanship every day. Our company, Exclusive Thai Décor is always traveling throughout the country of Thailand to locate new artisans. We examine their wares and their techniques. If the work is stylish, the pieces are beautifully crafted and the look is as easy to imagine in a New York City loft, a Paris hotel or an oceanfront Condo on the Pacific coast, then we begin negotiations to carry their wares in our inventory. The result is that now, we have an extensive inventory of extraordinary Thai artisan-wrought goods for sale on the open market thanks to the Internet. Working with us, these artists and artisans are finding they now have an opportunity beyond the local market. Their works are being bought and finding they are decorative and functional for people all over the world.

The culture of design in Thailand, as in most any country, revolves around the three basic elements: function, form and color. If these elements are combined to create a beautifully formed object that serves a useful function and is decorative and attractive, it goes beyond being merely utilitarian, and is more useful than art for art’s sake. This is the goal of the craftsman and woman. To create great works of art that can provide usefulness and style in any setting.

Just thinking through a few of the many treasures we’ve found and made part of our inventory, I came up with a pair of examples that illustrate this design culture ideology. First, think about the mango wood vases and urns that have been treated with layers of iridescent color until they more closely resemble blown glass or luminously glazed pottery. The form is beautiful, they provide a useful purpose and they enhance our lives by being beautiful.

The other item in our inventory that illustrates the design culture of Thailand is the silk pillow cover. Each of this is hand woven and sewn with care to create a colorful collage of hues and textures to add vibrant life to a décor. They take on the form of the pillow, they provide a cover to protect that pillow (function) and they are beautiful splashes of life in a dull room.

I strongly suspect that the same three elements combine to be driving forces in the design culture’s of all nations and in every possible area of design work. To see some of our beautiful examples of Thai design culture, why not visit our website at today and discover the ways form/function/beauty all work together to create treasures for your décor.