Photography by Michael Freeman | text by Kim Inglis
280 x 260 mm
Hardback with Jacket; 192 pages
Pub Date: March 2016
BIC: WTL, WTH, AMV
A Talisman Book for Laurence King
Thai Style is known the world over for its graceful pavilion-style architecture, its elegant interior design approaches, and its ability to combine cultural traditions with craftsmanship. What is not so well known is how these forms have been updated in the last decade or so to produce a thoroughly contemporary Thai Style — one that merges ancient practices with modern fashions, graphics and technologies. This book seeks to showcase these forward-looking forms — be they in architecture, furniture design, art, interiors or landscaping. Featuring a number of carefully selected homes, resorts, hotels and residences from the north, through Bangkok to the islands in the south, New Thai Style is a cornucopia of all that is new and exciting in Thailand’s design scene. Established and emerging architects and designers, culture vultures and collectors, as well as some hot hoteliers lead the way with a 21st-century aesthetic, confident and contemporary, yet still distinctly Thai.
Michael Freeman is one of the world’s master photographers, working principally on documentary travel reportage but with a huge reputation and following as author and originator of the bestselling The Photographer’s Eye and many of the world’s most widely read and successful technical books on photography. In a long career, Michael’s work has been published in all major publications worldwide, including Time-Life, National Geographic, GEO and a three-decade relationship with the Smithsonian magazine. Much of his work has focused on Asia, beginning in the early days with Thailand, expanding outwards through other countries in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, with several books published on Angkor and other Khmer sites. Many of his 20 photographic books on interiors and architecture are classics of the genre, including Shaker, In the Oriental Style, China Style, Frank Lloyd Wright the Masterworks and Japan Modern.
Kim Inglis is a British writer and editor based in Singapore. She has edited a number of books about Thai architecture, design and culture, and has featured a number of Thai locations in books she has written on the Asian region. Known for her work on design, architecture, interiors, food, spa and lifestyle, recent books include Singapore: World City, Bali by Design and The Classic Collection: Heritage Hotels from East and West.