In the heart of Bangkok's Central World shopping complex, a new café is designed like an exhibition space to offer patrons a delightfully dynamic atmosphere where they can also enjoy a range of artworks, furniture and homeware
Restaurants which seemingly double up as art galleries are all the rage in the F&B business across the world. In Hong Kong, successful examples include the recently-opened Jamie's Italian in Causeway Bay (Perspective, November 2014) and Bibo in Sheung Wan (Perspective, July 2014), where murals and art installations imbue the spaces with their own unique character.
A thousand miles away in Bangkok, Livingetc — a new café located at Central World, one of the capital's thriving shopping malls — rides the new design wave with aplomb. Co-created by design studios Pye and Areeya, Pye's managing principal, Kuldej Sinthawanarong, describes Livingetc's design as primarily derived from the concept of "seamlessly inserting installation art to create an ambiances that allow one to feel at home".
In a well laid-out space of 2,000 sq-ft, vintage furniture, objets d'art, unique design fixtures especially bought for the café, and a selection of international books and fragrances scattered tastefully around different zones. Interestingly, to ensure a sense of connectivity throughout, the golden ratio of 'phi' was adopted. A common mathematical ratio found in nature, phi can be used to create pleasing, natural looking compositions in the design — at Livingetc, nine zones are composed into a fun and restfully comfortable space.This is a preview of the "Something for everyone” article from the December 2014 issue of Perspective magazine.