The market for vintage homeware and furniture has been steadily on the rise internationally, and while Thailand itself was never colonised, nearby Myanmar was, which means Bangkok enjoys a brisk trade in pre-loved interior decor with Paul’s Antiques, the go-to for colonial Burmese furniture circa 1820-1940.
Opened in 1994, this much-loved, two-storey showroom sources, cleans and upcycles in their in-store workshop. Notable for good, well-built European craftsmanship, old Burmese furniture was principally made from teak, a once-plentiful, now-protected tropical hardwood from the rainforests of Indochina – so any pieces that cannot be rescued by Paul’s team of antique conservators are used to craft bespoke items.
Offering a varied selection of furniture as well as artwork and eclectic design items, there’s something to appeal to all tastes, from traditional collector’s items to eccentric one-offs. Art deco rocking chairs, antique looms and carved four-posted beds sit alongside colonial vanity tables, bookcases, glass-fronted cabinets and desks, as well as cultural conversation pieces like gilded and lacquered teak Buddhist monk’s chairs, carved naga (seven-headed serpent) balusters from North Thailand and delicate ceramic water pots adorned with Chinese dragons.
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