One-Stop Bloom Spot
Sakul Intakul and the Museum of Floral Culture
To call Sakul Intakul a florist would be like calling Pierre Gagnaire a cook. As Thailand's preeminent floral artist and designer, Intakul's work has graced the tables of the Thai Royal family, as well as state banquets and corporate work that has taken him as far afield as India and Rome with his signature contemporary designs that meld traditional Thai and foreign flowers with ultra-modern presentation.
This August saw the designer's long-term dream realised with the opening of The Museum of Floral Culture in a beautiful 100-year-old, turn-of-the-century golden teak, colonial-style villa in the Dusit area of Bangkok, complete with an impeccably manicured garden brimming with osmanthus, orchids, ginger, jasmine and gardenia.
The 1800 sqm museum houses six modest galleries, each devoted to an individual aspect of floral artistry – the Dusit Gallery houses vintage photographs from the National Archives; the World of Floral Culture spotlights the extraordinary and diverse range of flower power from Bali to India, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Tibet and beyond; the Heritage of Thai Floral Culture 1 and 2 feature intricate petal art and weaving and banana leaf designs respectively; while Pen, Pencil & Possibility showcases many of Intakul's fascinating works including the state banquet held for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th anniversary in 2006.
With a cute shop shelving contemporary vases and ceramics, and the lovely alfresco Dok Mai Salon du The serving fragrant teas and infusions, it's a one stop bloom spot.