Lovers of fabrics, fine interiors and fabulousness should beeline for Jim Thompson in Bangkok. The Thai homewares label has a heritage space to die for – teaky-chic The Jim Thompson House – and a fascinating back story. Dubbed the “King of Silk”, American entrepreneur Thompson pioneered the luxe silk trade in Thailand, before mysteriously disappearing in the 60s in the Malaysian highlands. His trad abovementioned home is now a museum, but his legacy lives on in the Thai-inspired lifestyle brand he loved.
Recently, the trendsetting silk purveyor has refurbed its flagship Surawong showroom. Skip through the unchanged lower two floors, which sell souvenir-friendly scarves and neck ties, to the dramatically madeover third and fourth storeys where cool marble surfaces showcase elegant room sets of sofas, cushions and curtains. The star attraction is the contemporary ‘No.9’ range of fabrics by Brit designer Richard Smith (only textiles are available to purchase). Don’t miss 2017’s newest line the ‘Leo de Janeiro’ linens, including Sino lion, menagerie and heliconia prints.
Shop then dine at JT’s newly unveiled resto Bombyx
(meaning silkworm) at Siam Paragon mall, a gorgeous setting for its exquisite decor, mod-Thai food (spicy tuna salad and Massaman curry) and rotating art displays. A rich and moody cocoon, the dimly lit eatery is hung with wave-like fabrics and art by Ithipol Thanchalok, and boasts a dark angled cocktail bar. Here’s to you, Jim!
/ 9 Surawong Rd / +66 2 632 8100 / 9am-9pm daily / + branch / jimthompson.com
/ Siam Paragon / Rama I Rd / 10am-10pm daily / jimthompsonbombyx.com