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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The new business model: Authenticity - The Importance of Design and how it can make you rich financially and psychologically.

There is a new class of tourist that demands ultra-luxury…even if that means roughing it a bit.  The bottom line? Authenticity and attention to detail. 
More and more luxury homes and resorts are appearing along are coasts  around the world - the main goal?  An approach to sustainability, stunningly authentic design, and an approach to a holistic luxury lifestyle living based on health and happiness. 

Often times when it comes to luxury lifestyle - the luxury comes ironically from the simplicity. Architecture and Interiors that are consist of Clean lines,  void of clutter with hyper attention to materiality, detail of execution and spacious layout are being traded for "Neoclassical-Colonial" style designs of the older times Ritz style hotels.
Biggest design philosophy? Keep it simple. "People go on vacation so they don't have to deal with clutter and mess. They want to download their mind."



Design tip #1 - Keep it simple - less is more. A good book, a bottle of wine and some time talking with friends and family are what people are really looking for in a world of technology and hyper pressurized business deals. 





Define your intentions - if a bathroom is purely to wash, design it that way. If it is going to have a spa like affect and have ability to be a sanctuary and a meditatative space emphasize those qualities. Light, space and scale - things not always associated with bathrooms - can be critical way to add luxury simply by the fact that typically urban design environments don't allow for such spacial freedoms.

Light and texture combined with materiality can be the most important element in open air tropical design.  Cooler evening temperatures and architecture designed with cross breeze in mind provide an option for a few rooms to be Air Conditioning free. 

Find a good precedent for your design - there is plenty of room for creativity, but don't try to reinvent the wheel when there are so many incredible existing projects to borrow quality ideas from and maybe even improve on. 



Sometimes the most exotic feeling is when there is little to no design at all - open air is a critical concept. 

Views and proximity to water is the ultimate luxury - even if that means building perilously close to the seashore or waters edge. 

Nature is the best inspiration - keep the color for Pop art in your urban residence - the ocean villa can be very spartan. 

Keep color to a minimum - only use it on elements that can be changed out in the future such as accessories and pillows etc. 


Keep it natural - often the best patina's are on wood, stone and woven natural materials. 

Landscape is everything - it is the art and focal point of the entire experience. 

Often times when it comes to luxury lifestyle - the luxury comes ironically from the simplicity. Architecture and Interiors that are consist of Clean lines,  void of clutter with hyper attention to materiality, detail of execution and spacious layout are being traded for "Neoclassical-Colonial" style designs of the older times Ritz style hotels.
Rule 1. Location
Rule 2. Maximize Light
Rule 3. Simplify - simply everything - even if you are a designer, hire professionals for the things you don't know. They can save you time, headache and money. Areas such as Landscape is often critical - find a local who you can trust and who can help you. 
Rule 4. Create a language. Texture, Light, and Detail. 
Rule 5. Authenticity matters - what is your intention?
Rule 6. Find precedents - you aren't the first person designing a vacation villa or retreat. What exists and how can you improve upon it. 
Rule 7. Remember the concept that time is often the biggest luxury for the ultra wealthy who have everything - they will never have enough time. Efficiency, minimize clutter, make life effortless but still interesting and even challenging. 

From technology to real-estate, design is becoming more and more important - Steve Jobs ratified the cell phone experience with his insistence there be only one button - this concept led to a device with infinite "buttons" as we now have an app for every conceived act. Conversely, design has come full circle, few feel it necessary to have a Versailles style home regardless of their net worth - what matters in design now is defining a specific aesthetic but working closely with professionals to make sure it is executed in a precise and sophisticated manner with exacting attention to detail. Regardless of budget and lavishness - the ultimate luxury is time. Whether waiting for construction to finalize or decorating a ocean side bungalow - simplify.  - Ecomanta 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bangkok Art and Culture Center Shines Light on: Inson Wongsam Thailand's Red Hot Art Alchemy of Gold and Diamonds

Inson Wongsam, internationally acclaimed artist has a Retrospective at the BACC with over 50,000 sq ft of his art on 5 floors.


Internationally acclaimed artist, Inson Wongsam artwork can be seen at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Inson Wongsam has had art exhibitions in 9 countries around the world in Europe, Africa, USA, and throughout Asia.
Inson Wood, the architect son of Inson Wongsam takes us on a tour of the Legendary Thai artist whose journey from Bangkok to Paris, shaped his world view. All photos by award winning photographer for Architecture Digest and Rizzoli Masseria,  Mark Roskams.

Inson Wongsam artwork can be seen at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam is having a retrospective at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wood and his father, Inson Wongsam, at opening day of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.


Inson Wood and his father, Inson Wongsam, at opening day of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.


Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.


Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
The Ambassador of Italy, Franceso Saverio Nisio, emphasizing the importance of art and culture in Italy and the collaboration of Thai and Italian Artists including my father, Inson Wongsam, who was encouraged to travel to Italy via motorcycle by his Italian art professor to see the works of Michelangelo and Davinci.
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Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
Thailands leading Modern Abstract Artist, with Top Art Collector and Philantrhopist, Petch Osathanugrah, and Master Japanese Artist Professor, Eiji Sumi on opening night at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. The enormous space was filled with over 1000 guests and Ambassadors and Diplomats from 5 countries.




Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.



Navin of Navin Land,  made Thailand's top Artist, Inson Wongsam, the focal point of one of his art shows that travelled to Venice Bienale.




Art by Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist.

Inson Wongsam is Thailands top abstract artist.

Inson Wongsam, Thailands top artist - known throughout the world for his epic journey. 

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's leading modern artist, (far right) is being considered by the Guggenheim to showcase his artwork.

Thailand has long been known for its outstanding traditional art and architecture, foremost its golden Buddhas. Now with the work of Internationally Acclaimed Thai Artist, Inson Wongsam, Thailand is on the way to becoming a premier destination for art collectors and gallery curators seeking new visions of the modern art world through an exotic Asian Lens. 
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Top 10 things to see in Bangkok, Grand Palace and the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Thailands top Artist, Inson Wongsam, was hailed as a visionary at his opening show in Bangkok Thursday night at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Over 1000 VIP guests arrived for the opening ceremony of "The Autonomous Spirit" a 50 year Retrospective of Internationally Acclaimed Artist Inson Wongsam.  In attendance were notables such as tthe Ambassador to Italy, Francesco Saverio Nisio and Architect Designer, Inson Wood, who both gave opening remarks. Inson Wongsam's wife, Venetia Walkey, a United Nations Peace Prize recipient also gave a heartfelt speech reviewing the artists career and life spanning 6 decades and 11 countries from India to France then New York City to Japan, China and Thailand.
It was more than 50 years ago that legendary Internationally acclaimed artist, Inson Wongsam, set out on a motorcycle to find himself in the art of European Masters and Abstract artist - pursuing abstract art exploration and never returning to representational art again. 
At 24, the young Northern artist-adventurer travelled on his motorcycle from Chiangmai, Thailand heading west to India and then faraway destinations throughout Europe to broaden his art experiences. Exhibitions along the way at nearly every major University in Delhi, Bombay, Karachi, Instanbul, Bagdad, and a stop in Corfu before going on to Rome and Paris. His travels have been recorded by other artists fascinated  with meetings with artists-critics from different cultures have encouraged him, this energetic Thai sculptor who natural talent and genius exudes creativity, to excel in his unyielding pursuit of abstract works of art to such an extent that he has had shows in 9 countries with little to no Public Relations agent.  Travelling back to the homeland, the determined artist brought back 12 years of art experience in New York City - and proceeded to live without technology for 3 years living nearly a serene version of Apocolypse Now,  with Hill Tribe People in an open air Bungalow with a chicken as his alarm clock and the river as his water source. With the spirit of a creator who explores and revisits his native land, Inson Wongsam has mingled local culture of the Northern Thai and his hyper modern experiences in Paris, New York and Tokyo to create a hybrid futuristic yet almost neo -primitive Abstract art that seeks harmonious interaction between minimal technology ( he does own a cel phone and laptop ) mixed with an appreciation of his artist retreat in Northern Thailand which is a virtual garden of Eden - planted with Mango, Papaya, Leechy, Garlic, Pomegranite, and a series of stunningly beautiful lotus and orchid gardens among which 12 scenic traditional Lanna Thai houses reside in solid Teakwood hidden amongst the lush gardens and forest he personally planted. 
Inson Wongsam: The Autonomous Spirit features over 1000 works including sculptural pieces (1974-now), woodprints (1999-now), and the recent paintings (201- 2present). His works usually reveal uniqueness in relation to the depth of human mind. The exhibition also includes another significant series of sculptures such as "Huay Fai" (1974-1977) which was created from the huge stumps of teakwood trees unfolds the yearning for the purity abides in nature that instigates the community to concern with the loss of trees and forests; miniatures of "Sculptures Under the Sea" (1968-1974), a series of metallic sculptures that suggests the awareness of environmental problems and natural crises are. Some pieces belonging to the series will be fully expressed through a piece of Video art by Jirasak Saengpolsith, Thai contemporary artist; and there is also a set of reassemble sculptures (1997-now), which assembles distinctive pieces of wood with dowel joints that can be adjustable. 
The seminal artist who can intertwine the local principles and weave past, present and future cultures into his abstract art seen through a matrix of  Western art influences from Brancusi to Giacometti and Michelangelo to Davinci - Inson Wongsam bears the distinctive characteristic rarely seen in todays world of copy paste Pop Art. His legend has inspired young artists around the world, who come to visit his mecca of an art studio -  specifically Thai artitst, Wachara Kanha, who was compelled to create biographical documentary about Inson Wongsam's life, quest, and his self-discovery which has left indelible scars and inspired generations with history of this outstanding and visionary Thai artist who has made Thailand proud to be able to say that its country has created a truly international artist, in the work and spirit of Inson Wongsam. Inson Wongsam is being considered by the prestigious Guggenheim Museum to be part of their next artists from around the world exhibit. 
Guest curator: Tuksina Pipitkul
Invited Artists: Jirasak Saengpolsith and Wachara Kanha 
An exhibition by BACC exhibition dept.
For more information, please contact email: exhibition@bacc.or.th
- See more at: http://en.bacc.or.th/event/Inson-Wongsam--The-Autonomous-Spirit.html#sthash.2BDzygzz.dpufhttp://en.bacc.or.th/event/Inson-Wongsam--The-Autonomous-Spirit.html