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This New Book Is a Must-Read for Design Lovers

A stylish addition to any coffee table, this beautifully shot publication showcases Thai architecture at its finest.

Published on Nov 19, 2015


Whether you're a Thai architecture buff or just enjoy ogling gorgeous resorts you may one day visit, the photography in A Tradition of Serenity: The Tropical Houses of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu (Rizzoli New York; Bt2,500), showcasing the work of lauded Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, will set you daydreaming. François Halard, who has been a regular contributing photographer for Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and House & Garden for 30 years, shot the 250 color photographs in the glossy volume. Ong-ard channels his Lanna background in all of his designs. Many are of his resorts are set in beautiful buildings made to look like a restored heritage site, use reclaimed materials from ancient edifices, or leverage old-style construction techniques like Tamarind Residences in Chiang Mai with its bamboo archway, timber beams and thin clay roof tiles.

Ong-ard house
The Tropical House of Ong-ard. François Halard.

Flipping through the book is at once calming and inspiring: a visual reflection of how classic Thai architecture has captured the global imagination. Available on or message



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A Tradition of Serenity
  • The Tropical House of Ong-ard. François Halard.
  • The Tropical House of Ong-ard. François Halard
  • The Tropical House of Ong-ard. François Halard.
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