Bangkok’s Creative Turn
On the banks of the Chao Phraya at the fringe of Bangkok’s Chinatown,T+L tracks down three creative havens worth traveling to. by lara day
Rough teakwood-planked floors and a soaring gabled ceiling are the backdrop to the paintings on show at Warp Studio 54. While the focus is on Belgian artist-owner Christian Develter’s vivid, large-scale portraits, the space also plays host to pop-up events, such as a recent dance tribute to French writer Jean Genet. By appointment; Charoen Krung Soi 30;+66 81 867 5002; warp54.com.
Linking history with contemporary design, the beautifully hand-crafted tables at P. Tendercool, a slick industrial showroom reminiscent of New York City loft space, are fashioned from materials like sand-cast bronze and antique-wood slabs. Don’t worry about shipping—the owners will arrange it for you. By appointment; 48-58 Charoen Krung Soi 30; ptendercool.com; +66 2 266 4344.
Ready for an alfresco sundowner? Head to hip new riverfront bar Viva & Aviv, where the ever-changing cocktails are an exercise in sophisticated whimsy. A recent standout: Tea Time in Mexico, a blend of chamomile tequila, Earl Grey, saffron, palm sugar, lemon and bitters— indulgently paired with a slice of Indian fudge. Ground floor, River City, Charoen Krung Soi 30; vivaaviv.com; +66 2 639 630.