Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Pisamai Laodara has been supplying trendy properties as a freelance film producer for more than a decade and has meanwhile collected loads of second-hand vintage fashion gear and decor items.
Ten years ago she turned her hobby into a business by opening the Kenya boutique at Chatuchak Weekend Market, then stretched out to the Baiyok Tower. Her products include antique jewellery, vintage clothing and beautiful bags made from old printed textiles from Japan.
The praise from customers has prompted Pisamai to launch a new label, Junk Garage, for a line of old-fashioned wooden furniture. She's renovated a bar in a residential area on Kaset Nawamin Road in Bangkok to display her second-hand Scandinavian-style furniture, home decor, tableware and other collectible items.
"I know many suppliers of used vintage wooden furniture because I've worked in film production for so long," Pisamai says.
Influenced by fashions of the 1960s and '70s, she's zeroed in mainly on European imports in solid pine and ash. They're simple and functional in design and come in natural shades. You'll love the coffee and dining tables, drawers, cabinets, leather lounge chairs, canvas sofas, stools, armchairs and mirrors.
"Scandinavian-style furniture is light and compact," she says.
Among the Asian wares are durable teak tables and drawers from local markets, refined rattan chairs with high backs, and coffee tables direct from Indonesia.
You can find great old wall clocks and enamelled lamps in several designs, vintage telephones, ceramic teacups, sunglasses, gold lighters, sculptures, speakers, colourful partitions, black and white TVs, enamel jars and teapots with cartoon motifs and much more.
If you're weary of strolling, grab a snack and a beverage in a coffee corner.
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