Bangkok's furniture shops and markets are often frequented by travelers for their fine craftsmanship and innovative designs. Thailand – together with Indonesia and Bali – has taken the lead with beautifully hand-crafted furniture and decorative items. Along with that, décor trends have increasingly been favoring Asian design and products, for their beauty, craftsmanship and because they are made from natural materials.

    The wide range of traditional furniture is not where the train stops though, as a new crop of Thai product design brands has helped propel the growth of contemporary design movements. A highlight is the innovative use and transformation of natural materials such as bamboo, rattan, para wood, teakwood, leather and water hyacinth into fabulous and functional contemporary pieces. If you're planning on redecorating your home, check out our guide to where to pick up some unique decor in Bangkok.


    Agal Décor

    Agal Décor in Bangkok manufactures Oriental-style furniture, bronze sculptures and religious paintings. Guided by its owner’s 4 decades of experience as an antique collector, the brand prides itself in its ability to reproduce antique and furniture pieces to match the originals. The style is both traditional and contemporary, inspired by Thai, Chinese, Burmese and Cambodian art.

    Location: Crystal Design Center (CDC) Building B, Floor 1, Room 101-102, 1412 Pradit Manutham Rd. Klong Chan, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10240, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)2 102 2015

    Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for bargain lovers in Bangkok. The 35-acre area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, though not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have 1 weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.

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    Location: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Friday from 6pm to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 9am to 6pm (small sections of the market are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6am to 6pm)


    Korakot International

    Korakot International is an excellent option if you're after statement pieces that feel larger than life and are truly unique in their form. Artist and product designer, Korakot Aromdee, recreates striking sculptural pieces using bamboo and the simple ‘tie-and-knot’ kite-making technique.

    Because the process is extremely time-consuming and requires highly skilled craftsmen, it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t find the same piece of work anywhere else in the world.

    Location: 335 Mu 10, Banlaem, Petchaburi 76110, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)89 698 7963


    Papaya Studio Bangkok is like no other shop you have even seen before. It's so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale! What kind of shop would do that?

    It occupies a warehouse in the suburbs of Bangkok. The entrance is small and resembles a workshop cluttered with junk and some workers chit-chatting while fixing unidentified pieces. This is a huge collection of rare antique items, from old electronics to life-sized Marvel statues.

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    Location: 55/2 Soi Lat Pharo, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 7pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 539 8220



    The story of water hyacinth furniture originates at Yothaka. Back in 1989, its product designers pioneered the use of water hyacinth in the manufacturing process to create furniture pieces the world had never seen before.

    Today, water hyacinth furniture is ubiquitous in the market, and the brand has diversified into other natural materials found locally, such as pineapple paper and yan lipao (a type of fern vine). It produces large furniture pieces as well as home accessories like placemats, straw baskets and photo frames – all exported to leading showrooms across the world.

    Location: Pong-Amorn Building, 3rd Floor, 1028/5 Rama 4 Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 679 8631



    Crafactor’s innovative products reflect its unwavering ‘crafts meet technology’ design philosophy. The brand is the industry leader in the art and science of fusing traditional materials, such as bamboo and rattan, with modern technology to produce stunning furniture pieces that feel organic yet serves functional purposes.

    Crafactor’s design is all about simple forms, yet filled with thoughtful handmade details. Its quality products are highly sought after by leading furniture showrooms in Thailand and across the world.

    Location: 1028/5 Pongamorn Building 4th Floor, Rama IV Rd, Thung Wat Don, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)2 679 9800



    OSISU fashions its products out of reclaimed materials from manufacturing processes and construction sites, such as teak scraps, tree roots and discarded chipboards. Taking an eco-friendly approach to furniture design, the thought-provoking design of each piece reflects the brand’s ability to push the limits of human imagination, whether in the underlying concept or final form. Combined with skilled carpentry and craftsmanship, Osisu’s pieces feel more like functional art than simple furniture.

    Location: Om Kret, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)2 968 1900

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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