Enter Projects Asia weaves rattan sculptures through Spice & Barley restaurant in Bangkok
Architecture studio Enter Projects Asia has created a design installation for the Spice & Barley gastro lounge in Bangkok using rattan sculptures and gold hues to fuse Thai tradition with modern design.
Enter Project Asia, which is based in Phuket, Thailand, used 3D-modelling to create large sculptures that weave through the 300 square-metres space at the Riverside resort.
These were made from rattan, a type of climbing plant with a flexible woody stem, and reach 30 metres from the floor to the ceiling.
The sculptures were painted gold in a nod to Thailand's gilded temples, and also fill a practical function as they hide the beer pipes, air conditioning and other related services.
Spice and Barley's location also played a role in the design of the rattan columns, which mimic nearby skyscrapers.
"The site overlooks the Chao Priya River and the natural rattan structures act as twin towers, referencing the high rise towers in the backdrop," the studio said.
"The vast geometries flood the ceiling in an uninterrupted balustrade of twists and turns which bounce the light and become a beacon from far away."
Enter Projects Asia chose to work with rattan as it wanted to "bring arts and crafts to a mainstream application," Keane said.
"Many rattan factories are at the brink of extinction due to the rise of importation of inferior plastic products. This project saved two rattan factories from closing down," he added.
"Rattan is incredibly sustainable – it is a renewable material and found in abundance across South East Asia. It is a natural product and gives the space an essence of Thai tradition fused with modern design."