Bangkok Design Week 2022
After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Bangkok Design Week has made a comeback in 2022. As a space for creators and experts, this year’s festival aims to explore ideas for coexisting with COVID-19 and new ways to move forward. Bangkok Design Week 2022 is the fifth edition of the event series.
Under the theme “Co With Creation,” Bangkok Design Week 2022 is being held from February 5th to 13th, 2022. The nine-day festival features over 200 activities spread throughout five city districts. Visitors will get to enjoy the creative works from Bangkok’s best, as well as support local communities.
Five core themes
Packed with designs from creative artists spanning several disciplines, Bangkok Design Week will keep you updated on the latest industry trends and insights. From special talks and workshops to flea markets and showrooms, visitors will see Bangkok at its best. Designs are categorized as follows:
- “Co with Space” – designs that deal with new problems and emerging challenges
- “Co with Mental Health” – designs to alleviate hardships related to COVID-19
- “Co with Eco” – designs aimed at environmental stewardship
- “Co with Culture” – designs that capture the culture in new and refreshing ways
- “Co with Future” – designs based on modern technology for a better future
Five Creative Districts
During the festival, Bangkok’s five “Creative Districts” are filled with a variety of activities, business showcases, and networking opportunities, with each district organizing exhibits that express its unique cultural identity.
- Charoen Krung-Talat Noi
A mixture of tradition and modernity, the riverside district is recognized for its modern design showroom that manages to preserve its original architecture and pay homage to the local community. Major landmarks include the Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), the General Post Office, and Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem. Notable activities include:
- Jewelry (path)maker: TEN FINGERS – Commonly known as the “Jewelry Road,” the Surawong-Silom-Bangrak area once housed a jewelry factory. On this special occasion, five renowned designers join forces under Ten Fingers Factory and Design Co., Ltd. to showcase cutting-edge techniques.
Home to Chulalongkorn University, the area is trending as an up-and-coming learning center for creative work, supported by a number of research institutes. Sandwiched between them are some of Bangkok’s legendary street food vendors and eateries. Highlights include:
- BinGo! Samyan: TREASURE BY HUMANICE – Where traditional dishes meet modern chic menus, Samyan, Suan Luang, and Bantadthong invite everyone on a culinary journey. For a chance at discounts or complimentary food and beverages, visitors must play a district-wide game of street art bingo!
The district that never sleeps, Thonglor-Ekkamai is known as a gathering place for designers and creators, making it one of the trendiest areas in Bangkok. Though often overlooked by tourists, Thonglor-Ekkamai remains a favorite among expats and locals alike.
- 2022 ThongEk x Metaverse – Navigating the new normal, ThongEK joins forces with local businesses to explore the world of virtual reality. Learn the businesses of Thonglor-Ekkamai through NFT shops and virtual quests for secret items, while discovering new business opportunities in the metaverse.
Once a residential area for government officials, this chic neighborhood is among the city’s liveliest areas. Regarded as one of Bangkok’s most sustainable communities, the district radiates a sense of warmth that can’t be found anywhere else.
- AriCoin Kindness Exchange – The AriAround platform allows residents to dispose of waste in exchange for AriCoins, which can be redeemed for groceries, desserts, store discounts, or participate in activities with artists in the community.
- Phra Nakhon
The newest Creative District is Bangkok’s oldest district and the perfect destination for showcasing the capital’s origins. Brimming with creative design, the charm of Phra Nakhon’s traditions transcend time and trends. Historical landmarks within the area include Sanam Luang, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thammasat University, and Silpakorn University.
- Re-frontage shophouse: Urban Alley – Organized by the Everyday Architecture Studio, the activity intends to provide an alternative approach for improving buildings with modern lights. Instead of complete renovations, designers set out to redecorate storefronts and revitalize the district.
About Bangkok Design Week
Bangkok Design Week is organized by the Creative Economy Agency (Public Organization) or CEA, in collaboration with over 60 state agencies, public organizations, academia, and international institutions, as well as 2,000 designers and creative businesses.
Each year, the event draws an estimated 400,000 visitors at home and abroad, supporting Bangkok as part of the UNESCO Creative City Network and making it a tentpole event for local creators. Learn more at the Bangkok Design Week website.