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"Craft lives"

        The designs of Suwan Kongkhunthian are elegant yet superbly comfortable pieces of woven furniture that put you in touch with sensuous materials and a not-yet-extinct era of loving craftsmanship.


          Suwan Kongkhunthian: Craft Lives is the first book to explore this Thai designer’s greatly admired contemporary creations and thinking in depth. Some 143 photographs and sketches illustrate his signature designs and the influences behind them.


           Suwan tells his own inspirational story to show how today’s designers can revitalize their work by channeling the powers of traditional culture and craft. During the past three decades, Suwan Kongkhunthian’s classic furniture designs for Yothaka have influenced the look and feel of spas, resorts, hotels and homes throughout Southeast Asia and the world, thanks to his fresh approaches to woven construction and innovative use of materials.


Suwan Kongkhunthian



Ratthee Phaisanchotsiri



Brian Mertens



Kanittha Siriyong


Art Direction 

Suwan Kongkhunthian

Teerapoj Teeropas


Editorial Design 

Suwan Kongkhunthian

Teerapoj Teeropas


Project Coordinator

Issaraphap Design Co., Ltd.


Production Editing

Sirisak Chanthorn



Suwan Kongkhunthian


Issaraphap Design Co. Team

Nichepak Torsutkanok 

Ratthee Phaisanchotsiri

Teerapoj Teeropas

Wanus Choketaweesak


Printing and Binding

Parbpim Co., Ltd., Thailand

ISBN: 978-616-565-656-6

No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any form or manner whatsoever without prior written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in a critical article or review.

©2020 by

Suwan Kongkhunthian and Issaraphap Design Co., Ltd.

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