Bangkok Design Week 2023, the celebrated event that showcases Thai creativity and design excellence, recently marked its sixth year with a resounding success. The week-long festival, which spanned from February 4-12, once again captured the vibrant and dynamic spirit of the city by presenting an array of innovative ideas across nine of Bangkok’s creative economic districts.
This year’s edition was centered on the theme of “urban’NICE’zation,” an aptly chosen subject given the challenges facing megacities in a rapidly changing world. The festival provided a forum for exchanging ideas on city development, with a focus on human-centric city planning that seeks to balance economic growth with quality of life and environmental sustainability.
As Bangkok continues to evolve into a megacity, it is critical that city planners and designers prioritise the well-being of its inhabitants by promoting livable spaces that reflect the unique cultural identity of the city. Against this backdrop, Bangkok Design Week 2023 emerged as a valuable platform for showcasing experimental ideas that tackled social and business issues related to the city.
The festival was a true celebration of creativity and innovation, spanning the different districts of Charoenkrung – Talad Noi, Yaowarat, Samyan – Siam, Ari – Pradipat, Phra Nakhon – Pak Khlong Talat – Nang Loeng, Wongwian Yai – Talat Phlu – Khlong San, Bang Pho, Phrom Phong, and Kaset. From thought-provoking installations to interactive exhibits, Bangkok Design Week 2023 was a testament to the power of design in shaping the future of cities.
BDW 2023 Video Recap by Iko In
Catch a glimpse of this exciting event in this inspiring video by Iko In:
Here are more noteworthy highlights…
BANGPHO WOOD STREET: Old Meets Future
Projection mapping artist ASITNAHC (Chantisa) has visited Bangpho Street several times and has finally understood why this place is so beloved by the community. She hopes her work will resurrect these beautiful memories of the Shrine for visitors.
URBAN ALLY X คณะมัณฑนศิลป์: Creator In Residence
For this showcase at Bangkok Design Week, creators were immersed in the cultural capital of Phra Nakhon neighborhood so that they may create pieces in collaboration with locals and that are friendly to the community.
WASTE IS MORE
Discover ways to see waste as renewable and no longer worthless. Eight designers, each with a unique take on overlooked waste, use material innovation to create fresh results. We aim to create a more sustainable world by considering both the quality of human life and the environment.
MAGICAL REALISM :“TALAT PHLU NFT” BY FREE CITY x Young Thon
This exhibition that presents digital art of the watercolor paintings of Mr. Peerawat Buranapong (one of member TALADPHLU doodee active citizen group) into the form of digital assets NFTs in order to support the community tourism activities in TALAD PHLU. In this Collection, TALAT PHLU NFT, the owner will be able to redeem special privileges in other activities in the Bangkok Design Week Talua phlu event such as workshops, etc.
SCENE OF LIGHT – SCENE OF LIFE TO VIVID NANG LOENG
Nang Loeng community is famous for a community of source of cultures, art and food. This exhibit showcases how lighting design can enhance and reinforce the identity of workspaces and designs created by architects and designers, presenting them as a museum exhibit that invites the general public to connect with the people of Nang Loeng community.
Encounter more design inspirations at https://www.bangkokdesignweek.com/