Rom Design Puts Thai Creatives Takarawong And Kanrapee Together In The 'Spotlight'
From the mind of Rom Sangkavatana and his design studio, Rom Design, comes a new project that is not only passionate about highlighting charismatic new Thai artists but pairing them together in such a way that pushes the boundaries of their creativity. Known as 'Spotlight', the project aims particularly to mismatch artists in a twofold: first, by selecting artists who are already known for mixing and matching in their work and then second, by coupling artists who work in different mediums. The result is a collaboration such as the one between cult fashion designer Takarawong and street photographer Kanrapee, on display now at Rom Design in Ari.
A Juxtaposition Of Juxtapositions
Speaking about the photographer first, Kanrapee Chokpaiboon is an internationally acclaimed Thai street photographer with an eye for catching the quirks and occasional irrationality of Thai culture. Within the selection of his photographs used for this collaboration with Takarawong, you'll find rampant juxtapositions, from hardness versus softness and wealth versus working-class to fearsome versus delight and more. These peculiar moments captured by the photographer served as inspiration for Takarawong's subsequent contribution to the project.
Using Kanrapee's flash photography, Takarawong, AKA Thakorn Wannawong, has done what he does best: streetwear that is rich in street culture and refined in its tailoring and materials—alas, yet another juxtaposition. Printing and collaging Kanrapee's work strategically on minimalistic, oversized garments, Thakorn creates the ultimate statement for Thai streetwear, with a true unisex appeal.
Catch the Spotlight pop-up exhibition from today until Saturday, November 30 at Rom Design, located at 50/8 Soi Ari 4 North, Phaholyothin Road. Exhibition hours are 10am-6pm. For more information, visit spotlightexhibition.com.