In this Bangkok apartment, the team behind design studio Anonym shaped a classy interior for a stylish client
Every project that Thai studio Anonym works on is a new adventure. Developing a strong relationship with the client is part of the process, and the creative concept and design are landed upon after hours of discussion. Located in Thonglor, one of the most expensive areas in Bangkok, this 108-square-metre apartment exemplifies that experience.
The owner, a half-Thai half-German woman with a great sense of style, asked Anonym to renovate her dated flat. ‘We seek creative solutions that help our clients fulfil their dreams, achieve their goals and find their happiness,’ say Phongphat Ueasangkhomset and Parnduangjai Roojnawate, co-founders of Anonym, which was launched in 2016. One of their strengths is that the two designers have complementary skills: Usually more focused on the construction and exterior, Ueasangkhomset graduated from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and worked on high-rise residential and hospitality projects and large-scale office buildings in Bangkok and Singapore. More focused on interiors, Roojnawate studied interior architecture at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and a received a Master’s Degree in Paris. ‘Our design philosophy is based on the relationship between spaces, people and contexts,’ they say.
At the onset, one of the primary concerns was the lack of natural light in the living room due to the layout and narrow space. The Anonym team addressed this issue by removing a wall, which immediately creates a better flow to the whole apartment.
The main living area comprises an open kitchen and a living room, partly separated from the dining room by a room divider with a built-in television. On each end of the apartment is a bedroom with its own bathroom.
Several original features were preserved, including the wooden flooring, which was cleaned and polished, and the cabinet in the master bedroom, which was painted black. Taking into account the client’s love of monochrome and a more classic style, the designers recommended the use of white walls with mouldings, adding sophistication to the apartment. They created a black island in the kitchen, which complements several dark pieces of furniture. Gold accessories and lighting add touches of radiance and grandeur. Most elements were custom-made or are from local designers and furniture-makers, such as the sofa by Studio128.
The use of different materials and a restrained colour palette bring harmony to the apartment. The main goal was to achieve ‘simple and luxurious at the same time,’ the duo explains.
Interested in creating both emotions and experiences, Ueasangkhomset and Roojnawate didn’t choose the name of their studio by chance. With Anonym, they invite everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do, to come together for the project at hand.
Text / Karine Monié
Images / Chaovarith Poonphol