The Spice & Barley at Riverside in Bangkok interior installation was completed by Enter Projects Asia. Minor International were clear on their brief: to introduce innovation and eco-awareness, giving the new brand a local context – to an International design standard. The initial concept centered around the adventures of three sisters, May, Zaza & Fei who were born in Sichuan decades earlier. As they explored the story in more depth, a design narrative was formed, connecting the past & present in a complex web of free flowing, statuesque rattan structures, as intoxicating as the characters themselves.
Enter Projects’ rattan installation for spice & barley marks a continuation of their signature style, a hybridization of 3D digital technology with traditional craft. natural, renewable rattan is incorporated into the 30-meter-high space with digitally generated forms. Recalling Spice & Barley’s anchorage as a craft Belgian beer destination, the team sculpts the free-flowing liquid geometries to mimic beer as it’s poured into a glass. The sweeping rattan columns flawlessly frame the backdrop of the three sisters, another nod to the sichuan cuisine. Whilst the form itself is visually awe-inspiring, the gold painted rattan functionally serves to hide the beer pipes, air-conditioning and other related services, paying homage to the belief that ‘form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union .’
While Spice & Barley overlooks the chao priya river, Enter Projects’ rattan structures offer a visual link to the high rise towers beyond. The vast geometries flood the ceiling in an uninterrupted balustrade of twists and turns which bounce the light and become a beacon from far away. In keeping with the original brief, the design sensibilities at spice & barley intrinsically suggest an asian fusion, a marriage of ideas, creating a space in which the viewer innately senses the understanding between the client, Minor International, and architect. Also you might be interested in Asian inspired furniture.