Here’s what went down at the ‘Baan Soho’ pop-up in Bangkok
To mark the Bangkok Art Biennale, Ghost 2565 and the upcoming opening of Soho House in the Thai capital, the city’s creative community came together for a celebration to remember
Monday 24 October 2022 By Anastasiia Fedorova Photography by Bugsueb, Somroxyz and Kanrapee.chok
Soho House Bangkok is set to open this December and, naturally, it’s all about Thailand’s creative community, which last week came together for a one-off ‘Baan Soho’ pop-up in the city. Located at the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown, the spacious ‘Baan Trok Tua Ngork’ heritage building was transformed into a temporary version of the House, with all the signature interior design elements you’d expect, plus classic drinks and bites from the city’s most creative chefs. Guests included Founder members and a host of Thai creatives, alongside those visiting Bangkok Art Biennale and Ghost 2565.
Hidden away on Trok Tua Ngork, a street peppered with tyre shops and neighbourhood eateries in an area set for creative resurgence, the pop-up welcomed its first wave of guests on Wednesday 19 October, with Gena Desouza and Hudson Mohawke providing the soundtrack for the inaugural night.
Then, on Friday, we welcomed 40 of Bangkok’s brightest emerging talents for a special dinner. Prepared by Pearl Banjurtrungkajorn, the founder of Her Name is Nala (a dining club and events production company based in Bangkok, New York City and Los Angeles) and Eve Palasak of Zao restaurant, the dinner was poetically titled ‘Rainy Season Isan Supper Club’, and focused on traditional north-eastern Thai food. Palasak was inspired by her family recipes and flew back to Ubon Ratchathani province to source all the ingredients four days before the pop-up (check the recipe for mango with fermented fish sauce from the menu here). The dinner was topped off with a Picante-making tutorial and an afterparty with music by the city’s hottest KANGKAO collective.
With the Bangkok Art Biennale and Ghost 2565 currently underway, art is at the centre of the city’s cultural life this month. On Saturday 22 October, the pop-up hosted an afterparty to end all afterparties for the Bangkok Art Biennale launch, with DJ Praewa and DJ Brent James on the decks. The three-day pop-up saw members mingling with both local and international creatives, including: Tom Sachs, Jake Chapman, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Soo Joo Park, Udomsak Krisanamis, Hugo Chakrabongse, Arin Rungjang, Prim Patnasiri, James Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Paris Intarakomalyasut, Shuang Li, Pan Daijing and Jitish Kallat, to name a few.
Read more about Soho House Bangkok here and see highlights of the Soho House Lounge Pop-Up below.