The last few years we have been asked by the Creative Director, Douglas Little, to create various projects for Jim Thompson, The Thai Silk Company. Jim Thompson creates fine textiles that are sold world wide and used by many professional designers. Here are a few images of the signage, 3D objects, and invitations we’ve created since 2011.
Pictured here are some of our work in progress pics as well as the completed work, images found on their facebook page and their blogsite. We love design/ build projects, especially ones that give us the opportunity to travel for the install. On our first project back in Spring of 2011, we created hundreds of silk butterflies using Jim Thompson’s silk upholstery fabrics as well as a silk and wooden sign. These were created for their, back then temporary, showroom during the Maison de Objet fair on Rue du Frustemberg in the St. Germain des Pres neighborhood of Paris, France. Last minute, we were invited along to help transport and install items for the showroom display. The event was a huge success and eventually lead Jim Thompson to permanently acquire the space.
The up next was the 2012 Jim Thompson exhibit at the Musee Guimet and the Rue du Frustemberg showroom for the Maison de Objet fair. For this event, we created butterflies from their recently released wallpaper collection, silk covered signage, and fabric wrapped steamer trunks. We created plywood boxes and engineered the trunks to be flat packed and assembled in Paris. This allowed for easier, less costly international shipping. The trunks came supplied, from us, with all the official trunk hardware such as upholstery pins, latches, and custom leather straps and handles. Once assembled, they looked like real steamer trunks, although they were just hollow boxes cleverly disguised.
June 2013, Jim Thompson sponsored a reception for Pinaree Sanpitak’s exhibit “Hanging by a Thread” at LACMA. Laser Cutting Shop was asked to design the event’s invite. Pinaree Sanpitak is a well respected Thai artist, working in various media, and on this occasion she used traditional printed cotton fabric called paa-lai to create her woven hammocks. The hammocks were created in response to flooding in her home city, Bangkok.
In October 2013, Jim Thompson hosted a Grand Opening of their Rue du Frustemberg showroom. When they permanently acquired the space earlier in 2013, they again turned to Douglas Little to update the space and kicked off construction. We helped Douglas with a few drawings of the new layout for the remodel. For their grand opening, they asked Douglas to style the party, and again we supplied signage, this time in Mahogany with gold foiling, as well as the event invitation.