Siri House: A New Lifestyle Destination to Inspire, Live, Dine, and Play in Dempsey Hill
Recently launched SIRI HOUSE represents a cultural bridge linking two countries. A hallmark of the Sansiri vision and standard for high quality, it brings together all the elements for a sought-after place of gathering—people, design, art, retail, and food—brought to life in the heart of Dempsey Hill. It paves the way to SIRI HOUSE at Somkid, a flagship concept slated to open in Bangkok this March 2019.
Modern, inspiring, and above all, welcoming, SIRI HOUSE at Dempsey is an emblem of the Sansiri lifestyle; an exploration of the kind of living environment that Sansiri properties can provide. The 3,000 sq. ft. space nestled in Dempsey Hill houses a Sales Gallery highlighting Sansiri’s most prestigious property developments; JAM at SIRI HOUSE, a restaurant that elevates the home dining and drinking experience with exquisite food to share and cocktails to match; an intimate Art Space that will exhibit a roster of art shows by Thai and international artists; The Shop retailing a hot list of ones-to-watch-and-know design brands from Thailand.
JAM at SIRI HOUSE
Elevating the home dining and drinking experience, JAM at SIRI HOUSE delivers a taste of luxury accessible to all. Inspired by the modern Asian family table, dishes traverse geographical boundaries and are an eclectic mix of flavours and influences.
The 48-seater restaurant offers both restaurant lounge and bar counter seating. Opt for a coveted seat at the bar and catch a glimpse of dishes prepared and plated from the restaurant’s open kitchen. Evoking the feeling of dining in a lovely home, interiors are eclectic and bold, classical with touches of Art Deco and intricate Asian accents. The material palette is sumptuous featuring rich Italian velvets, deco jacquard motifs, Chinoiserie and fauvist-inspired floral prints on custom furniture. These plush elements rhythmically repeat throughout the space, creating a unifying effect amidst a bold colour scheme of petrol blue, mustard yellow and splashes of coral set against a dramatic black backdrop. Illuminated by vintage chandeliers, the space is flanked by dark lacquered walls and de Gournay handpainted wallpaper, while luxurious handwoven silks from Jim Thompson Fabrics cover the ceilings.
The restaurant reunites former Lolla Head Chef and current co-owner of Park Bench Deli, Ming Tan with long-time friend Jeremy Cheok of New Ubin Seafood and Garang Grill fame. Sunday Punch’s Mark Tay and Yap Hwee Jen head up the team at the bar to complete the creative forces behind JAM at SIRI HOUSE.
Art Space at SIRI HOUSE
The Art Space at SIRI HOUSE is an intimate art gallery dedicated to hosting focused exhibitions that highlight specific artist projects and dialogues. Accessible to all, the Art Space intentionally eschews an elitist environment, welcoming everyone in as an open invitation to roam freely at SIRI HOUSE. It aims to showcase an international, cross-generational roster of artists ranging from emerging talent to significant creative art figures. The space will feature new art exhibitions every three to four months.
The Art Space’s debut show opens with Another Dimension by Thai artist, Gongkan. On view from January 11, 2019, Another Dimension is Gongkan’s first exhibition in Singapore.
An artist based in New York and Bangkok, Kantapon “Gong” Metheekul, who works under the name Gongkan, is best known for his minimal street art-inspired drawings and “Teleport” art works—a sticker and mural series of characters climbing out of dark holes scattered amongst public spaces. His work explores themes of freedom and inequality in race, sexuality and human rights.
Another Dimension is a brand new body of work evolved from Gongkan’s prior exhibition, Teleport. It continues the artist’s questions and quest for freedom, examined through a series of installations formed by sculptures reflected in mirror “teleports”. Gong invites the viewer to examine a conceptual teleportation, to move away from the social confines of ambitious self pursuing worldly gains and material success, and instead find freedom in living a more naive, reflective self, free from judgement and blind ambition.
The Shop at SIRI HOUSE
As with the rest of SIRI HOUSE, The Shop is a retail space to discover forward-thinking design and explore a new expression of Thai creative culture. Presented in lifestyle homewares, accessories, souvenir knick-knacks, casual- and lounge-wear, these products are inventive, modern yet familiar, and always identifiable as Thai originals.
Curated by SIRI HOUSE, The Shop represents a hot list of Thai brands to know and watch. Each is unique in their own right, the common thread of originality, ingenuity and authenticity is underscored by a distinct Thai design DNA; where traditional craftsmanship and cultural nuance marry modern design, almost always with tongue-in-cheek wit.
The Shop at SIRI HOUSE will introduce a new Thai design cohort every quarter, launching with its first stable of seven Thai designers and brands in January 2019; some of whom will present limited edition pieces designed especially for SIRI HOUSE. Featuring The Only Market—a quirky, cross-culture Thai souvenir brand that has reimagined classic Thai souvenirs and knick-knacks with a twist; they will also launch a range of SIRI HOUSE Singapore-exclusive pieces; SODA—one of Thailand’s most enduring ready-to-wear brands known for their rock-bohemian-chic aesthetic present a SIRI HOUSE loungewear capsule; Thingg—a homeware brand that fuses traditional Thai craftsmanship with contemporary flair; SUR—irreverent, one-of-a-kind sculptures that masquerade as lifestyle accessories for the home; Mirror Mirror – a contemporary jewellery brand that offers familiar foods as witty jewellery statements; The Archivist—a collective of creative printmakers and art publishers; SIRI HOUSE Curate—traditional craft goods and ceramics by cottage-industry Chiangmai craft artisans known for their immaculate craftsmanship and techniques.
These finely tuned selections are housed in cupboards of curiosities, a retail installation designed especially for SIRI HOUSE by Bangkok-based design duo, Jirawat and Tijn. Using nondescript cabinets sourced from antique markets in Bangkok, the cabinets are deconstructed and reassembled, given new life and a modern edge through the use of acrylic slices and disjointed fragments. Each of the seven fragments adheres to specific proportions and details, fostering the unique values of brands from the Thai designers. Where the banal cupboard represents traditional domestic values, the retail installation takes inspiration from the homes of collectors, revealing the ironic aspect of a private space for public presentation. This form of domesticity aims to inspire visitors of SIRI HOUSE towards the curation of their own collection of belongings.