The Siam was conceived by creative director and celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp, together with globally acclaimed architect and interior/landscape designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s ‘Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People’.
When Krissada inherited a piece of prime riverside land, he was instantly inspired to build a hotel there to house his substantial collection of antiques. Knowing the property had to stand out he brought Bill Bensley on board. Kriss explains, “Bill is entirely original.
This shines through in all of his projects, they have character. I love distinct details. Bill and his team understand exactly how to pull these together into a larger work of art.”
Inspiration & palette
With art in mind for the Main Residence, lead architect Khemvadee Paopanlerd drew inspiration from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, stating that “My work is an expression of how I wish the world could be: serene, lush in natural beauty, yet quite simple.”
To emphasise this, a muted colour scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals has been combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather and stone, not to mention sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs throughout.
The overall setting reflects the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V (circa 1853-1910), with Art Deco accents.
Of The Siam, Bill says: “My studio team has designed some 150 plus hotels and resorts worldwide and we have received many accolades. But I am most excited about The Siam, as I know it is going to turn heads on the competitive hospitality market of tomorrow.”