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The Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson @ Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok - HD Video

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[HD video below] For those travellers that prefer to stay away from modern high rises, yet still want some of the best views in Bangkok, in one of the best locations, then the luxurious two-bedroom Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok may be just the answer.

Formerly the General Managers Penthouse overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club on Rajadamri Road, the Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson has been designed to reflect its namesakes creative entrepreneurship and heritage, while paying homage to his commitment to local industries and arts.

Best known for introducing the bright jewel tones and dramatic colour combinations now associated with Thai silk worldwide, Jim Thompson worked with local Thai weavers to revitalise the cottage industry of hand-woven silk, which had for centuries been a household craft in Thailand, but which was in danger of dying out. Jim Thompson also built a superb collection of Buddhist and secular art, not only from Thailand but also from Burma, Cambodia and Laos, and made it his personal mission to preserve traditional arts and architecture. His high-profile disappearance in 1967 added to his mystique.

Rather than replicate his famous home's teak panelling and furniture, the new suite was created to reflect a summer home, one that Jim Thompson himself might have worked on as a young architect. A colonial atmosphere, with tongue and groove ceilings, painted panelled walls and polished teak floors, provides a backdrop for a collection of furniture, fabrics and artworks drawing upon influences both traditional and contemporary. Unique pieces have been selected from antique markets, and the suite also features elements from the new range of Jim Thompson furniture designed by world-renowned architect Ed Tuttle. Fabrics include some of the earliest silks as well as the latest linen prints, demonstrating a history of Jim Thompson textiles.

Designed by Jeffrey Wilkes of designWILKES, Kuala Lumpur, the Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson includes two bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with two double beds, two and half bathrooms and a large living/dining room with study overlooking the golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, a veritable green oasis in the heart of the bustling city.

The new central electronic lighting and A/C panel provides a single control point for the entire suite. A 42-inch plasma-screen television and DVD/CD entertainment centre are also discreetly incorporated into the design.

The overall direction of the Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson is clean and contemporary, with a nod towards Thai heritage, and captures the adventurous spirit of the man himself without compromising comfort or luxury.

The Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson @ Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

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