By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The Nation Weekend
A DECADE after arriving in Bangkok, the Barbara Barry flagship showroom has undergone a comprehensive facelift, vastly expanding the space to display fresh ideas in home decor.
Exclusive distributor Chanintr Living operates the showroom on the third floor of Siam Paragon. What customers now find resembles a simple yet elegant house filled with a wide range of luxury furniture, refined tableware, bedding and other products both from Barbara Barry and other manufacturers around the world.
Founder Barry, an experienced American interior designer, praises Chanintr Living for taking her brand “to another level”.
“This is like having my own beautiful home in Bangkok, where I live very well,” she says. “When people come to Barbara Barry, we now can get them not only the furniture but also pillows, sheeting, pyjamas and so many other things. Customers can get ideas for mixing and matching all these new things.”
The model living room is cosy and elegant with an Obi lounge chair that feels like it’s “hugging” you while you sit. The sculptural upholstery of cotton and linen atop a rounded wooden base has lovely topstitching details.
The Kukio chair has a tight seat and mahogany legs and is available in five finishes. At the back of the contemporary upholstery are two decorative vertical seams.
The tailored Surround Sectional sofa with a supportive seat and durable bronze legs features inviting loose seat cushions and a tight back with arms and throw pillows for extra comfort.
“My furniture is casual but elegant,” Barry says. “I take my inspiration from nature. When I look outside or walk in the garden, I just think about the shapes I see and how nature is so perfectly composed in an array of neutral earth colours that complement one another. I’m not a designer who uses bright blue or red or yellow.
“What’s most notable about nature is that everything is timeless and soft.
“The showroom isn’t too feminine or masculine. It’s balanced. Perhaps the husband wants modern furnishings and the wife wants ‘pretty’. That can cause friction, but here they can come together.”
For their mealtimes, the Encircle dining table with an octagonal base has a subtle veneer and patterned top. The sensually coved edge all round is accented with burnished gold leaf, while light plays off the rhythmic fluting of the base sitting on bronze pads.
The Canyon Swivel dining chair is as versatile as it is functional, inviting conversation in all directions. The X-form base ensures stability and the seat floats on a floral stem. The back is barrel-shaped tightly upholstered for comfort.
In one corner of the showroom are fine porcelain and ceramic tableware by Augarten and striking leather lifestyle products from Italy.
“My whole career and my whole life have really been spent in appreciation,” Barry says. “At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of how the house comes together and how it feels.
“I’ve done many homes and I can teach people how to put a room together in layers. A good tip is to ‘dream’ the feeling you want in the room.
“I don’t believe in trends. I love circles and curves. I like softness and colour changes, but it’s always neutral colours, easy to live with. We don’t need too many things, but we need nice things. We need quality and things in simple shapes.”
Barry also offers a wide assortment of products exclusively designed for her, like the Pink Peony Catchall shopping bag made from upcycled sailcloth, BB Basic Bed linens and cotton towels and BB loungewear inspired by the softness of marshmallow gauze.
MORE THAN A MERE HOME
>> The Barbara Barry showroom by Chanintr is on the third floor of Siam Paragon. It’s open daily from 10am to 7pm.
>> Find out more at (02) 129 4577.