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Thai Home Industries, Bangkok

35 Oriental Avenue
Charoen Krung
Soi 40
Thailand 10500
Tel: 66 2 234 1736's insider take:

Located in a classic Thai house in the shadow of the Oriental Hotel, this 50-year-old shop sits beneath an elegant upturned roof with mirrored shingles. The goods inside are equally impressive. Designer Jaivid Rangthong makes cutlery from single pieces of stainless steel leaving the handles as unpolished as the up-country farm tools that inspired them. These not-so-humble dinner companions have earned a spot in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art as well as at many of the world's chicest dining-room tables. Orders for these pieces take several months and a deep pocketbook. For instant gratification, stock up on soft organic-cotton Thai farmer pants, seashell serving spoons, and thick cotton place mats that can be packed to go.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 6:30 pm.

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