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A TRADITION OF SERENITY: The Tropical Houses of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu

Written by Rachamankha Hotel’s architect-owner, Ong-ard Satrabhandhu on his Asian Residences, the book is published by Rizzoli New York with photography by François Halard.

Considered the ‘Axel Vervoordt of Asia’ for his masterful use of ancient architectural elements and age-old materials, Ong-ard Satrabhandhu is an architect whose unique style reflects his Lanna (northern Thai) roots while keeping a firm footing in contemporary style.

In A TRADITION OF SERENITY: The Tropical Houses of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, he presents his most striking architectural works to date. With lush photography by François Halard especially commissioned for this book, featured here are his inviting homes, resorts, and hotels—all serene oases whether in the countryside or the city.

Lanna architecture is characterized by the concept of simplicity, nature, and focusing on “discovery, not invention.” In a meaningful and informed manner, Ong-ard Architects preserves then adds to this classic style’s simplicity with such contemporary touches as concrete floors and high, airy ceilings—creating a sophisticated juxtaposition between past and present. The interiors—grand yet spacious gestures that highlight nature-inspired architectural spaces—will inspire both casual readers and interior design aficionados alike. Striking a balance between the historic and contemporary, this volume encapsulates Thailand’s vast world influence and Ong-ard’s keen design insight.

This will be a treasured read for an international audience interested in interiors, design, and architecture.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Ong-ard Satrabhandhu is an architect and hotelier. His architecture firm, Ong-ard Architects, is committed to traditional Lanna culture with a contemporary twist. François Halard has been a regular contributor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and House & Garden for over thirty years. His self-titled monograph was published by Rizzoli in 2013.

© A Tradition of Serenity by Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, Rizzoli New York, 2014. Image from A Tradition of Serenity © François Halard. Neither text nor images may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.

tradition-book-cover-sA TRADITION OF SERENITY: The Tropical Houses of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu
By Ong-ard Satrabhandhu
Photography by François Halard
Rizzoli New York / www.rizzoliusa.com
Hardcover / 256 pages / 10” x 12 ¾” / 250 color photographs
Publication date: April 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4487-6
PRICE: 2,500THB please contact sales@rachamankha.com

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