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About Jim Thompson Fabric
A formidable name in fabric, furniture, and accessories design, Jim Thompson is known as an innovator in textile design and production. Combining traditional styling, 21st century themes, and understated luxury, Jim Thompson Fabric collections successfully cater to the changing tastes of the new generation while preserving the rich heritage of the traditional past.
The Legend of Jim Thompson Fabric: Jim Thompson Fabric is founded by Jim Thompson in Bangkok. Touted as the “best known foreigner in Bangkok, and possibly in Southeast Asia”, Thompson established an entire industry in Bangkok, and became a huge influence in the art of textile design and production. William Warren in his book referred to Jim Thompson as “The Legendary American in Thailand”. Today Jim Thompson Fabrics are continually designed and updated by its four in-house designers, Tinnart Nisalak, Richard Smith, Ou Baholyodhin, and Ed Tuttle. Tinnart Nisalak works as design director for the Thai Silk Company of Jim Thompson, having worked with Thai Silk Company for more than two decades. With his knowledge and experience in working with silk, he is able to produce subtle, innovative, and sensuous creations, propelling Thai silk into the international scene. Richard Smith of Jim Thompson Fabric counts on his more than 16 years experience in fabric and wallpaper design; producing rich, traditional textiles using a method that combines traditional drawing and painting. Richard Smith is the designer behind the No.9 Thompson collection of printed fabrics and weaves. Kingston University educated Ou Baholyodhin is one of the most versatile designers, producing collections that range from furniture and fabrics to accessories and ceramics. Ed Tuttle, one of the famous architects in America, has worked for a range of illustrious clients and projects, including Park Hyatt hotels, Inter Continental, Sheraton, and several others.
The Collections of Jim Thompson Fabric: Jim Thompson Fabrics are categorized into four different collections, and various sub- collections, designed by the in-house designers of the company and other guest designers. Essence, Modern Classic, Cosmopolitan, No. 9 Thompson, and a few collections from guest designers comprise the main collections of Jim Thompson Fabrics. Essence, considered as the prime collection of Jim Thompson, is an offering of exquisite, elegant hand weaves ideal for the contemporary living space. This collection is known mostly for its superb texture, smooth colors, and original, understated patterns. The Modern Classic collections comprise patterned Thai silks, made from natural, high-quality yarns, such as silk, cotton, linen, and wool. Fresh stripes, florals, botanicals, and many others are a few of the patterns. For a completely modern style that combines texture, finishes, and yarn quality, the Cosmopolitan collections from Jim Thompson Fabric are perfect for chic, contemporary interiors. The No. 9 Thompson line is created specifically for the home, versatile, high-quality, and readily accessible fabrics for a wide range of customers. Finally, several collections make up the fabric offerings by guest designers, which include The Crystal Collection, The Metro Cloth Collection, The Marco Polo Collection, and The Tony Duquette Collection.
Jim Thompson Fabrics in the Press: Jim Thompson Fabric collections have been featured in many of the most prestigious design magazines in the U.S. and in Europe. The Gemstone fabric is featured in the March 2010 issue of Elle Décor, while the silk Ekamai is named one of the “Cutting Edge Winter Wovens” in the November – December 2009 issue of Veranda. Jim Thompson Fabrics are also named one of the classically elegant textiles for colorful rooms in the November 2009 issue of Traditional Home. The Tony Duquette Collection by Jim Thompson is also featured in the June 2009 special issue of Metropolitan Home, wherein the magazine compiled a list of their favorite people, places, and things.