Thailand Pattern Love

I am naturally drawn to strong, bold and often simple designs.  Anything overly fancy has never really appealed and so I wasn't entirely sure what I would make of the Thai aesthetic.  What I didn't anticipate was the importance of colour and light out there and how much I would love the hand-drawn elements in the architecture and surface design.

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It seemed every wall-surface contained a narrative - these in particular reminded me of some of the current scandi-style wallpaper designs

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These sea patterns fascinated me!  So intricate and fun.  I just found it amazing that someone had stood there and painted such detail into a tiny segment of the incredible wall in the palace.  Every inch seems to have been worked on with such effort - art with integrity.

These sea patterns fascinated me!  So intricate and fun.  I just found it amazing that someone had stood there and painted such detail into a tiny segment of the incredible wall in the palace.  Every inch seems to have been worked on with such effort - art with integrity.

The shape of these cloud trees at the Grand Palace jumped out at me particularly as you could see them interpreted in so many of the wall paintings as well.

The shape of these cloud trees at the Grand Palace jumped out at me particularly as you could see them interpreted in so many of the wall paintings as well.

So it turns out that todays surface pattern bird trend isn't so new after all....

So it turns out that todays surface pattern bird trend isn't so new after all....

And as a complete contrast - this was a sock display in one of the largest department stores I have ever seen.

And as a complete contrast - this was a sock display in one of the largest department stores I have ever seen.

This is literally the last photo I took on my trip - I spotted this vase in the airport in Jordan during our stop off on the way home.  I love the naive, childish nature of the sketchy design and the bold use of the emerald blue against the urban colours of the tower blocks. Possibly one of my favourite finds of the whole trip. 

This is literally the last photo I took on my trip - I spotted this vase in the airport in Jordan during our stop off on the way home.  I love the naive, childish nature of the sketchy design and the bold use of the emerald blue against the urban colours of the tower blocks. Possibly one of my favourite finds of the whole trip.