Bangkok-based studio P49 Deesign, specialists in the design of hotels, spas and resorts, conceived the interiors for 137 Pillars House, a boutique hotel based in Chiang Mai. Evoking the old world charm of being a guest at a private home, where eclectic art works and furniture appear as part of a private collection, 137 Pillars House tells a charming story from a bygone era.
The main building, formerly the residence of Mr Louise T. Leonowen, has been kept in its original state where possible, with a few modifications in keeping within Heritage listed Building allowances. This now houses the lounge, bar and meeting room of the hotel, all of which follow P49 Deesign's home-style residential concept, welcoming guests to enjoy the social spaces as if they were in their own household.
The restaurant follows a similar design direction to the main building. Striking turquoise accents lend a modern air to the old world ambience of the space and brighten the room up. Elephants are used as a decorative theme throughout, a reminder of their strong association with Northern Thailand, particularly in the past when they were used for timbering.
In contrast to the public spaces, the suites offer guests privacy and intimacy. Their colour schemes vary, using assorted shades of blue, white, pale green and red that offer a fun twist on the old world theme. Despite the air of nostalgia, each suite offers modern comforts and conveniences such as dual washbasins, sunken baths, separate indoor and outdoor showers and verandas with cane shades for privacy.
137 Pillars House revives the old world elegance of the Orient, whilst inviting guests to enjoy every modern luxury, a welcoming home of pampered privacy and distinctive visual boldness.