BANGKOK—Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit here has unveiled its new, French-inspired lobby design.
The lounge now features a bar with an LED-backlit alabaster stone countertop, while the bakery features a covered terrace reminiscent of Paris’ traditional sidewalk cafes. In addition, an art gallery—a mod space designed to showcase inspirational works by established and emerging international and local artists—is also part of the new look.
The upper concourse is rimmed with 72 images by renowned French photographer Charles Maze. Maze’s installation is a collection of circular images—some black-and-white, some color—that takes viewers on a journey through France. Subject matter ranges from wintry views of the Eiffel Tower to the leaf of a palm tree in Basque Country. According to the company, each piece is a contemporary interpretation of anamorphosis, an optical phenomenon first developed in the 15th century and used by Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Holbein and Albrecht Dürer.
Gourmet canapes, Thai street-food favorites, cocktails and a selection of Old and New World wines are among the other food and beverage choices at Le Bar. Adjacent to that venue is S Gallery, which was designed in collaboration with French art advisor Martin Gerlier. The gallery offers plush booth seating along the sides, a sleek neon chandelier that changes colors and the potential to house any type of exhibition.
S Gallery will also be available for intimate parties, product launches and other events such as wedding receptions and holiday functions.
To complete the ground-floor makeover, the flagship property for Sofitel Luxury Hotels in Southeast Asia commissioned the construction of a canopied, Parisian-style terrace at La Macaron, a gourmet café and pâtisserie facing Sukhumvit Road. The patio includes cooling mechanisms and a Bose sound system to encourage an extended al-fresco experience.
The transformation began in December 2014 and was completed last month.