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CONCIERGE LETTER JUNE 2017

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Sofitel Concierge Newsletter 2017

INTERNATIONAL MACARON DAY 2017

FOR THE LOVE OF SUMPTUOUS MACARONS
“MACARON DAY 2017”

Join us at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit on Monday 20 March from 3pm – 4pm as we celebrate “Macaron Day 2017”.

Started in France by Pierre Hermé, the man that Vogue called “the Picasso of Pastry”, Macaron Day is now celebrated around the world.

Pierre Hermé once said of these delightful little creations, “Macarons only weigh a few grams, but that’s enough to leave your senses quivering with pleasure. Their thin, crisp shell, slightly rounded shape, tempting colors and tender interiors draw devotees to devour them with their eyes and caress their smooth surfaces. Their flavors solicit the nose and, when one bites into that crisp shell, the ears tingle with pleasure and the palate is finally rewarded.”

To mark the occasion of “Macaron Day 2017” at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, the talented Pastry Chef Joffrey Jacob from our Parisian-style café, Le Macaron, has created an array of special macarons. Guests can buy a macaron shell at THB 20 net each or ‘buy 5, get 1 free’ to stick on a 1.5 metre high elephant located in the hotel lobby. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Elephant Foundation of Thailand. The charitable event is the perfect blend of Thai and French art and culture.

At Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit’s distinctly Parisian café, Le Macaron, guests can also enjoy our Macaron Special with 6 macarons of your choice for only THB 299++ or take home a box of 12 for only THB 599++ from 7 am – 11 pm only from 20 March – 20 April.

Guests are invited to join us at the “International Macaron Day 2017 Celebration” on Monday 20 March from 3pm – 4pm where they will enjoy our delightful pass-around macarons in many enticing flavors with free flow tea shakes.

Open daily from 7 am – 11 pm, Le Macaron serves morning coffees and smoothies to enjoy in air conditioned comfort or on the Parisian-style terrace. Temptations to accompany a menu of fine coffees and teas include exquisite French pâtisserie items, freshly baked breads, heavenly Viennoiserie, and our signature macarons, all complemented by friendly service from welcoming Sofitel Ambassadors. At Le Macaron, you can also rediscover the enduring tradition of Afternoon Tea or a decadent Champagne Afternoon Tea, served daily from 2pm – 5pm.

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road, Le Macaron is also ideal to pick up a light bite and a coffee to take away.

For further information or reservations, please contact: 02 126 9999 or email: h5213-fb8@sofitel.com

Le Macaron – Lobby, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Open daily: 7am to 11pm

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OPENING OF VAL 1967 – 2016 ART EXHIBITION

On Tuesday 21 March 2017 from 5pm – 10pm, S Gallery at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit opens the much anticipated art exhibition, Val 1967 – 2016, a retrospective of the late French artist and Bangkok residence, Valérie Goutard.

Born in France in 1967, Valérie Goutard, known simply as Val, grew up in South America, Africa, and Europe.  She first came upon sculpture in 2001 and, up until her passing in 2016, had followed her inner journey, immersing herself in observations of nature and listening to her intuition.

In 2004, Val established her workshop in Bangkok, where she worked surrounded by her team, who assisted her in creating her sculptures. Over the years, these took on monumental proportions. Her works are held in permanent collections in Thailand, and have been widely exhibited across Asia from Hong Kong to Singapore, Shanghai to Taiwan. Her noted participation at the Shanghai Art Fair in 2010, together with the unveiling of a huge sculpture named Urban Life as part of the Jing’An International Sculpture Project, established Val’s reputation amongst renowned sculptors.

Val was often commissioned to create her large-scale artworks for public and private settings. These included Inle Balance III and Urban Gathering for the Sofitel in Bangkok, Waiting III which was installed in Taipei New Times Square in 2014, and more recently in 2015, Inéquilibre, which is  on display in the highest residential tower in Singapore.

Amongst numerous other high profile projects, Val was also invited by the glass masters of ARS Murano to work with them in their studio on new glass creations. After several journeys in Venice,     she married glass, bronze and light to create a collection of unique pieces titled Tenth Eonian Initiative.

In 2015, Val was honored with the Trophée des Français de l’Etranger, the Trophy of French Expatriates in the Art of Living category, rewarding her work and her singular life abroad.

>In October 2016, Val passed away in a tragic road accident in Thailand.  A few days before, she had just finished a 36-metre sculpture for a private collector in Taiwan.

Val’s work has been seen all over Asia and Europe and has enjoyed great critical acclaim. Val 1967 – 2016 at S Gallery is a chance to view 17 pieces of artwork by the gifted French artist.

At the opening night of the exhibition, the centre of the lobby will feature one of Val’s most important sculptures. Sixteen other artworks will be displayed throughout S Gallery. Guests will be welcomed with an art cocktail and light canapés while our DJ creates a special ambience. Art lovers and VIPs will then be invited to view Val’s works in  S Gallery.

Mr. William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said recently, “It is with both joy and sadness that we present the exhibition, Val 1967 – 2016. This incredible collection of art is a celebration of Valérie Goutard’s life and her unique creative vision. What is evident in each of the 17 pieces of her work on display at S Gallery is Val’s enormous and undeniable talent, her curiosity and her artistic vision. Val was a truly great French artist who made Bangkok her home and embraced l’art de vivre in its truest sense. Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is proud to be able to host this fabulous exhibition and share her work with you.”

Val 1967 – 2016 will be on show at S Gallery from 21 March – 21 May 2017.

For further information or reservations, please contact Martin Gerlier, MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors at 093 5826588 or e-mail: Martin.gerlier@gmail.com .

S Gallery – Lobby Level, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

S Gallery is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

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Website: www.sofitel-bangkok-sukhumvit.com

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OPENING OF RAMMY NARULA’S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION ‘PLATFORM 10’ AT S GALLERY

S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, recently opened its new inspiring photography exhibition and a launch and signing of  a new photo book, ‘Platform 10’ by Rammy Narula.

The solo photography exhibition is a showcase for the work of talented Thai–Indian artist, Rammy Narula. Rammy is a Bangkok-based photographer with a deep passion for travelling and exploring the streets. His work covers personal projects, portraits, and photography resulting from countless hours roaming the streets of the cities he visits. His most recent work, Platform 10, a project shot on a single platform at the Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok, has been published as a photo book with Peanut Press, a publishing house in New York.

In 2013 he exhibited his first Hua Lamphong Train Station series, a black and white project of the same train station he worked on in 2015 for “Platform 10”. In 2014 he exhibited “Life is an Act”, a project consisting of candid street photographs taken on his travels.

Platform 10 is the culmination of Rammy’s work at Hua Lamphong, Bangkok Central Train Station. He went there the first time in 2012 and his early pictures of people at the station were made in black and white. That work became an exhibition in 2013. He switched to colour photography in 2014 and kept going back trying to take pictures of the station with a fresh idea.

After over a year without a real breakthrough it was very much by chance that on a random day in 2015 he found himself on a quiet platform at the far end of the station when a short train came in, made a 20-minute stop, and got going on its way. He discovered that the photographs he took that day had a very different feel to his previous work and it was the spark that he had been looking for. He kept going back every day for the next six months to photograph that window of time on the same platform.

“Life moves very quickly and a lot can happen when you’re not looking. Hua Lamphong train station, renowned for being very slow-paced, wakes into life each time a train makes a short stop. Passengers move,” says Rammy Narula. “Train officials ushering them on. Custodians begin their maintenance work. Supplies get loaded. All of it begins and ends almost just as soon as it starts. As an observer, the feeling it evokes when everything happens at the same time in that way feels oddly harmonious. Like watching an orchestra performing without a conductor, I set out to take pictures in this small window of time on a single platform. A platform blessed with atmospheric mood found when a short three cabin train makes its daily short 20-minute stop. I focused on the isolated moments. The little pauses while everything was in motion. The stillness of the different characters connected with me and they became my muse. What was everyone thinking, I often wondered. They say life’s a journey and through the people on Platform 10, I believe I made mine.”

At the opening night of the exhibition, the lobby recreated the atmosphere of Hua Lampong station. Guests enjoyed a welcome drink inspired by flavors of Thailand and light Thai street food canapés. Background music complemented the artistic ambience. Art lovers and VIPs then were invited to a new photo book launching and signing of ‘Platfrom 10’ by Rammy Narula, followed by a viewing of his works in S Gallery.

The photo book was available at THB 1,500 net and a special limited edition book numbered 001 – 100 was avilable at THB 5,500 net including a print photograph of the signature image from the exhibition signed by the artist.

Mr. William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said recently, “Rammy has a passion for street photography. He enjoys walking and making new discoveries everywhere he goes. People and their interactions with their environment interest him. He’s always looking for situations and scenes that he can respond to visually and emotionally and he takes candid photographs in the most harmonious way possible. It is a great pleasure to showcase Rammy’s orignal work and to welcome a receptive art loving audience to another unique exhibition at S Gallery.”

Rammy’s unique photography art exhibition will be on show at S Gallery until 14 February 2017.

For further information or reservations, please contact Martin Gerlier, MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors at 093 5826588 or e-mail: Martin.gerlier@gmail.com .

S Gallery – Lobby Level, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

S Gallery is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Website: www.sofitel-bangkok-sukhumvit.com

OPENING OF RAMMY NARULA’S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION ‘PLATFORM 10’

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On Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6:30pm , S Gallery at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit welcomes art lovers to a new photography exhibition and a launch and signing of  a new photo book, ‘Platform 10’ by Rammy Narula.

Platform 10 exhibition

The solo photography exhibition is a showcase for the work of talented Thai–Indian artist, Rammy Narula. Rammy is a Bangkok-based photographer with a deep passion for travelling and exploring the streets. His work covers personal projects, portraits, and photography resulting from countless hours roaming the streets of the cities he visits. His most recent work, Platform 10, a project shot on a single platform at the Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok, has been published as a photo book with Peanut Press, a publishing house in New York.

In 2013 he exhibited his first Hua Lamphong Train Station series, a black and white project of the same train station he worked on in 2015 for “Platform 10”. In 2014 he exhibited “Life is a Act”, a project consisting of candid street photographs taken on his travels.

Platform 10 is the culmination of Rammy’s work at Hua Lamphong, Bangkok Central Train Station. He went there the first time in 2012 and his early pictures of people at the station were made in black and white. That work became an exhibition in 2013. He switched to colour photography in 2014 and kept going back trying to take pictures of the station with a fresh idea.

After over a year without a real breakthrough it was very much by chance that on a random day in 2015 he found himself on a quiet platform at the far end of the station when a short train came in, made a 20-minute stop, and got going on its way. He discovered that the photographs he took that day had a very different feel to his previous work and it was the spark that he had been looking for. He kept going back every day for the next six months to photograph that window of time on the same platform.

“Life moves very quickly and a lot can happen when you’re not looking. Hua Lamphong train station, renowned for being very slow-paced, wakes into life each time a train makes a short stop. Passengers move,” says Rammy Narula. “Train officials ushering them on. Custodians begin their maintenance work. Supplies get loaded. All of it begins and ends almost just as soon as it starts. As an observer, the feeling it evokes when everything happens at the same time in that way feels oddly harmonious. Like watching an orchestra performing without a conductor, I set out to take pictures in this small window of time on a single platform. A platform blessed with atmospheric mood found when a short three cabin train makes its daily short 20-minute stop. I focused on the isolated moments. The little pauses while everything was in motion. The stillness of the different characters connected with me and they became my muse. What was everyone thinking, I often wondered. They say life’s a journey and through the people on Platform 10, I believe I made mine.”

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At the opening night of the exhibition, the lobby will recreate the atmosphere of Hua Lampong station.

Guests will enjoy a welcome drink inspired by flavors of Thailand and light Thai street food canapés. Background music will complement the artistic ambience. Art lovers and VIPs will then be invited to a new photo book launching and signing of ‘Platfrom 10’ by Rammy Narula, followed by a viewing of his works in S Gallery.

The photo book will be available at THB 1,500 net and a special limited edition book numbered 001 – 100 will be avilable at THB 5,500 net including a print photograph of the signature image from the exhibition signed by the artist.

Mr. William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said recently, “Rammy has a passion for street photography. He enjoys walking and making new discoveries everywhere he goes. People and their interactions with their environment interest him. He’s always looking for situations and scenes that he can respond to visually and emotionally and he takes candid photographs in the most harmonious way possible. It is a great pleasure to showcase Rammy’s orignal work and to welcome a receptive art loving audience to another unique exhibition at S Gallery.”

Rammy’s unique photography art exhibition will be on show at S Gallery until 14 February 2017.

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For further information or reservations, please contact Martin Gerlier, MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors at 093 5826588 or e-mail: Martin.gerlier@gmail.com .

S Gallery – Lobby Level, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

S Gallery is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

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