THINK Design: Art you’ll be able to eat

PHUKET: Giveaway ’ve all heard about those elegant and exclusive, greater than five star little boutique resort properties hidden away round Phuket but few of us ever get the possibility to visit one.
It was my success to be invited by Publisher Michael Earle to attend the 40th THINK Design art dinner at Iniala Beach House, tucked away on a quiet road near Natai Beach in Phang Nga.
Iniala is the previous home of Mark Weingard, an English derivatives dealer, who has a fantastic eye for artwork and design. He’s invited a few of the rock stars of international inside design to create trendy, verging on the unbelievable, interiors within the three villas and penthouse that comprise Iniala.
Seemingly no expense has been spared to make this boutique property a hideaway for a select clique of guests who appreciate the newest in design and luxurious.
Weingard has recruited Graham Lamb of Glam interior architecture as his design director and Steven Pettifour, who co-curated the Thai pavilion on the 2011 Venice Bienniale, as Iniala’s artwork director.
Weingard also invited three Michelin star chef Eneko Atxa, at 36, the youngest chef to receive such recognition, to open Aziamendi, the resort’s restaurant together with his Basque inspired cuisine.
Chef Eneko created his personal signature restaurant, Azurmendi, near Bilbao, Spain, the place he presents a menu using recent, locally– sourced products elevated by his research into the method to extract ultimate flavors. His objective is to provoke intense feelings in guests who experience his cuisine.
Aziamendi is a three dimensional art box featuring brass sculptures by Entang Wiharso sourced in Indonesia and a ceiling created by the Spanish design staff, A-cero, that is an homage to the Andaman Sea.
When Michael Earle produces an artwork dinner as a half of the mission of his THINK Design magazine, he all the time brings pieces of artwork to the attention of a noted chef who then creates a dinner impressed by the visual language of the art.
Not so in the case of Chef Eneko who decided instead to create a six course menu dedicated to the celebration of six of the classical arts. Set to the soothing music of Daniel Figueras who performed classical Spanish guitar, the primary course was a foie gras building devoted to the art of sculpture. His balancing of round foie gras tastes set on glass was made in honor of Chef Eneko’s fondness for the Anish Kapoor’s sculpture, Tall Tree and The Eye, at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
The second course, devoted to music, was intriguing, with dry ice creating an atmospheric cloud over tastes of the sea. The third providing was a vivid green, regionally sourced, pak mieng with slow cooked egg, an ode to literature.
Each course was thoughtfully paired by a special wine chosen by Head Sommelier Fabien Etienne, who blended the tastes from Italy, Germany, New Zealand and a Late Harvest Chenin Blanc from Hua Hin Hills here in Thailand.
Chef Eneko’s fourth course was a dramatic tribute to the black paintings of Francisco Goya’s later life with a black rice and clam paste accented with calligraphic black strokes.
Dance was celebrated within the fifth providing with the falling of chestnut leaves over the frolic of pigeons in flight. It was my first taste of the chook that haunts so many public places and I will look to them with renewed interest sooner or later.
The last providing was an architectural salute to the Sydney Opera house with elegant white chocolate triangles balanced over a sea of Blue Curacao.
With a 5,500 baht price tag this THINK Design artwork dinner was a offered out success. All visitors had been invited on an art tour of the three villas and the one penthouse. There had been pleasant surprises to be found in every pavilion.
At the entrance, Steven Pettifor defined he discovered a Thai glass artist, Maitree Siriborn, working from a studio in rural Northeast Thailand. Using glass mosaics most often encountered in Buddhist temples, he was commissioned to make installations at the entrance to the resort property.
The health studio has Andy Warhol original prints of Muhammed Ali staring down from the walls and the pool desk is about in tens of hundreds Swarovski crystals. There’s a metallic wale diving into the rooftop pool of 1 villa and thousands of celadon ceramics set in the walls of one other.
Iniala is an thrilling visual adventure and Chef Eneko’s restaurant, Aziamendi, is the place the select visitors at Iniala Beach House can get pleasure from an award profitable menu..

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