1296 Chiang Mai is a French-speaking center that promotes contemporary and authentic Thai culture. It is a new space for exchanging ideas between French residents of Chiang Mai and Thais on Thai language, handicrafts and arts. Founded in March 2016 by Olivier and Nalinee Brepson, the main activities are: 1) personalised cultural visits for French speakers; 2) Thai lessons specially designed for French learners; 3) local handicrafts and arts exhibitions organised in luxury hotels; 4) representation in Chiang Mai of the French Cultural magazine “le Paris Bangkok” for expatriates living in Thailand; 5) a Chiang Mai cultural events calendar in French.
Charm Learn Studio, a ceramic art co-op, was founded in 2012 by three passionate designers, Thanita Yothawong, Natthapol Wannaporn and Chanchai Boriboon in Bangkok. Their signature product is a ceramic lunch-box set “Pin-To”, which has clinched various recognitions, such as the PM Award 2017, the DeMark Award 2017 and the Good Design Award 2017. In 2020, Natthapol Wannaporn opened a branch in Chiang Mai, his hometown, under the name Charm Learn Studio CNX. Located in San Kamphaeng, a district well-known for ceramics, the studio is aimed at those who are interested in ceramics, offering a space for artisans and enthusiasts to work and share their ideas. Through events, workshops and residency programs, Charm Learn Studio’s vision is to create a community space for artists and craft makers as well as elevate ceramics as an artform by itself. The studio also cooperates with the Chiang Mai City of Craft and Folk Arts initiative, and Chiang Mai Design Week by TCDC.