A creative venue, Thapae East, opened its door to the public in 2015. It comprises of two main areas: an open air lawn area with a large two-storey red-steel structure used as a background for events such as film screenings, parties and concerts, and two rows of shophouses that include a restaurant and bar at the entrance leading to the lawn area. Shops are run by artists and friends and include shops for book binding, Indian style accessories, handmade and home decorative items, an architecture office and a Mexican restaurant. Thapae East is known to host exciting concerts of different styles of music every month.
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.