“You don’t neccessarily to be expensive to be ‘hi-so’,” says HI.SO CEO Marc Gliede, about the popular Thai abbreviation for high society types. “Being hi-so could be something nice and not selfish.”
To that end, HI.SO. Deco sells lamps, lighting accessories, and furniture.
Many of the designs were personally done by Mr Gliede, in cooperation with designers from Canada, France, Indonesia and Italy. Asked about his design philosophy, he says it’s “contemporary style with an inspirational twist.”
Over the years, he helped friends organise and decorate special events. After eight years of living and working in Phuket, he could see that many Phuketians were struggling to find different design that were right for their homes.
“Where can you go if you want nice furniture? Index? Home Pro? You get the same things,” says Mr Gliede.
“It’s not always that easy to find something different and unique on the island.”
Inspired, Mr Gliede established a showroom in Thalang two years ago. After receiving much positive feedback, and a small following, he opened the boutique shop HI.SO. in Phuket Town late last year.
The products made by HI.SO. are varied in their shape, form and materials.
According to Mr Gliede, “Using native sustainable materials like recycled teak and plantation mahogany, bamboo, fiber, resin, MDF, feather, mirror, rattan and water hyacinth or coffee wood in our designs we combine expert craftsmanship with sleek lines and contemporary Asian [looks].”
169 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town, 081-090-3100; hi-so-phuket.com. Open Wed-Mon, 10am-8pm.