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Murakami Samui the art resort special edition 1
Chapter 1 |  The Passage |  The X2 |  The Muang Kulaypan
During August 2010 we accompanied Ms. Julia Murakami to some of the finest resorts on Koh Samui. This is the first chapter of Murakami Samui, a special edition of the art resort, bringing together fine art and fine places. The hosting venues offered Ms. Murakami the chance to work on her ongoing project, The Japanese Guerilla Paparazzi and we tried to cover both, the participating resorts and the artistic work in progress. More pictures will be added over time before we go back for chapter 2.
We hope you enjoy this travelogue in progress as much as we did making it.
We like to thank with all our heart the staff members of The Passage ,  The X2 and  The Muang Kulaypan. Without your help there would be no Murakami Samui.
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Murakami Samui the art resort special edition 1

Chapter 1 |  The Passage | The X2 | The Muang Kulaypan

During August 2010 we accompanied Ms. Julia Murakami to some of the finest resorts on Koh Samui. This is the first chapter of Murakami Samui, a special edition of the art resort, bringing together fine art and fine places. The hosting venues offered Ms. Murakami the chance to work on her ongoing project, The Japanese Guerilla Paparazzi and we tried to cover both, the participating resorts and the artistic work in progress. More pictures will be added over time before we go back for chapter 2.

We hope you enjoy this travelogue in progress as much as we did making it.

We like to thank with all our heart the staff members of The Passage , The X2 and The Muang Kulaypan. Without your help there would be no Murakami Samui.

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Some flowers for Samui
Here we are, trapped in cold Europe, missing the treasure island deeply.
Thus we hopped over to beflowered to send out a little sign how much we enjoyed our stay.  If you like  Koh Samui as much as we do, click the pic and plant some flowers  yourself.
A closer look will show you the Passage, the X2 and the Muang Kulaypan through the coconut trees.
Enjoy

“beflowered”, a net-based project by André  Werner and Daniel Schubert allows anyone to plant virtual flowers in  any part of the world. “beflowered” was first shown as part of the Digital Gardens exhibition at The Staatliche Museum Schwerin alongside the 2009 German Federal Horticultural Show (BUGA) The Digital Gardens exhibited works by many international artists, among them Pipilotti  Rist,  Fischli & Weiss, Hans Haacke and AK Dolven, just to name a  few. “beflowered” was also  on display at the third tease art fair, Cologne. (via directors lounge)

Some flowers for Samui

Here we are, trapped in cold Europe, missing the treasure island deeply.

Thus we hopped over to beflowered to send out a little sign how much we enjoyed our stay.  If you like Koh Samui as much as we do, click the pic and plant some flowers yourself.

A closer look will show you the Passage, the X2 and the Muang Kulaypan through the coconut trees.

Enjoy

beflowered, a net-based project by André Werner and Daniel Schubert allows anyone to plant virtual flowers in  any part of the world. beflowered was first shown as part of the Digital Gardens exhibition at The Staatliche Museum Schwerin alongside the 2009 German Federal Horticultural Show (BUGA) The Digital Gardens exhibited works by many international artists, among them Pipilotti Rist, Fischli & Weiss, Hans Haacke and AK Dolven, just to name a few. beflowered was also  on display at the third tease art fair, Cologne. (via directors lounge)

A JGP during sunset at the shores of Koh Samui

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A JGP during sunset at the shores of Koh Samui


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The Library, becoming part of the story
The Library, a unique conceptual resort located at Chaweng Beach, was on our want list for the Murakami Samui from the beginning. That we didn´t managed to work there in our first visit comes as no surprise. The Library consists of only 26 exclusive units, making it hard to be among the chosen few during high season.



Luckily the kind librarians invited us to dine at their beachfront restaurant, giving us some first insight into the concept of The Library. The Page, a culinary heaven on both sides of the plate, vegetarian and carnetarian, is the perfect counterpart to The Library. Excellent fusion food, created by Chef Nokveedz in a unique style with outstanding food presentation, served with signature cocktails of her own recipes. Every now and then, international artists are invited to “My Library”, special evenings matching different kinds of arts like opera or painting with a variety of gastronomy from the world class chefs.



At this evening we had the pleasure to talk with Thanyaporn Thirawat about the story behind The Library. 



The Library is one of a kind among the art resorts of the world, based on an idea as simple as convincing: To  complete one good vacation, what else do you expect, apart from a nice  room, delicious meals with good ambience? One good book, memorable  movies and music in style - these will help you enjoy and complete one  good vacation with your love ones or friends.



Thus The Library is not only a fancy name but a real library, the white heart of this beautiful place. A clever advancement of the tiny bookshelves at many bungalow resorts where left over books wait for new readers.



This fleet-footed basic, that real happiness is not complicated at all, is realized by a surprising stringent concept that covers all and every aspect of the hotel sector. From the classic color scheme of white, grey, black and red to the minimalistic, genuine interior, each little detail is carefully designed. Not grave and brittle as it is executed with a charming and serene attitude. Ants are printed on the sugar bags on the table, the foyer is called content and the do not disturb signs are frivolous fun. Design with a smile.



The suites and studios, both high tech armored masterpieces in interior, are labeled “pages”, suggesting that every guest becomes a part of the ongoing book called the Library. Visiting The Library means living its story, a very exciting story.

The Library, becoming part of the story

The Library, a unique conceptual resort located at Chaweng Beach, was on our want list for the Murakami Samui from the beginning. That we didn´t managed to work there in our first visit comes as no surprise. The Library consists of only 26 exclusive units, making it hard to be among the chosen few during high season.

Luckily the kind librarians invited us to dine at their beachfront restaurant, giving us some first insight into the concept of The Library. The Page, a culinary heaven on both sides of the plate, vegetarian and carnetarian, is the perfect counterpart to The Library. Excellent fusion food, created by Chef Nokveedz in a unique style with outstanding food presentation, served with signature cocktails of her own recipes. Every now and then, international artists are invited to “My Library”, special evenings matching different kinds of arts like opera or painting with a variety of gastronomy from the world class chefs.

At this evening we had the pleasure to talk with Thanyaporn Thirawat about the story behind The Library

The Library is one of a kind among the art resorts of the world, based on an idea as simple as convincing: To complete one good vacation, what else do you expect, apart from a nice room, delicious meals with good ambience? One good book, memorable movies and music in style - these will help you enjoy and complete one good vacation with your love ones or friends.


Thus The Library is not only a fancy name but a real library, the white heart of this beautiful place. A clever advancement of the tiny bookshelves at many bungalow resorts where left over books wait for new readers.

This fleet-footed basic, that real happiness is not complicated at all, is realized by a surprising stringent concept that covers all and every aspect of the hotel sector. From the classic color scheme of white, grey, black and red to the minimalistic, genuine interior, each little detail is carefully designed. Not grave and brittle as it is executed with a charming and serene attitude. Ants are printed on the sugar bags on the table, the foyer is called content and the do not disturb signs are frivolous fun. Design with a smile.

The suites and studios, both high tech armored masterpieces in interior, are labeled “pages”, suggesting that every guest becomes a part of the ongoing book called the Library. Visiting The Library means living its story, a very exciting story.

Framed
A JGP on flying visit at the Library

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Muang Kulaypan, a castle under a charm
The Muang Kulaypan, a blending of ancient                           Javanese house-village design with a traditional Thai                           southern slow-slung roof, is a hidden gem. Protected by a huge  wall toward the street and hidden behind old coconut trees when coming  from the beach it is nearby invisible. Thus it reveals its beauty only  step by step while ascenting the main stairs to the upper floor. Mirrors  chasing away the bad                          spirits, Lotus, a holy  flower, attracting                          the good one, twin  phalluses, protector against the mischievous Goddess of the                           sea,  all signs how the Muang Kulaypan honores the local  tradition and respects the spirits.



Throughout the garden and                          walkways are numerous well-groomed bonsai trees,  like every guest they are carefully treated, giving an idea that this  house protects its residents.



One feels a bit like in a fairytale  looking at the old wooden doors, inscribed with ancient Thai letterings,  equipped with solid knockers, wondering what lies behind. And indeed,  like in a magic castle, the true enchantment of the Muang Kulaypan lies  behind these doors.



Simple, beautiful fabrics, delicate carved wooden sculptures and traditional furniture, set in contrast to the raw walls are bathed in warm orange light. A minimalist design, yet not cold or conceptual, but rather sensual and cozy.







Sitting on the day bed of your private terrace, overlooking the garden and ocean you feel like having your own gazebo nested into the protective safety of the Muang Kulaypan.



The brightly night life of Chaweng is only a stone´s throw away but once you close the door to your suite you tunnel into a peaceful realm that becalms the senses with its ease of simplicity. A hideaway that builds a bridge to Buddhism, a home for the body and the soul.



more from our visit to the Muang Kulaypan  here and here

Muang Kulaypan, a castle under a charm

The Muang Kulaypan, a blending of ancient Javanese house-village design with a traditional Thai southern slow-slung roof, is a hidden gem. Protected by a huge wall toward the street and hidden behind old coconut trees when coming from the beach it is nearby invisible. Thus it reveals its beauty only step by step while ascenting the main stairs to the upper floor. Mirrors chasing away the bad spirits, Lotus, a holy flower, attracting the good one, twin phalluses, protector against the mischievous Goddess of the sea,  all signs how the Muang Kulaypan honores the local tradition and respects the spirits.

Throughout the garden and walkways are numerous well-groomed bonsai trees, like every guest they are carefully treated, giving an idea that this house protects its residents.

One feels a bit like in a fairytale looking at the old wooden doors, inscribed with ancient Thai letterings, equipped with solid knockers, wondering what lies behind. And indeed, like in a magic castle, the true enchantment of the Muang Kulaypan lies behind these doors.

Simple, beautiful fabrics, delicate carved wooden sculptures and traditional furniture, set in contrast to the raw walls are bathed in warm orange light. A minimalist design, yet not cold or conceptual, but rather sensual and cozy.

Sitting on the day bed of your private terrace, overlooking the garden and ocean you feel like having your own gazebo nested into the protective safety of the Muang Kulaypan.

The brightly night life of Chaweng is only a stone´s throw away but once you close the door to your suite you tunnel into a peaceful realm that becalms the senses with its ease of simplicity. A hideaway that builds a bridge to Buddhism, a home for the body and the soul.

more from our visit to the Muang Kulaypan  here and here

A JGP inside the  VIP Inao of the  Muang Kulaypan

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Pure minimal: a JGP inside the  VIP Inao of the  Muang Kulaypan

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Pure minimal: a JGP inside the  VIP Inao of the  Muang Kulaypan


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The  VIP Inao of the  Muang Kulaypan

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The JGP exploring the  Muang Kulaypan in a palm leaf boat
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The JGP exploring the  Muang Kulaypan in a palm leaf boat

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