Located in Bangkok, Papaya Studio is an antique collectible and vintage furniture studio, and the largest space of its kind in Asia. Having been in business for over 40 years, this multi-story, maze-like warehouse hosts a vast collection of over 100,000 items amassed from around the world. From Eastern European ceramics and vintage figurines to retro electronics and precious cutlery, Papaya Studio has any item that you could possibly imagine – along with much more.
Papaya Studio是曼谷一家著名古董收藏品和古董家具工作室，也是亚洲面积最大的古董工作室。这间工作室至今已有40多年，几层楼的仓库里，宛如一个巨大迷宫，有着种类浩繁的收藏品，这些收藏品来自世界各地，数量超过10万多件。从东欧陶瓷、古董雕像、复古电子产品到珍贵餐具，在Papaya Studio你可以找到任何你能想到或没想到的物品。
Mr. Tong, the founder of the studio, has been an antique collector since he was a little boy. At the age of 21, he opened his first antique store as a college student. Since then, his lifelong affair with antiques has motivated him to travel to Europe every three months to search for more items to add to his collection. According to Mr. Tong, each antique is a teacher and a mentor, and like a fine wine, they only get better with age.
Boasting such an impressive array of items, Papaya Studio also serves as a resource for movie and photography shoots. Their services include prop and furniture rental, and they also rent studio space for wedding photos, fashion shoots, music videos, and movie shoots.
Prices are not listed on any of the items in Papaya Studio, so customers will need to consult with management to negotiate a price for items they wish to purchase. Certain items, no matter how high the buying offer, are not for sale, as they hold a special place in Mr. Tong’s collection. For Mr. Tong, money is not the final objective – he is primarily motivated by his emotional connection to these items and a burning desire to share his passion for antiques with others.
Soi Lat Phrao 55/2
Lat Phrao Rd., Wang Thonglang
Contributor & Photographer: George Zhi Zhao