TCDC - Thailand Creative & Design Centre in Bangkok
A Great Library in Emporium Shopping Mall, Attractions
Asia's first design learning and resource facility, the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), was established to foster the country's creativity and inspire innovative ideas among design professionals and entrepreneurs. TCDC is part of the Thai government's attempt to build Thailand as a knowledge-based society under the supervision of the Office of Knowledge Management and Development.
According to Pansak Vinyaratn, Chairman of the TCDC, Thailand can no longer compete with other countries in terms of lower labour costs. "To maintain competitiveness in the global market, we need to capitalise on creativity in designing products and services to better meet with market requirements. Thailand has to further boost export revenues in a bid to keep its trade position in surplus," he said. "To be able to achieve these targets, we need to make knowledge more accessible to people, that will inspire their creativity and enable them to develop their product originality. The TCDC is the source of knowledge and self-experience with an atmosphere that stimulates imagination and creativity."
The 4,490 square metre TCDC is located on the sixth floor of The Emporium Shopping Complex, and houses state-of-the-art facilities like the largest design library in Asia with over 15,000 design books, related publications, as well as a large selection of films, video and other multimedia work. There's a permanent exhibition that provides basic design knowledge from all over the world and leading design centres, a 130-seat convention facility, a creative space for new generation designers to display their work at no expense, a shop and a restaurant.
The TCDC is a nationally funded public organisation created through an initiative of the Royal Thai Government. The establishment of an extensive material library is Material Connexion Bangkok (MCB). This will be the fourth (and only Asian) branch of the internationally renowned Material Connexion. Acknowledging the importance of understanding and utilising the latest and most innovative materials in design, the TCDC has chosen to provide Thai people with this international standard materials resource centre. It will enable all interested Thai designers and manufacturers to have access to the widest and most up-to-date materials base, so as to inspire their creativity in the development of new ideas and products.
The venue itself is as trendy and hip as the objectives driving the project, and well worth a visit for anyone interested in all things creative and cool.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (everyday except Monday)
- Location: 6th floor, the Emporium, Sukhumvit Road
- BTS: Phrom Phong
- Tel: (66) 2 664 8448