Bear House is on Cha-Am Beach, a famous seaside resort town in central Thailand, three hours drive from
Bangkok. The brief is to renovate a three-storey building of eight metres wide and twenty-eight metres long,
utilizing an area of three-hundred and eighty square metres, turning it into a second home of the Sahawat family.
When the interior construction started, in December 2011, the boy of the family was two years old. A baby was
expected. In April 2012, Bear House was happily finished.
该项目业主是泰国Be@rbrick玩具收藏家Sittawat Sahawat 和 Nipapat Sahawat夫妇。他们十分热爱收集迈迪蔻玩
具公司(Medicom Toy) 推出的各式各样Be@rbrick公仔。Be@rbrick公仔外形简单，有着标志性的大肚腩。每个公
迷彩图案公仔是Sahawat家庭的主要藏品，有28厘米高的400% Be@rbricks公仔，和7厘米高的100% Be@rbrick
Bear House belongs to the Thai Be@rbrick collectors. Sittawat Sahawat and Nipapat Sahawat are siblings who
are fascinated by various sizes and styles of Be@rbrick toys, produced by the Japanese company Medicom Toy
Incorporated. Be@rbrick is an anthropomorphised bear with a simplified form and pot belly. Each plastic figure
features nine parts, namely head, torso, hips, arms, hands and legs. It has flexible joints and a swivelled head.
Many artists have created decorative patterns for the standard mould such as the British fashion designer Vivian
Westwood and Stash who is considered one of New York’s graffiti legends. In the Sahawat family’s collection,
the major figures are BAPE camouflage print. They are twenty-eight centimetres high and referred to as 400%
Be@rbricks as its actual size, or a 100% Be@rbrick, is seven centimetres high.
Size matters in Bear House. The design process does not start from the house itself but the Be@rbricks display
cabinet. It is thought of as a house of seventeen 400% Be@rbricks. It is composed of steps, ladders and voids
that fit the scale of twenty-eight centimetres tall figures. It occupies a whole wall of the dining room, linking
the house’s entry to the living area which is three stories high. The cabinet is a central piece and a model of the
house. It is made of light coloured oak wooden panels resembling the other main surfaces of the house. Bear
House is a bigger version of Be@rbricks’ display cabinet.
Miniature fixtures and oversize furniture are the features of Bear House. Lamps and pillows are oversize so that
the inhabitants may feel smaller than they actually are. The house has four sizes of doorknobs, customised for
different size of doors. They are sometimes too big for a child’s hand and too small for an adult’s hand. The
ladder that seems too high is one of the living area’s decorative elements. It leads the gaze high up to square
skylights, oversize voids, and windows of different scale. Every room on the upper floors overlook the hall of
An enlarged Be@rbrick’s ladder is placed in the master bedroom. It connects a space between the king size bed
and a single day bed in an elevated hole. There are two views from this day bed. Next to the hole is the three
stories hall overlooking the living area. The opposite side across the room is the sea view. In front of the master
bedroom stands a 1000% Be@rbrick of seventy centimetres high, painted in a pattern of police uniform. It is a
special collaboration between French label Paul&Joe and Medicom Toy. This 1000% Be@rbrick can be seen
from the living area on the second floor, the bedroom on the second floor, and the landing that links the stair
and the ramp towards the master bedroom.
小熊之家明亮而快乐。房屋的前部分分布着起居室和泳池。泰国著名的年轻涂鸦艺术家MMFK and P7为整个空
Bear House is bright and humorous. Its living room and swimming pool are the front part of the house. The
whole space is coloured by young Thai graffiti artists well known as MMFK and P7. In the living room, behind
the oversize sofa, MMFK paints a one-eye monster, dressed up as a sailor, whereas P7 paints a blue bear head
with striped eyebrows. Next to the swimming pool, on the wall of eleven metres long, MMFK illustrates the
cartoon representation of a bear devouring his iconic one-eye monster. P7 drew a black bear head with the
word ‘surf’ on its forehead. These illustrations are customised only for Bear House.
English text by M.L. Chittawadi Chitrabongs
Bear House by Onion , www.onion.co.th
Location : Cha-Am beach, Thailand
Completion : 2012
Owner : Nipapat Sahawat , Sittiwat Sahawat
Interior architect : Onion;,Arisara Chaktranon, Siriyot Chaiamnuay
Photographer : Wison Tungthanya