Soomkai charity

D E S I G N | makes a difference

The skillful hands making the Soomkai

 Soomkai betyder hönsbur på thailändska.Ursprungligen kom idén att göra lampskärm
av hönsburen när Jimmy var och
hälsade på sina vänner Ann&Per Magnus i Thailand.
Soomkai lampan är handgjord med samma traditionsbundna teknik  som hönsburen av kunniga hantverkare vilka fick väl betalt för sitt arbete.Bambu lampan sändes sedan med båt till Sverige och
såldes framgånsrikt av Watt&veke i Skandinavien.
10 % av vinsten gick till välgörenhet.Resorna som Per Magnus, Ann och Jimmy gjorde
till Thailande och till Templet för välgörenheten betalades
av dem själva. Aldrig av vinsten från Soomkai.År 2011 så fanns det bara en typ av taklampa
som såg ut som en thailändsk hönsbur,men 2015 så syntes fler än 10 sorter dyrare eller
billigare varianter. Därav så kommer vi inte tillverka
Soomkai längre utan fortsätta med nya projekt.Vi tackar alla köpare av vår Soomkai.
DU gjorde allt detta möjligt. 
Vi skulle aldrig kunna ha
hjälpt HIV barnhemmet om det inte var för dig och den
framgångsrika försälningen gjord av Watt&veke.
Hjärtligt tack för det!

Soomkai means chicken coop in thai.The idea of making the  chicken coop into a lamp came to Jimmy while visiting
his friends Per Magnus 
and Ann in Thailand.
The Soomkai lamp is hand made,
with the same ancient bamboo technique as the chicken coop, by skillful handymen
that were paid well for their work.The bamboo lamp was shipped to Sweden by boat and sold successfully by Watt&Veke
in Scandinavia. The trips made by Per Magnus,Ann and Jimmy to Thailand and to the Tempel
were never financed by the profit of Soomkai.10% of the profit was given to charity.
2011 at Stockholm Fair Formex there were only one bamboo lamp made like a Thai chicken
cage, 2015 there were more than 10 types of both cheaper and more expensive versions.
Therefore we will not produce Soomkai anymore and move on to new projects.We thank all of the buyers of our Soomkai.YOU made all of this possible.We could have never helped the HIV orphanage
if it was not for you and the successful sales of Watt&veke. THANK YOU!

Per Magnus Persson, Ann Thaninsitthirat Persson & Jimmy Schönning

All photos by Per Magnus Persson

Boys at the HIV Orphanage

The happy trio

Meeting the children at the Wat Prah Bat Nam Pu HIV orphanage

 Soomkai lamp 

Thank you for your kindness 


B A N G K O K | thailand

Barefoot on the balcony

After a flight of 10 hours I landed at sunrise in Bangkok. The warm air and humidity that greets you as you walk out of the plane is always  a pleasant shock.  Grabbed a taxi to beat the morning traffic and went to my friends in Soi 6(area in Bkk)in time for breakfast. So good to see Ann&PM again! Had a coffey and took my shoes off and went out on the balcony. 
So good to be back in Bangkok.

Love the scent&sight of Frangi Panny flowers.

Night time at the oasis. Buddhism is present everywhere.

Loving the overflowing green balcony.


B A M B O O | art

In 2010 I was invited to come to my friends Per Magnus and Ann Persson in Thailand. I had resisted for a long time. Will tell you about that another time... 

Apart from falling in love with almost everything I saw I found the most simple of bamboo cages everywhere. The cages used for chickens I saw as lampshades.  So that´s what we did. We worked with the skilled men who knows the technique of using bamboo and make this traditional work into a lamp shade instead of a cage. Watt&veke sold the lamp sucesesssfully and we gave 10 % of the profit back to Thailand.  

We wanted our Soomkai to give back to Thailand so we decided to give from the profit to the HIV Orhpanage Dramaraksa Children Home run by Alongkot Dikkapanyo, head monk of Wa Phra Baht Nam Phu Buddhist temple. 

Extremely proud Jimmy at the tempel in Thailand after donating to the Orphanage. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

The first prototype of my lamp called Soomkai that in Thai means Chicken cage. Photo by Per Magnus Persson 

First studio shoot with the Soomkai

Last year I saw the work of Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich from his show at The Met fith Ave in NYC. He more than anyone understands and work with bamboo. I just fell in love with his sculptures. See below part of his work and google his name for more. 
Right now I am waiting for a prototype of lamp that has been  inspired by his art that I truly appreciate. 
Below this post you also see two videos with Sopheap Pich work and an interview.  Enjoy!


Sopheap Pich

Sopheap Pich

Sopheap pich

Interview with Sopheap Pich

NYC gallery presenting Sopheap Pich bamboo art