The Family Tradition
The Buerens were among the first foreigners in Bangkok who built classic Thai wooden housed as homes. They entertain their guests there, sitting on the floor in the traditional manner, thus expressing the Thai cultural traditions in all aspects of living, dining and entertainment.
The Bueren family live together in a cluster of traditional houses in a lush compound in the middle of Bangkok. The new generation sons Sri and Nicki, have already taken the reins of the family business and together of handcrafted artistic creations- thus preserving a slice of old Siam, Asian tradition and the beauties of nature as long as this is possible.
Being a family company adds a very distinctive element to the designs, materials, and products and is important to the clients as well as in family enterprises. For the Buerens, artistic considerations often take precedence over profit considerations- thus resulting in the fabulous designs known as Lotus Arts de Vivre
The Story of Lotus Arts de Vivre
Lotus Arts de Vivre began as a hobby business of Helen von Bueren in Bangkok when her sons left home to study abroad. From its start as a personal hobby, the company has flourished to become the success story it is known today, an international brand name synonymous with one-of-a-kind creations of rare and exquisite beauty, sold in elegant Lotus Arts de Vivre boutiques located in some of the world’s top luxury hotels and famous jewelry stores such as Fred Leighton and Greenleaf & Crosby
With almost no advertising, Lotus Arts de Vivre achieved success mainly through word of mouth. Early patrons of Lotus Arts de Vivre products who received admiring compliments on their uniquely designed jewelry and accessories were keen to recommend Lotus Arts de Vivre to others.
The key factors in the successful rise of Lotus Arts de Vivre are the artistic design, the uniqueness of the materials used, and the superior craftsmanship of its products
Lotus Arts de Vivre strives to produce its creations from as many natural materials as possible, including even the simplest of nature’s forms, with the aim of bringing some of the elements of nature’s beauty into urban homes.
Lotus Arts de Vivre’s use of such a wide range of natural materials, such as seeds, claws, nuts, coconut shells, sting ray leather, ostrich and emu eggs, scarab wings, ebony and teal woods, sea shells, bamboo, and rattan is possible because of the highly skilled craftsmanship available in Thailand. The use of natural materials nowadays is limited because the diverse shapes of natural materials do not allow the application of industrial processed. This is where Thai skills-as well as the Thai character- adds ingenuity, as the Thai nature is highly individualistic and prefers inventiveness rather than repetitive work.
And this is the core value that is so fundamental to Lotus Arts de Vivre, Thai-ness. When Rolf von Bueren first arrived in Thailand in 1962, one of his first impressions was the abundance of food and natural resources, and the intricate skill applied to minute aspects of daily life, such as traditional Thai fruit carving that creates “art one can eat” , the painstakingly delicate preparations of the famous Thai flower garlands ,and the excellence and artistic presentation of the cuisine. Rolf recognized that the casual manner of the Thais when they carried out such a high degree of artistry in their everyday life was a reflection of a very refined culture.
Thais, like other Asians, are often so iminersed in their own extraordinary customs that it takes the objective eye if a foreigner to see them, and apply these unique practices in another fashion.
Lotus Arts de Vivre owes a great to Thailand and Asia: frequent travels to all parts of Asia further the mix of Thai and Asian design and materials, adapted to Western usage with unique Lotus Arts de Vivre creative flair.
It is important that Thailand still has a functional Royal Court that remains a focal point of society. Her Majesty the Queen remains the strongest force in preserving the country’s cultural heritage and traditional craftsmanship, and Lotus Arts de Vivre tries to follow her lead.
The Lotus Creation
Craftsmanship has become rare in the west and Lotus Arts de Vivre also owes much to Thai and Asian craftsmen whose precious artistry can become lost in contemporary industrial societies. Lotus Arts de Vivre is proud to have resisted the temptation to enter into mass production, and instead remains a producer of mainly single-piece jewelry and accessories. Lotus Arts de Vivre has contributed its share in preserving some of the traditional skills that were under siege from machine-made factory products.
In additional to the one-of-a-kind pieces, Lotus Arts de Vivre also covers every aspect of elegant living, from home décor to cutlery, travel accessories, sunglasses, new and antique furniture, shoes, belts, carpets superior Kashmir products and great paintings from all over Asia. Lotus Arts de Vivre tries to enhance every aspect of living-a highly challenging undertaking.
And the rewards are huge. First of all, the tremendous fun experienced while producing the numerous items injects a passion into the Bueren family routine which is difficult to describe. Then, there are the glamourous clients, who range from royalty, to heads of state , to movie stars, captains for industry ,and high-profile celebrities, many of whom are often friends as well as clients.
Lotus Arts de Vivre & Tesori
Tesori is proud to be a partner of Lotus Art de Vivre, the creators of our range of home decoration pieces. LadV began as a hobby of Helen von Bueren in Bangkok when her sons left home to study abroad. Now, the sons, Sri and Nicky have taken the reins of the family business and together have crafted artistic creations that preserve a slice of old Siam, Asian tradition and the beauties of nature, Being a family business adds a very disctinct element to the designs, materialsm and products produced by the company.