Multipurpose shop-cafe hybrids seem to be an emerging trend amongst the latest retail spaces springing up around town, with artisan coffee and bakery goods served alongside clothing and accessories being a popular choice for owners. This could be considered a clever move by combining Bangkokians’ love for shopping and eating, especially in the next trendy spot that provides social media opportunities with its food and decor.
Just off the busy Asok Montri Road and only a short walk away from the canal pier and Phetchaburi MRT station is a quirky venue that fuses an ice cream parlour with an artistic toy shop for a fun concept. Mafia Factory, which produces the Thai brand CE (Creative Enhancement) Planet range of toy figurines, shares the space with Moody Ice Cream thereby enabling customers to stop by for dessert whilst checking out the collection of pop culture collectibles designed by Thai and international artists in the large wall display across the room. Their focus is on distinctive and imaginative products and services that aims to promote and enhance creativity as well as being part of one’s “unique” lifestyle.
The CE figures come in 3.5 inch plastic and 10 inch resin versions, with the former available in a range of colours and designs including those that glow-in-the-dark and limited editions (and convention exclusives), as well as blank customisable toys for those preferring one-of-a-kind personalised pieces. The removable and switchable heads and helmets resembles the mix-and-match concept of Lego toys for different looks with an otherwise simple design. These will appeal to those wanting to showcase their creativity and imagination using the figures as their canvas or toy enthusiasts looking for contemporary and unusual pieces to add to their collection whilst supporting local designers.
Other products on display include the Apologies to Banksy range of urban vinyl figures inspired by the works of the elusive British street artist renowned for his satirical graffiti epigrams such as the Rude Copper and Laugh Now monkey characters. These can be left alone as they are in a plain white finish for a minimalistic look or customised with pens and paints, particularly with the monkey figure having a sandwich board space to write a message on.
In addition to their presence at Bangkok Comic Con, activities such as toy exhibitions, markets, and live art performances are planned for the space. Meanwhile, a rotating selection of pieces will be available for sale in the shop as a mini exhibition for the featured designers.
The Moody Cafe side offers a range of mainly classic yet flavoursome ice cream flavours presented in a cute way. Japanese-inspired sets such as the Takoyaki features a choice of 6 mini scoops served on an indented plate in addition to a compact menu of colourful ice cream floats and sodas that provide a cool respite from the hot climate outside. The name itself is a playful suggestion that their frozen treats can help improve one’s mood, with the slogan “Ice cream solves everything” seen on the counter.
Moody Ice Cream Cafe x Mafia Toy Art Gallery
255 Room 104, Sukhumvit 21 (Asok Montri Road)
Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana
Opening hours: Daily 11am-10pm