Monday, July 22, 2013

The Allure Of Durian

Love it or hate it, everyone has a strong opinion the first time they encounter durian. Its legendary smell is so off-putting that many people can't even think about eating it. The brave ones who let the fruit pass through their lips often experience a powerful gag reflex. But those who love durian relish in its tender flesh and unique flavor. This highly fragrant fruit is sold on carts all over Thailand. Crack one open and it looks like a giant oyster, its insides soft and golden.

Ann and Jonah choose the perfect durian, examining, smelling touching and of course, tasting before buying.
The allure for me was the shape not the taste. I am firmly in the hate it camp. The round orbs, which grow on trees, are heavy and dotted with spikes lending it a very architectural feel. On a recent trip to Chiang Mai, I worked with a group of wood workers  to re-create this funky looking fruit into an object of art. Using the most perfect durian as their model, these wonderful vessels were created. The top opens up for hidden storage, a perfect place for amulets and charms to bring you luck. The durian objet d'art can be found in the shop. Follow here to add it to your home.

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