rh prince Narisaranuvattiwongse has been called, among other things, the Great Craftsman, Siam’s Great Artist and the Design Prince. The son of King Rama IV and halfbrother of King Rama V was a talented artist and became principal court designer, but when Prince Naris, as he is better known, began to draw there was no Siamese concept of design. Fine and applied arts were not taught at universities, there were no art books and no art museums. With a deep understanding of local craftsmanship, he started to put on paper his designs and renderings. After his death in 1947, these sketches and drawings remained at his Ban Plainern Palace. His great-grandaughter, ML Chittawadi Chitrabongs, has sifted through the folders and crumbling paper bags to find, identify and organise the images which have been compiled into a book Prince Naris: A Siamese Designer. The book, published by Serindia and launched late last month by the Naris Foundation, is divided into four categories—buildings, human figures, animal figures and alphabetical letters—and contains many designs that have never before been published. The author is the daughter of MR Chakrarot and is an assistant professor at Chulalongkorn University’s Architecture Department with a PhD from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.