Satine Premium: Dingklik

I’d like to repost an old project. The name is Satine Premium. It is a project done by my friends and I. Our team consist of 5 young designers. We focused on producing quality furnitures. Our first product was called ‘Dingklik’. In Indonesian, dingklik is a short legged chair and we adopted that term in our design. Basically we started everything from zero. Brainstorming, designing, photoshoots, craftsman, marketing, you name it! It was a long process that we all cherished and enjoyed! We also offered accessories to go with the furniture, making it thematic! Take a look.

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pop art!

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We also had the privilege to join a local one day bazaar in one of Surabaya’s shopping centre and that was also fun, we get to set up a booth and meet people. It was a nice experience to work with a great team and we all definitely gained a lot of knowledge and skills.


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Hola Mexicola!

DSC09213  I love Bali! Not only for its beaches and culture. It is an island full of inspiration! Especially for people such as myself who chose to drown themselves in the industry of the creative. Of course credit goes to the renowned tourism! Bali offers variety of hospitality, arts and crafts heaven and oh not to forget, food. All of it done for the sake of pleasure! It’s not a secret that tourism has long been one of the vital economical source and growth of Bali. But inside those businesses, it’s competition! So one way to win is to stand out.

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My friend introduced me to this motel and restaurant in Jl Kayu Jati Seminyak, which I thought was quite fascinating. Instead of going with the mainstream natural style, contemporary, modern or luxurious, it chooses to go with… Mexico!

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Hexagonal tiles, flowers, the contrast of blue and orange, dim lights, reflective small ornaments on the ceiling

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Must love the candle!

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The open space area. I kinda get a little bit of a Middle Eastern feeling looking at the architectural shape on the back.

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Uses vintage (not in a West European or American kind of way) looking furniture and gets the hip out of it! Using bright colors for the seat. It compliments the chair. Brilliant!

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The walls are illustrated also in bright colors, even the pillars!

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Le ceiling

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It’s laid back and outdoorsy.

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The design of the partitions are also nice

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This is the area outside, like a porch. It is visible from the street. The tiles are gorgeous! It’s got fruits!

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Another decorative element! The partition, flowers, bench, green decks and pineapple wall tiles! Perfect!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the interior of the motel which is probably as cool.

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Oh, and of course I tried their delicious food! It’s Calamole with Mexican tortilla chips!

So there is this store…

What I like about exploring is that sometimes in the middle of the journey we get to experience the fun of discovery. Those little things that we spontaneously come across the way is what lights up the journey even more. It’s like happy surprises and who doesn’t like surprises?

As I wander through an area in Seminyak Bali (nearby the Petittenget beach). I came across this interior accessories shop, and fell in love with it right away. Too bad I forgot to note the name of the shop. But I loved it too much so I’m going to post it anyway LOL.DSC09217

Who says design has to be complicated? Look at these wooden plates. The plates’ shape, the color combination, the striping is just so simple, neat but so sophisticated!

DSC09220The wooden tables are also lovely and again very simply done.

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This is one way they manage to arrange their product in order to display them. The bowls are displayed together with the decorative pineapples. It’s nice to see such contrast. The bowls which looks very natural (wooden material) are displayed next to synthetic material made decorative element which takes the form of a natural thing: pineapple. A modern pineapple! They have a lot of goods displaying pineapples by the way (if you’re into pineapples of course).  Nevertheless, I also like the shelve. This shelve looks so DIY but it matches the interior’s atmosphere. Kind of urban yet mild. A black and white photograph of a local man wearing a traditional headpiece is put behind the shelve framed in black. Hmm… Culturally conscious. I like it!

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Last but not least! These beautifully arranged vases. What’s not to love?

Grand Inna Kuta Bali’s Breeze Resto and Lobby Interior Design

I have always find it exciting to go to new places, experience the atmosphere and learn as well! So my visit to Bali around the mid of November brought me to get a look at Grand Inna’s interior. Grand Inna Hotel is located right next to the famous Kuta beach. Just fyi. Anyway, the Breeze Resto is quite interesting to review. I guess the interior design concept is about the intimacy with nature while adding industrial touches to it. Since it has a straight view to the beach, the interior tries to put a lot of industrial style.

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This idea is to create a creative lamp installation. This is obviously industrial! The hanging shelve construction is made out of metal (painted black) and it is hung to the ceiling. Whereas jars are put with light bulbs in it. So whenever the light is turned on, results in illuminating jars!

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Now these lamps are interesting. I find the shape very simple yet beautiful! It’s ethnic (I think it looks like a traditional something) and the finishing of the material, which is bronze and rusty adds that industrial sphere to it. Vintage!

The ceiling of the room is kept raw without finishing. It reminds me a bit to the ceiling design of Beachwalk Kuta by the way. A modification is done as well at this part. At some distances, an up ceiling is present. Creating this geometrical shape cut. Though that cut, they allow a little bit of sun in, just a little bit.

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Again to add the industrial style, a pillar is designed in a geometric way with a synthetic material reminiscing rattan. Look how the color is a contrast to the side columns which are simply white with a wooden touch. The color resembles the floor though.

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At the entrance of the restaurant, an installation of a semi-partition is present. It is made out of a synthetic material reminiscing rattan. Also in a geometrical shape. It gives the first impression of getting into a cave before going into the restaurant, but the ‘cave’ is seen through enough. Thanks to the arrangement of the design.

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Now that the interior colors are mostly dark and earthy I’d say, the chairs enhances the interior with its bright appealing colors. Orange, happy green! Green plants are also put it in not only for the natural feel but also for color.

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At the other side of the wall, wooden solids are put together, and behind it there is an insulation I guess, it is ripped a little in an ordered manner for texture. Very industrial!

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Now at the lobby, I also found an interesting feature! They have this up ceiling with traditional woven fabrics in it for decoration. The fabrics consisted of different colors and the combination is gorgeous making me wanna stare at it all day LOL. To make it even more pretty, a hidden lamp is set on the sides to light up those details of the woven fabric. I’m in love!

Recycled Chair Project

Once in a while I would refer designers as magicians. Their job include fretting with the un-yet-known, perform some ‘magic tricks’ and then shazam! There it is the 1:1. Nonetheless, at the end of the show their expectations are pretty much similar. A nodding head with a smile, positive astonishment, perhaps flowers if they please or a standing ovation might do. Well now I’m exaggerating. Their core similarity is creating something out of the nothing or a thing out of a something.DSC_0381

This project was a college assignment, in which the students had to create a seating facility, may it be a chair or a sofa, anything. Now the theme of this project was ‘recycled materials furniture’. What’s designed should be made of previously used things.

So here’s mine. I made a chair with the main reused material of iron cloth hangers! Where did the idea come from? Well I wanted to use a material which isn’t likely to be seen as a too obviously possible material for a seating. Considering the choice of material, I chose the iron over the plastic ones because it needed to be rigid and I thought iron was easier to work with (bending, attaching, etc). However, although made of iron, it can’t be used as a solo, meaning that I needed a bunch of iron hangers, otherwise the product would be frail. Yep, call me a magician wanna-be! I wanted that ta-da moment at the very end LOL. Anyway, the ideas I had previously developed:

  1. To create the seating part out of arranged hangers. Arranging the hangers to create a round shape. But then I scratched the idea because just thinking of it, imagining of how uncomfortable it must feel to sit on a patterned seat out of iron and not to forget the mark it probably will leave on the human body. So thinking about the further structure was even out of question.
  2. To create a chair, seat + armrest + backrest, by bending and attaching the hangers to one another to great a rigid piece. I was in love with the idea! I had imagined adding 3 Scandinavian style wooden legs to it, paint the iron, and add a groovy pillow, but… unfortunately I couldn’t find a craftsman who was able to bend and attach the iron.

The final product had to be functional yet aesthetic, and the idea definitely didn’t appear overnight. The process include experimenting with the material, arranging, combining, get it wrong, do it all over again, try another method, get more material, do discussions with the lecturer, with a few craftsman etc. Well basically that’s called studying at a design student level.

So finally a bright halogen lamp appeared at my head and this is how I arranged it.

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2 hangers combined making a module,

And combining them all results in this. Attaching them by molding iron on parts of the hanger.3DNYAAAAA

This is a 3D model I made it to have a rough sketch of the design.

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And voila! Eventually I made the hangers as the leg structure. Combining them creates a very rigid structure and I was surprised yet relieved to find that the arrangements of the raw form of hangers turns out to be quite aesthetic! Adding a seat out of plywood, pillow and a backrest and that’s a wrap! It was a long process, it took a lot of time, energy and hard work, but it paid off. At the end of the day, I had fun designing it, exploring new forms and I was also pretty content with the final result. Of course I wouldn’t have done this without the help of my friends, lecturer and craftsman.

Somba Opu

Somba Opu is also a fort in Makassar. It is now known for its place of traditional houses of Southern Sulawesi. There are indeed a lot! I took the pictures from the car, it’s like a safari (with no animals of course LOL), yay! Shall we?

 

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The houses are wonderful. It would be nice for tourist to be able to see the interior of the house though (we can’t enter it, only from outside). Unfortunately, I think it’s not being taken care so well. The government should pay more attention to it, to enhance it as a better tourist object. It’s got potential!

Fort Rotterdam Makassar

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Fort Rotterdam was one of the most historical places I got to visit in Makassar. It is an authentic site in Makassar’s history, a milestone of the Dutch’s colonization throughout the era.

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It is located near the Losari beach. In fact back then before the nowadays development, the fort was actually very near to the sea. Boats could even attach their ropes to the fort. One of the most interesting part of this fort, is when you take a look from above, the arrangement of the building – the architectural plan – looks like sea turtle! Today, it is used as a museum about Southern Sulawesi. Let’s take a look!

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This is the entrance of the area. If you pay attention to the stones, you can see that the stone are still original. It survived hundreds of years, I’m impressed!

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This is the pastor’s house and the picture beneath is is what used to be a church. There’s also a hospital. Houses of the generals, houses to keep food and spices, a house to keep prison (Pangeran Diponegoro was held as a prisoner there, he is regarded as one of Indonesia’s national hero). Literally it’s a community.

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This is a way to get to the upper side, we have to get through a sort of tunnel which was very low for the head. As I asked the question to the guide, he said that the tunnel was intended for rolling the canons to the upper side, that’s why the ceiling was built so low.

Let’s get to the museum! They preserve a lot of information about Southern Sulawesi’s history, culture and of course about the fort itself.

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This is an original scripture about La Galigo (a Southern Sulawesi character) in an ancient language and writing. It is so ancient that there is no one in the world who can read it (according to the guide). The content consist of stories and guidance about life. It’s like a bible to people back then I guess. There is also another script which is older and it is kept in a museum in Leiden – Netherlands. I’d like to see it one day.

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This is a replica of the queen’s crown. It’s beautifully carved, amazing detail and it looks very heavy LOL. Makes me wonder what kind of technology they used back then to produce such original piece!

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This is the traditional woven textile of Southern Sulawesi. From left to right. Makassar, Toraja and Bugis. The Toraja one has put their traditional house as a pattern.

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This is the traditional wedding ceremony decoration where they put the newly-weds as queen and king of the day. In front of it they lay food and cover it with the hat like red cups. It’s not actually a cup, it’s made from textile. The food is brought by the groom as one of the gift for the bride. Looks like a lot of dishes huh! Mostly it’s snacks. On the sides you can see textiles, and those are the traditional textile that the groom wears at the wedding. Very typical Indonesian weddings. The more the merrier!

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Out of the museum, there is also an artist! His name is Zainal Beta and he is a clay painter and has been doing it since the 70’s. What is a clay painter? Well, literally he paints with clay! You should see his work, even I’m amazed. He can paint in just 2 minutes! As I take a look from one painting to the other, he has put different colors of paint (I mean clay). I asked him how that’s possible. He said that each clay from each region has their own color. So he has to hunt clay from different places to get different colors for his work. His work is also published at the Losari beach art exhibition place. Look at the self portrait of him and yep it’s made from clay! Because I loved it so much, I got myself one of his amazing work!

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As I was walking with the guide, we came across this English club! Apparently, there is a place in Fort Rotterdam that is occasionally used for learning English. I got the chance to talk a little with the teacher and the students. I had a blast! They are very smart! About the teacher, or I’d say ‘Your Majesty’! I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to meet one of the last descendent of Gowa and Makassar’s royal! He is the grandson of the last Gowa’s King and the grandson of the last Makassar’s king! Not just 1 but 2 or even 3 crowns if I’m not mistaken. He told me his real name. Probably because he is a royal descendant his name is incredibly long, I can’t even recall it. It has I think 10-20 names. I was like stunned but then he said ‘Just call me Daeng Lala’. That’s a relieve LOL! He is an English teacher and he can do a New Castle (I think) accent and he also owns a certificate for it.

As a ¼ Bugis (my Datuk (grandpa) is a Bugis) I find it fascinating to learn about the heritage that I partly came from! And I am so happy to be able to come to this part of Indonesia. Learnt the history, met the king, what a day! I had a blast! To close the day I got to try the original Makassar’s dish: Fish!