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Conserving Heritage Buildings

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Conserving Heritage Buildings

Story by Danang Triratmoko and Anton Adianto | Photo by Danang Triratmoko

The concept of conserving heritage buildings is still unfamiliar to Indonesians. That a building can be categorised as a heritage structure remains a novelty. In reality, regulations concerning heritage buildings are stated in the 2010 Heritage Conservation Law and in several Jakarta regulations.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (13th Anniversary Edition) in 2016.


A Story of Movie Posters


That Thing You Drew

Story by Anton Adianto 

For many people, unwinding on the weekend with a good movie in a cozy cinema is a luxury that is guaranteed to wash away the fatigue and stress caused by their daily workloads. Stepping inside the theater building, moviegoers are immediately distracted by a wide selection of film posters. Posters are one of the most effective promotional tools for a film, usually created with bold designs and with a history that dates back almost a century.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (76thEdition) in 2016.

100 Million Dollar Club Yachts


100 Million Dollar Club Yachts

Story by Anton Adianto

Famed musician David Lee Roth from the heavy metal group Van Halen once made a tongue in cheek comment, “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.” Long considered the ultimate nautical symbol of wealth and luxury, owning a yacht means having to cough up tens to hundreds millions of dollars to first purchase the boat, and then millions of dollars again to pay for the crew, fuel and maintenance. Many luxury yachts are built at a cost of more than 100 million dollars. Below is a list of the most luxurious ones which are well known for their famous owners, their sheer size and cost and, most importantly, their marvelous designs.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (75th Edition) in 2016.

Architects and Their Signature Styles


Styles that Rocked the World

Story by Anton Adianto

It is indeed difficult to talk about architecture without delving into the process of planning, designing and constructing. When the Roman architect Vitruvius gave his view about architecture through his book ‘De Architectura,’ the three basic architectural elements for an ideal building were born: firmitas, utilitas, venustas (sturdiness, usefulness, beauty). Yet the most interesting concepts of architecture that we are familiar with today were developed and improved in the 19th and 20th century. Famed architects of this era presented norms, which are then developed into today’s architecture styles. The same norms also allow prominent names in the design world to devise their greatest works. These styles eventually ensure that the field of architecture is something that is long lasting, a subject that is unchanged by time and all of the dynamics that follow it.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (12th Anniversary Edition) in 2015.

Best Interior Designs in Film



Unfading Beauty

Story by Anton Adianto

Visual charm in a movie’s interior design is largely influenced by its décor. Impeccable works by art directors and set decorators are keys to bringing out impressive settings that support the essence of the story. Precise furniture placement and detailed ornamentation are some of the major success indicators of a film to present the perfect set design. It is more impressive to note that some production designers in a film have proven to be vastly knowledgeable about interior design as well as history of architecture. It is therefore completely understandable how their works in certain films could inspire a lot of professional interior and product designers in creating their works today.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (69th Edition) in 2015.

8 Luxurious Cars in Film



Geared for Grandeur

Story by Anton Adianto

The Guinness Book of Records notes that the most expensive car ever purchased was a 1963 model Ferrari 250 GTO, bought by an anonymous private buyer from Paul Pappalardo, a Connecticut-based car collector, for US$52 million. On film, expensive cars abound, especially with the large number of films depicting fast cars and racing plots, complete with their luxurious settings. Notable vehicles driven by the likes of Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, and Nicolas Cage, are just several of the most coveted items wanted by private collectors around the world. Even more impressive is that the value of those cars multiplies significantly, compared with their original price, after appearing for just a few minutes on the silver screen.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (67th Edition) in 2015.

Top 12 Unforgettable Houses in Film



Houses That Have Become Unforgettable

Story by Anton Adianto

Human beings are not the only beings who need a shelter or a place to live. In fact, a dwelling is one of the basic needs of most of living creatures on earth. This place to live becomes one of the aspects of reality that is brought to life on the big screen. Some of the houses depicted in the movies are especially constructed for the film while others make use of existing structures. Regardless of the plot, several homes that have been immortalized on screen managed to enjoy as much fame as the actors, screenwriters and directors due to their unforgettable enchantment.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (66th Edition) in 2015.