DRA House, Bali

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Pure Simplicity

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Mario Wibowo Photography

Unlike other holiday villas in Bali that combine the western concept of a retreat with Balinese exoticism, the DRA House in Sanur, a recent masterpiece of d-associates, is a vacation home crafted with simplicity and an understanding of the philosophy of the traditional Balinese compound, resulting in a humble abode fit for a tranquil time in the island.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (78th Edition) in 2017.

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House of Sampoerna, Surabaya

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Legend of Three Hands

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Bagus Tri Laksono & House of Sampoerna Doc.

Surabaya is known for its impressive–and well preserved–buildings that feature imperial and oriental style architectural styles. One of the city’s strongest architectural accents can be found its old quarter, where the House of Sampoerna sits. The stately, colonial-style compound features several buildings as well as a museum that tells the story of Liem Seeng Tee, the founder of the Sampoerna tobacco company.

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

Rinjani House, Malang

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House of Perfection

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Bagus Tri Laksono

A house is a home when the comfort of its occupants is a priority. That philosophy is evident in this heritage home, which dates back more than 80 years, and has undergone conservation that has led to minor changes, none of which have made the house any less unique or appealing. The residence, located in the city centre of Malang, East Java, has been redesigned by Hidajat Endramukti with some brilliant touches and without too much alteration of its original physical condition.

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

House of Lay, Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Island

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The Pin Kong Legacy

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Hongki Lisstiyadi

Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island is referred to as “Pin Kong” in some local Chinese dialects. The phrase is a portmanteau of “Pinang” and “kong”, which is Chinese for harbour. The city, which is the capital of Bangka-Belitung province, grew rapidly during the days of a lead mining rush in Kampung Air Mesu. The town boasts a long history that includes the saga of the Lay family, which emigrated from mainland China. One building that bears witness to the family’s storied history is the House of Lay.

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

Grha Wismilak, Surabaya

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The Story Around the Corner

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Bagus Tri Laksono & Wismilak Doc.

Surabaya is an old harbour town that has been long famous, even before colonial times, as seen in the carved copper plates of Trowulan I, which date to 1358, and in the Nagarakretagama manuscript that was written in 1365. Considering its long history, there’s no wonder that Surabaya has been graced by dozens of historical buildings in all corners of the city. One of such iconic building is Grha Wismilak, standing gracefully at the corner of one of Surabaya’s busiest intersections, with a new extension bearing a touch of colonial architecture that replicates the glory of old.

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

Furniture Product: Pranoto Mongso Chairs

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Chairs of Flair

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Levendig Doc.

In line with a commitment to preserve the nation’s heritage, Levendig includes visual elements of Indonesian culture in each of its innovations. In doing so, the interior design and-architecture firm allows its products to stand out with an internationally competitive edge. One of Levendig’s efforts to globally introduce Indonesian culture is by showcasing the designs of 12 chairs that feature 12 batik patterns unique to cities across Java, in a collection called “Pranoto Mongso”.

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

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.

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