Paris Van Java

By Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in Indonesia Design. In the historic city that retains a colonial and old world charm is a memorable resort lifestyle destination that brings back the glory days of Paris of Java. Only a few minutes away from Pasteur tollgate will take you to astrategic spot of Bandung’s hip and happening.For some people, Paris Van Java (PVJ) is a perfect place to shop ‘til you drop, whilst others love to immerse in its café culture. Or, simply spend quality ti … [Read more...]

Click Square – A Digital Hub

By Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in Indonesia Design  Originally operated as a shopping mall, this ten-storey building has now been transformed into a technology hub that plays host to communities and players in the creative industry. Soft launched in March 2017 with a grand opening held in May, Click Square has its own story to tell. The property was previously known as BeMall, strategically situated along Jalan Naripan, one of the busiest streets in Bandung. After … [Read more...]

To Start or not to Start Your Own Business

By Chris Andre To live in the modern age like today is truly a blessing. Most people don’t realize that, as civilizations get older, our human life does get easier and easier. Just twenty years ago, the cell phones were rather bleak in colors and designs. Today, we have everything in one small, rectangular screen. Along with that is the democratization of work, too. Thirty years ago people had to come to the office no matter what, but these days you can literally work anytime, anywhere (hello … [Read more...]

Diageo presents Whisky Experience by Singleton and Johnnie Walker®

  Diageo presents 'Whisky Experience' at Red & Co Plaza Indonesia on the evenings of July 13th and 14th, and invites whisky lovers to experience the best ways to enjoy scotch whiskies. The Whisky Experience is presented by The Singleton of Glen Ord™ and world’s best selling scotch whisky Johnnie Walker™ from Diageo RESERVE’s multi-award winning portfolio of fine spirits, rich in heritage, craftsmanship and innovation. "Enjoying whisky is a unique experience combining aroma, flavour … [Read more...]

Audemars Piguet’s CEO: “We Didn’t Cancel Our Creativity”

Originally was published in DA MAN Caliber 2016 TIME TO PLAY. François-Henry Bennahmias injects his witty and sharp personality into the business side of Audemars Piguet. The passionate CEO speaks of the company’s past and present to Chris Andre Business with attitude is what separates the winners from the rest of the players on the field. Such is the case with Audemars Piguet, a leading Swiss watchmaker that has been around since 1875. The last four years signaled what is perhaps the i … [Read more...]

The High Life: Alila Solo’s Agra Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Words: Aulia R. Sungkar Photos: Bagus Tri Laksono Originally published in Indonesia Design Magazine, Sept-Oct. 2016 issue Solo is known for its culinary treats, including the city’s plethora of F&B establishments that are open until the wee hours. Going up to the 29th floor of Alila Solo is Agra Rooftop Bar & Lounge, the highest entertainment venue in Central Java that has attracted a hip crowd since its opening in March. Clad in contemporary design, this Solo’s only rooftop han … [Read more...]

Putting the Boot in

Words & photos: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post. Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland is forging ahead the Asia Pacific region with the opening of new stores. Stewart Whitney is pointing at a pair of yellow, eight-hole boots at the Timberland’s recently-opened Bali store. “Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original boot. The model is the epitome of timeless style.” The legendary, iconic yellow boot is synonymous with the brand, whi … [Read more...]

Legendary Leica

By: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post. In its centennial celebration, Leica is greeting photography enthusiasts with its new models and Indonesian maiden store.   It was in 1914 when German optical engineer Oskar Barnack constructed Ur-Leica, the world’s first 35mm still picture camera. His historic invention later led to the birth of 35 mm photography, and more models of Leitz Camera (Leica) have ever since brought to the table. Today, the name Lei … [Read more...]

Keeping the Brunswick legacy alive

The most recognized name in pool tables, Brunswick Billiards, has established a presence in Jakarta, aiming to tap into a new market in Indonesia’s lifestyle industry.  Brunswick Indonesia officially opened its first showroom in Menteng, Central Jakarta, at the beginning of this year. “The growth of the upper class segment and the increasing number of high net worth individuals have paved the way for growing demand for leisure activities in Indonesia. And this is what has built our busi … [Read more...]

$30.1 million for Andy Warhol’s ‘selfie’

Before there was the “selfie,” there was the self-portrait. And a series of six made by Andy Warhol sold for US$30.1 million in New York on Wednesday, May 14th,  according to The Associated Press. According to Sotheby's, the portraits were first shown in 1986 at Warhol’s only show dedicated to self-portraits. London gallery owner Anthony D’Offay recalls in the series catalog: "I realised two things: first that Warhol was without question the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century, an … [Read more...]