City Within City

Jakarta is experiencing an unprecedented boom in integrated superblocks where living, shopping, working and entertainment are conjoined into a lifestyle destination. Developers are now going for high-rise centers. Aside from Jakarta’s notorious traffic that condemns commuters to hours in their cars, the demand is due to the fact that people want to live closer to their work and spend more time with their family. In living on today’s fast lane, integrated superblock or mixed-use development … [Read more...]

A Reflection of Style

Interior design Shirley Gouw talks about her involvement with the family business and the happiest dining experience in her life. Elite Graha Cipta has enjoyed much success selling furniture, lighting and accessories since its establishment in 1997. The success, according to Shirley, lies in the company’s always being at the forefront of the latest trends in the world of interior design. “We always try to be different by observing the trend and bringing in new collections to Elite that ref … [Read more...]

Hotel Kempinski Indonesia: A Revival Legacy

A historical landmark emerged when the Indonesia’s first president Sukarno inaugurated the Southeast Asia’s first five-star hotel on August 5, 1962. Now, forty seven years later, the history still remains. The birth of Hotel Indonesia had paved the way for showcasing the world the face of modern Indonesia, particularly the metropolitan city of Jakarta. Designed in the form of the T letter to allow guests to view the panorama of the capital city, Hotel Indonesia had hitherto hosted acc … [Read more...]

Vertical-lifestyle enthusiast

With more than a decade of property development under his belt, Veri Y. Setiady enthuses to Aulia Rachmat about the form that cities will take in the future. “It’s time for city-dwellers to ‘get into’ a vertical lifestyle,” Veri Y. Setiady said while peering down at traffic congestion from his office on the 25th floor of an office block in a prime area of South Jakarta. His view is a reflection of the reality that the fast-growing population in big cities has been a major factor in the pric … [Read more...]

Selling lifestyle via furniture

Almost oblivious to the current economic downturn, Da Vinci CEO Dr Doris Phua is expanding her furniture giant with the addition of more high-quality brands. She spoke with Aulia Rachmat during a recent trip to Jakarta. Dressed in an elegant cocktail dress with subtle sparkle, Doris Phua presents a truly individualistic style. In the old saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” beauty for her, is where elegance meets style. Impressed by classic European furniture, she has managed to exp … [Read more...]

Thrill of the chase

Aston International’s Charles E. Brookfield is no shrinking violet. He tells Aulia Rachmat how he’s remaining optimistic despite the economic downturn. Arriving in Indonesia just before the economic crisis in 1997, Charles E. Brookfield decided he wanted to stay, while most foreign investors, particularly those in the hospitality business, left. Starting with a five-star hotel in both Jakarta and Bali, Aston International Indonesia now operates 15 hotels, serviced apartments, “condotels” (which … [Read more...]

The Exotic SILQ

Nestled along the golden beaches in a prime area of Bali, a prestigious boutique hotel offers exclusivity as well as premier hospitality for its discerning guests. It is at SILQ Kerobokan where guests are pampered by the delight of their own private butler along with all the premium facilities and amenities the SILQ has to offer. Sitting in the up-and-coming Kerobokan neighbourhood of Seminyak, the 5-star plus luxury boutique hotel is made up of 17 private villas offering a contemporary … [Read more...]

Innovating the Style

Founder and director of Arya Cipta Graha has know-how in the fields of architecture, ranging from classic to contemporary, despite the fact that he has been well-known for his experimental in contemporary architecture. Arya Cipta Graha, which is also known as Atelier Cosmas Gozali, is an architecture company that provides planning and architectural services. Established in 2005, the firm has built an array of designs from house and apartment to office, hotel and resort. This not to mention … [Read more...]

Where Drawing Do The Talking

Believing in the power of drawing, the architect and interior designer veteran Thomas Elliott has translated a myriad of ideas into innovative interior design practice. Aulia R. Sungkar writes. Met by Registry at his state-of-the-art office in Kemang, South Jakarta, the CEO of PT PAI smiles benignly, “Just call me Tom.” Recalling his childhood, he says he always wanted to be an architect since he was a kid. Tom’s dream eventually reached fruition. Holding a California architect license, Tom … [Read more...]

Into the Kid’s Living Space

A children's room is more than just a bedroom. It is a place where they grow and the room’s style and interior therefore should be in accordance with the children’s needs. Sania Punjabi shows how she and her husband, Manoj Punjabi, design the rooms of their three children; Sairaa, 7, Nayla, 4, and one-year-old Rehaan. Situated just next to the children’s rooms, there is a study and play area where an array of books and toys are neatly displayed. In addition to desks where Sairaa and Nayla use … [Read more...]