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Bekraf & 8 Indonesian Designers Take New York

Badan Ekonomi Kreatif (Bekraf), or the Creative Economy Agency, has been tasked by the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo himself to oversee the economic growth of the country’s creative industry. Bekraf formulates strategies to showcase Indonesia’s best creative works that would eventually put Indonesia on the global creative map.

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Djalin

Named after the archaic Indonesian word for ‘interweave’, the Indonesian furniture label Djalin delivers exactly what its moniker suggests. Djalin showcases an array of ergonomic handwoven furniture pieces refined with the bespoke craftsmanship of the locals, particularly those who inherited their talents in weaving wickers.

Drawing inspiration from the
local heritage, works by Djalin are unpretentious, sustainable and unmistakably Indonesian. Rattan (both natural and synthetic) are weaved together and fit into frames made of aluminium and steel to make bar stools, chairs, sofas, tables and display shelves. Djalin’s Pandura is a Borneo-inspired bar stool that takes the frame of the age- old thonet chair, and combines it with the shape of an orchid’s petal. Chairs similar to the classic Pandura may be spotted in public spaces with conceptual interior schemes, but they prove to be an increasingly rare element in modern private residences, with the exception of traditional Indonesian homes.

While traditional wickers have been around for a long time, design director and co-founder of Djalin, Sita Fitriana, adds a contemporary touch to achieve that perfect balance between timeless and trendy. The Dayak bistro chair is the perfect example – it’s largely modern, but with a simple black-and-white tribal- inspired element. The Keraton lounge chair too, has an unassuming frame, hence reserving all the spotlight for its meticulously weaved backrest.

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Having been in the industry since 1989, Djalin has stood the test of time. With the help of artisan partners from the rural parts of West Java, Djalin highlights Indonesia’s prized craftsmanship, one weave at a time. Introduce an artistic element to your properties with Djalin’s collection of woven furniture, available at www.djalin.com 

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