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Santai Furniture

Relaxing in Contemporary Javanese Design

It’s easy to come across a group of Javanese gents having a modest meal by a street vendor’s mobile cart, or lounging around a bale-bale outside, a couple of them playing a game of chess and a few others enjoying a siesta in the sun; the Javanese lifestyle is laidback anwd communal. With the help of highly talented local craftsmen, German-born Dennis Pluemer fuses this rhythm of life with his European roots and it culminates in the form of simple yet suave furniture label he dubbed santai. We find out through some of santai’s pieces what it’s like when contemporary comfort collides with Javanese motifs and shapes.

 STORY BY NATASHA GAN PHOTO BY BAGUS TRI LAKSONO & SANTAI DOC. 

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