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A Journey of 15 Years

A look back at our 15-year journey at Indonesia Design magazine, with highlights from each edition and an explanation why we chose the themes we published.



36. Luxury Homes

For our first edition of 2010, we were back with the “Luxury Homes” theme. The architecture of a home does not only serve as a design for a place of living, but it can also present an individual flair. Distinctive architectural styles such as Baroque, Modern, Minimalist, traditional Javanese and Moroccan were prominently featured in this edition. Aside to styles, the size of the land of a house can also be a factor for an amazing design, like the resort-like mansion in Surabaya. This edition also highlighted Studio Air Putih, an architecture and interior design studio whose modern office design is inspired by a house on stilts.


37. Boutique Hotels

A hotel can be more than just a place to take a rest overnight. With impressive construction, equally spectacular design and historical value or interesting tales behind it, a hotel can be a tourist destination on its own. An example of this is Hotel Majapahit in Surabaya. Originally built in 1910, the property was originally named Hotel Oranje, then changed to Hotel Yamamoto during the Japanese occupation, and then changed again to Hotel Majapahit by the new owner in 1969. We also highlighted Gran Mahakam Hotel, which was built in a semi-classic mixed with Californian style. Also worth reading was an article on The Haven in Seminyak, Bali, dubbed a haven for tourists seeking to escape their daily routine. The Haven also graced the cover of this edition.


38. New Properties in Bali

The mushrooming villa and condotel developments in Bali have triggered designers, developers and operators to come up with more subtle strategies to market their properties. Some came up with fresh design concepts supported by various facilities and brilliant marketing plan to attract guests. The results are creative properties that now can be seen in Bali. For this edition, we went back and forth to the island from our head office in Jakarta to feature The Jimbaran, Kutabex, Villa Kayu Raja and Sunset Garden. One of the main features, The Edge by Restyle International is now operated by Lifestyle Retreats. It is favoured by local and international tourists. The cover was a 3D render by Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort Beachwalk Bali by Enviro Tec. The lifestyle centre and some of other projects are currently open and well-maintained.


39. Interiors

In the middle of 2010, Indonesia enjoyed a relatively stable economic condition that propelled new developments in the realms of property and interior design. iD captured this excitement by covering several projects with outstanding interior designs. One of these is Hotma Sitompoel’s office with its classic decor by Erwin Hawawinata Associates. The office indeed displayed the advocate’s humble and integrity. Another one was Ju Ma Na Restaurant at Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali, where we can experience exquisite international cuisine and inventive cocktails with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. We also highlighted impressive modern designs at private residences, Geometrix Capital and the first Muji retail store in Plaza Indonesia.


40. Smart Hotels

In early 2010, we frequently came across “smart” terms – from smart design, travellers to hotels. In terms of hospitality, smart hotels have indeed increased in number along with the mushrooming of smart/budget travellers who see business and leisure trips as a necessity. In Indonesia at that moment, the demand even surpassed the upper-market sector, especially in major cities. We featured key brands, including POP! Hotels by Tauzia Hotel Management, Whiz Hotels by Intiwhiz International/Intiland Development, The 1O1 by PHM and Prasanthi Hotels. Gracing our cover was Fave Hotel by Aston, one of the most sought-after two-star hotels in the country that has successfully maintained its rank. This brand has now grown larger across Indonesia.


41. Award-Winning Designs

In this edition, iD presented exclusive reports on award-winning building designs. Among them were the Rest Area KM 19 at Cikampek toll road by Gregorius Supie Yolodi and Maria Rosantina of d-associates, which won 2008 IAI Awards; Furniture House by Sekendro Sukendar and Jeffry Sandy of Nataneka Architect, which won 2009 IAI Awards; Yori Antar’s Tirtha Dharma House of Weaving, which won 2008 IAI Awards for Culture and Regional Category; Shining Stars Kindergarten by Wendi Djuhara, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade building by Budiman Hendropurnomo; and the 2009 IAI Award winner for conservation work on Bank Indonesia Museum building by architect Han Awal.


2010 Exclusive Edition: Signature Properties in Jakarta

Our special edition in 2010 looked at projects by one of the biggest developers in Indonesia, Agung Podomoro Group (APG). More than just developing and selling housing or business properties, they also offered solutions for city dwellers who get jammed in traffic on a daily basis by establishing the “city within city” concept. Each of the developments is equipped with a shopping mall, health and recreation facilities, office buildings, and other facilities that you would expect to find in a satellite town. The projects that we covered in this edition included the Central Park Mall, Central Park Residences, Thamrin Residences, Kuningan City, Kalibata City, Seasons City and Green Bay Pluit. We also featured some of APG’s commercial properties such as Lindeteves Trade Center and Blok M Square that still attract large crowds today.




42. Luxury Homes

We started 2011 with articles presented in a new and warm spirit with the theme “Luxury Homes”. The highlight was an opulent dwelling in Surabaya, which tastefully combines the concept of modern home with the traditionalism of Javanese architecture, down to its very detailed carvings. Other equally jaw-dropping stories were about a sumptuous abode in North Jakarta that bore timeless Neo-Classical details and a mansion in Baroque style in Medan. Apart from the main theme, architect Cosmas Gozali contributed his report on Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where some of the most cutting edge trends in architecture and design were showcased.


43. Award-Winning Interiors

A building’s character is not merely decided by its architecture design but is also reflected in its interior design. The same building can appear differently when handled by different interior designers. This edition was the third time that we brought up the topic of interior design as the main features. Three of them were winners of the Indonesian Society of Interior Designers (HDII) awards: Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the winner in Institutional Office category, designed by Taufik Ibrahim; Garuda Indonesia Executive Lounge in Soekarno-Hatta airport, the winner in Commercial Retail category, designed by Diana Nazir; and Jadul Village, a resort in West Bandung that won the Hospitality category, designed by Iwan Sastrawiguna. Still in line with the main topic, we brought you a piece on feng shui in creating a house’s interior design, written by architect and feng shui practitioner Sidhi Wiguna.


44. Luxury Villas in Bali

For many, staying in a villa for a holiday is a luxury in itself. In this edition, we presented to you a couple of villas in Bali at many levels of luxury. As the edition was released in mid-year, it was a perfect time for our readers to look for options of accommodation for their holiday in Bali. Pandawa Villas and Royal Kamuela in Ubud, Kembang Desa Villas in Tabanan and The Club at the Legian were our highlighted articles. Besides the luxury villas, we highlighted a piece on UOB Plaza Office interior, a feng shui article about the arrangement of a swimming pool in a house, and many more interesting topics.


45. Cosy Homes

The main features in this edition were about comfortable homes. There are general rules in architecture to ensure the house occupants feel comfortable in their homes. These include the size of the room, lighting and air circulation. It is also important to consider the lifestyle and the activities of the occupants to create a comfortable home. Each of the cosy homes in this edition has its own style to show. There was the residence of an artist couple on a hill of Pecatu, Bali, which is inspired by traditional Torajan house, and whose interior uses a lot of wood. There was also a tropical modern house designed by Djony Gouw, and a warm-toned abode designed by d-associates. We also had an up-close interview with sculptor Dolorosa Sinaga, as well as a look at Koi Gallery that graced our cover.


46. Innovative Designs

We gathered together some outstanding, innovative designs for this edition. The Austrian Embassy in Jakarta, for example, was one of the first buildings in Indonesia to be accredited by the Green Building Council of Indonesia. Designed by Austrian architects pos-Architects, the building in the leafy area of Menteng was constructed according to the most advanced ecological principles using innovative energy concepts. Another example, Bakrie Tower, stands tall in the vicinity of Rasuna Epicentrum with a unique distorted profile. The architect, HOK, created a design that manages to look different from every angle. Meanwhile, the lighting design of W Bali Seminyak Retreat and Spa exuded a sense of fun and vibrancy that was perfectly in tune with the pace of life in Seminyak. Also covered in this edition were the home of the Ambassador of Portugal and the central library at Universitas Indonesia.


47. Living Spaces

From 2008 onwards, iD published an edition every year dedicated to private residences because home is one of our primary needs. Home is where we entertain guests, relax with our families, cook, eat and sleep or simply wind down at the end of a hectic day. In 2011, therefore, we closed the year with the “Living Spaces” edition. We featured different kinds of houses – including our own contributor Deborah Iskandar with her private art collection, a modern private residence by Kezia Karin in Surabaya, a Tibet-inspired house by Bambang Gambiro of Triaco Consultant, Peter Kelly’s urban loft and Kodrat Vana’s artsy apartment.

iD-Trowback-Ed Anniv 8 2011

8th Anniversary Edition

We considered our eighth year of publication as an important age, a mature one for a magazine that specialises in architecture and interior design; hence we decided to publish our first anniversary edition. Themed “Editor’s Choice”, here we gave an overview of what we had worked on from the beginning. There was a diverse range of articles, from superblock, residence, function house, apartment, spa, hotel to resort, including Ciputra World Jakarta for superblock category, Amuz Fine Dining Restaurant, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Louis Vuitton Boutique, Conrad Bali Hotel, Kota Baru Parahyangan, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa, De Soematra Surabaya and Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa.

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