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.

For 15 years, Indonesia Design has been reporting on design and lifestyle related stories. In our first years, we were focusing on the angles of architecture, interior and construction. From our eighth year onwards, we have been strengthening our image as a design magazine by featuring all design disciplines – adding product, furniture, landscape, lighting, hospitality, jewellery, graphic designs and others to the list.

We are happy to have witnessed the on-going developments in the country and have been giving you updated reports from time to time. You might have seen the blueprints and 3D renders from our previous editions years ago, and enjoying the buildings now. We present you with all the editions we have published in the last 15 years.

We started publishing under the name of Indonesia Design in 2004, on our third edition. For the first two editions in 2003, the magazine was called Desain Indonesia.


3. Leisure

After we acquired the magazine from the previous publisher, we decided to change the name to Indonesia Design. Having changed our name, we also changed the publication concept. Starting from this edition, we published in two languages (English and Indonesian) with one main theme for each edition – starting with “Leisure”. In this edition, we featured El Dorado Water Park in Legenda Wisata (designed by Image Qreator), Villa Bora-bora in Tanjung Lesung (by Ground Kent Architects Indonesia), Bintan Agro Paramount Sea View Resort (by Piter Gan Architect) and Jatim Park in Batu (by Edwin Nafarin of dpavilion). On the cover we showed Entertainment X’enter at Plaza Indonesia, which was designed by DCM but has now been demolished for future development.

4. Residence

“A house is not a home”. It is a saying that means a house physically. No matter how opulent a house is, it is not enough to be called a ‘home’. It needs some intangible aspects, which sometimes only the occupants can make it happen with the help of the architects and designers. In our fourth edition, we presented to the readers a variety of residential architecture – from the modern to the traditional ones. Puri Matahari apartment in Surabaya adopted the New York style for its façade. Braga City Walk brought the context of urban design as well as conservation. Meanwhile, rumah panjang (Long House), a traditional Dayak house, which bears rich cultural values, is getting scarce nowadays.

5. Mixed-Use

The definition of ‘mixed-use’ in this edition is an integration of space functions for retail-commercial spaces with residential units in one huge building. Mixed-use development in Indonesia can be traced to Sarinah, built in the 1960s, which still has the same function until today. New mixed-use buildings keep popping up; Pakuwon City in Surabaya, a commercial complex consisting of a supermall, now called Pakuwon Mall, and Pakuwon Trade Center; Sudirman Place that is now called fX Sudirman, which houses restaurants, retails, a few floors dedicated for Harris Suites fX Sudirman and a whole floor for Binus International classrooms; and Hotel Nikko Jakarta & Wisma Nusantara that was on the cover, which was later acquired by Pullman Hotel in 2012.


6. House of Worship

There were a few changes in our contents starting in this first edition of 2005. We added more pages and illustrations, and the magazine was distributed more widely in Singapore and Malaysia. Content-wise, we highlighted the houses of worship of diverse religions in Indonesia. They speak more than just a physical work of architecture, where symbols become a crucial element and ‘form follows functions’ is rather difficult to be applied. Istiqlal Mosque was designed in International style by Christian architect Frederich Silaban, different than most other mosques in Indonesia that have the Middle Eastern style. Its counterpart landmark, the Jakarta Cathedral, stands gracefully right across the street. Originally built in 1829, the Cathedral was renovated in 1988 by architect Han Awal. Also featured in the edition was The Great Temple of Besakih, the biggest Hindu temple in Bali. Located in Karangasem, the temple overlooks Mount Agung, the highest point on the whole island.

7. Educational Constructions

People all over the world are striving to have better education. Increased investment in learning has led to a step improvement in educational facilities such as schools and universities. This prompted us to dedicate our seventh edition to “Educational Constructions”. We featured Binus School Jakarta, German Centre Serpong, Global Jaya, Cor Jesu Malang, Bunda Hati Kudus Malang and High/Scope Indonesia. We featured Gandhi Memorial International School Jakarta when it had just opened - showcasing modern architecture for the multicultural neighbourhood in North Jakarta. The school today maintains its striking looks and is still ranked among the top international schools in the city. By way of contrast, we then looked at Universitas Widya Mandala in Surabaya, which was designed in a much more traditional, vernacular style. In the Design Overseas rubric, we wrote about the Sharp Center, Ontario College of Art and Design and its futuristic box-in-the-sky construction. This stunning building still makes a huge statement and has become one of the most popular photo spots in the city.

8. Exquisite Store

Our eighth edition was slightly different from the previous ones where we had typically concentrated on exterior design. The main articles in the “Exquisite Store” edition explored the interiors of commercial stores, which were designed to reflect and elevate the products on sale. They included Jungle Surf in Bali which was also used for our cover photo, The Body Shop which already had 21 counters throughout Indonesia, Vivere, Aksara and the first Bang & Olufsen outlet, in Jakarta. Still within the theme of retail, we featured Pasar Ngasem, a traditional market in Yogyakarta. Some of the places we featured have gone through major changes, like Aksara that has recently evolved into a culture hub, and Pasar Ngasem that has actually moved location and is now known as PASTY (Yogyakarta Animal and Decorative Plants Market).

9. Cafe & Resto

Cafe and Resto” was picked as the theme for our ninth edition simply because we enjoy having well-designed dining spaces to go with our food. We featured Warung Enak and Lamak (by the late Bali-based designer Made Wijaya), Lan Na Thai (by London-based Frank Drake), The Tee Box, Kampung Daun Bandung, Cafe Sampoerna Surabaya, Sushi Groove and Dragonfly Jakarta (by Sonny Sutanto), which were opened in the early to mid-2000s. Back then, Dragonfly still had; glittery lightbox panels on the walls and a sculptural drop ceiling. Today, in the club’s 14th year, they have renovated the venue with the younger generation in mind. Not all of the featured cafes and restaurants are still open, but at least some of us were lucky enough to have enjoyed their designs and ambiance in their heyday.

10. Working Places

Many office buildings are designed to stand out from their neighbours while not forgetting their main function, which is to provide a comfortable and productive working environment. In our “Working Places” edition we featured an eclectic array of office buildings. Menara Bank Mega, standing tall on Jalan Kapten Tendean, Jakarta, which became a landmark for the area - the impressive glass and metal façade being visible from both main roads flanking the building. We also featured Wisma Dharmala Surabaya and Wisma Dharmala Sakti (Jakarta) which have now both been renamed Intiland Tower. These towers were designed by Paul Rudolph, an American architect and a maestro in his field. The vernacular design boasted prominent balconies and a minimal use of glass for the façade. Meanwhile, Sudirman Square in Jakarta, now known as Sampoerna Strategic Square, was one of the few buildings that incorporated green open spaces into the overall design concept.

11. Hotel & Resort

In this “Hotel & Resort” edition we tried to capture the latest trends in both business and vacation hotels. The wide range of featured hotels included Villa Vajra, Villa Air Resort, Novotel Palembang, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Villa Pinus, Kampung Sampireun Resort & Spa, Swiss-Belhotel Bay View Residences & Suites, Hotel Santika and Losari Coffee Plantation Resort & Spa. We interviewed Achmad Noe’man, the late senior architect who was celebrated for his mosque designs, along with his son and partner Fauzan Noe’man. In the Design Projects rubric, we looked at the proposal for Menara Jakarta submitted by the East China Architecture Design Institute, who won the design competition in 1995, beating other international bureaus including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (USA), Baldwin & Franklyn (Canada), Kenzo Tange Associates (Japan) and MurphyJahn (USA). The development is delayed until now.


12. Shopping Gallery

The sprawling development of shopping malls in big cities across Indonesia caught our attention. In our 12th edition, we dug deep into some of the best known ones, including Setiabudi One and Cihampelas Walk. We also had a look at a couple that were still in the construction phase, which are now two of the most popular mixed-use developments in Jakarta. One was Senayan City, which combines a shopping mall, an office block and luxury apartments. The other was Grand Indonesia, where we had the exclusive opportunity to feature its architectural design. The completed development comprises an apartment tower, an office block, two wings of an 8-storey shopping mall and the five-star Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. Aside from these, we also featured the Ubud Hanging Garden, built on a steep cliff with an inclination of almost 45 degrees, which architect Popo Danes had magically transformed into a resort hotel and spa with enchanting infinity pools.

13. Housing Estate

Housing is one of our most basic needs, and we can see houses being built all the time, anywhere in the world. iD publishes a “Home and Living” edition every year but, in 2006, we dedicated it to “Housing Estates”. The main feature covered Rumah Baja Krakatau Steel, Tomang Residence, De Rumah, Royal Family Residence and Taman Dayu City of Festivals. We also featured Bumi Serpong Damai City (now known as BSD City), a development by Sinar Mas Land in their early stage of development. Here we recorded their initiatives to build an independent city which, as we now know, is indeed what they managed to achieve. On the cover we had Prapanca Townhouse, a development by Budiman Hendropurnomo of Duta Cermat Mandiri, which is still admired by people who drive along Jalan Pangeran Antasari in South Jakarta.

14. Showroom & Gallery

Every showroom or gallery has its own way of communicating with its visitors, which will typically be characterised by the way it sets out its displays. Our 14th edition featured a number of galleries of different styles. Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta adopts the concept of a residence to create a homely and intimate feel for visitors. The subdued ambiance helps focus attention on the displayed artworks. Meanwhile, The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud displays striking artsy elements from the entrance to the artwork itself. Plaza Teknologi Hartono Elektronika, now known simply as Hartono, takes its design inspiration from the range of technology featured inside. We also featured the superblock Rasuna Epicentrum, located in Kuningan, South Jakarta which, at the time, existed only in 3D rendered images as construction hadn’t yet taken place. Now the superblock is nearly complete, with a lot of the design detail changed from the original plan.

15. Appreciating Freedom in Architecture

Aside from being functional, buildings are often created as monuments. In Indonesia, we have several projects which were built to celebrate freedom and independence, such as Indonesia’s Parliament Building which appeared in this edition. One of the main features was Persada Soekarno, a monument built for our first president in his hometown it includes a memorial square, a library and the tomb of Soekarno himself. Designed by Baskoro Tedjo, it has been well maintained and is a popular destination for domestic and international tourists. Although it wasn’t built as a celebration of freedom per se, we also featured the restoration of the National Archive Building by Han Awal and Partners and Budi Lim Architects as it had just won the Asia Pacific Heritage Award from UNESCO.

16. Health, Fitness & Spa

Preventing an illness is undoubtedly better than trying to cure it. As more and more people have adopted that principle we have seen rapid changes in lifestyles as people of all ages look to maintain and improve their health, fitness and general well-being. Our 16th edition, we featured a number of buildings that were designed or adapted for health, fitness and spa businesses, such as The Javana Spa in Sukabumi, which smartly integrated its natural environment into the building and landscape design. We also featured Menara Karya and Regatta in Jakarta - buildings that broke free from conventional norms. The special report was about the Cipinang Correctional Institution, East Jakarta. It achieved the highest standards in institutional care by applying new concepts in management, work training systems, security systems, as well as a functional building design that took into account all aspects of the environment such as layout, interiors, air circulation and light.

17. Entertainment

Architecture is considered as a serious topic, but as a conceptual matter, it can also give us a playful spatial experience to get relaxed. We dedicate our 17th edition for “Entertainment” facilities. Here, we featured the festive Ancol Jakarta Bay City (including Dunia Fantasi, The Pyramids 4D Theatre, and Gelanggang Samudra among other venues), Kampoeng Cina Kota Wisata Cibubur (that now has gone for different development), Balai Sarbini at Plaza Semanggi Jakarta, and the renders of Terzetto Entertainment Xentre in Solo, Central Java, G-Walk at Citra Raya Surabaya and Wisata Bahari Lamongan. We are proud to have EX Plaza as our front cover for this edition because the property was initiated to be a temporary site but gained a huge success along its operations in 2004-2014. Here, we also featured the entertainment centre building and some of its tenants such as Hard Rock Cafe, Q Biliard and Spin City Bowling.


18. Offices

Numerous technological advances have enabled us to create mobile offices, yet we keep constructing office buildings. The reason for this is that architecture believes buildings do not only provide spaces and the facilities to conduct activities, but they also have the potential to provide identity and to set certain class and status for the users. Not to mention some lines of work still require face-to-face interaction. Good designs and materials used on a building can help level up the prestige of a company that occupies it. In this edition, we covered many office buildings in several Indonesian cities. They include the Jakarta Stock Exchange Building, Talavera Office Park, Trans TV Broadcasting Station and Constitutional Court of the Republic Indonesia.

19. Playing the Light

Ambience brought by well-thought lighting design adds an added value to any projects, hence we celebrated it with “Playing the Light” edition. Here, we selected different projects to exhibit the diverse applications of lighting. They are Pacific Place Jakarta (for integrated development), Loro Djonggrang Jakarta (restaurant), Clarion Hotel & Convention Makassar (the largest hotel complex in Eastern Indonesia at the time, now known as Claro Makassar) and Cafe Neo Calista Bandung. And as the bars often have playful lights, we selected two projects to show to our readers; F - Bar Jakarta and Blowfish - Puro, Jakarta. Aside from the artificial light, we featured Andra Matin’s worked for Javaplant Office and Showroom in Tawangmangu where he designed dynamic lighting effect with the building skin. Going formal, there was Santos Oil office by CDA International, where we can see the application of lighting that enhances productivity.

20. More Leisure – Playing the Style

Living a balanced life is easier said than done when you are caught up with busy routines. However, one should actually attempt to have a balanced life. There are many places and facilities created for leisure to reach just that. In this edition, we featured the newly launched Blitzmegaplex in Bandung and Jakarta, a cinema complex with a futuristic interior style. A decade later it was rebranded as CGV Blitz. The interior was renovated into a retro style, following the style of CGV in Korea. Another way to shoo away stress is to unwind in a beach resort and spa like The Bali Khama in Nusa Dua. More entertainment featured in this edition included the Griyo Kulo Alternative Recreational Site and Taman Tangkuban Perahu. No less interesting, was the Rest Area KM 19 gas station and its refreshing and out of the design.

21. Highrise Building

In a developing country like Indonesia, the rise of property makes one of the indicators of economic growth, especially major developments such as “Highrise Building”, thus we made this edition as an appreciation for the developers that are eager to build such projects. The front cover was the 3D render of The Adhiwangsa Condominium Gold View Residence and Lenmarc Lifestyle Mall Surabaya by Piter Gan Architect, which has been operated since 2010. This project set the benchmark of the new era of highrise buildings in Surabaya, with 45-floor and 38-floor apartment towers and a podium mall. We also had Universitas Tarumanagara Jakarta, Graha Bethany Surabaya and Gramedia Expo. In addition, we reported the design of Menara Maluku Ambon by Han Awal and Partners, which has not been developed.

22. Retails

Retail stores come and go. There are many aspects that affect the continuity of a retail business. One of them is how the sellers understand what attracts the potential buyers. The architecture and interior design of a retail store is not to be underrated in this case. It is important to make the store comfortable and easy to navigate to visit, which can lead to making a purchase. We covered a number of retail shops that were designed with the customers’ need in mind as well as a good aesthetic consideration, namely MP Book Point, Mega Star Autoworks, Bandung Icon, Nanonine Concept Store, Makassar Town Square and many more. However, as a lot has happened over the years, some of these stores have moved, closed, and some still stand tall.

23. Super Block

Indonesia marked the rise of integrated developments in the late 2000s. And Indonesia Design celebrated this advancement by having this “Super Block” edition. While witnessing the development of Grand Indonesia township in the heart of the capital city, some other locations in that time were going with this stream, hence we featured Seasons City, Central Park, Kemang Village, Gandaria City (Jakarta), Deli Grand City (North Sumatera), Samarinda Global City (East Kalimantan), Ciputra World Surabaya (East Java). All of these projects were only renderings, but today they have become an integral part of the city’s business and leisure. Central Park, for example, has breathed new life for West Jakarta. It has become a business meeting point on weekdays and a go-to lifestyle centre during the weekends.

Aside from these articles, we also featured Villa Leduk in East Java with its exotic Neo-Classic architecture overlooking the green Prigen hills.


24.Housing Estates

Housing estates are a solution for accommodation problems in dense city centres. They usually consist of housing complex surrounded by gardens and various facilities, from sports to entertainment centres. These days, they do not only provide accommodation and practicality for urbanites, but also create image. In this edition, we featured prestigious housing estates that were in the building stage, three of which are: Coastarina in Batam, a luxury housing and tourist area located on the north coast of Batam Island, which includes theme park Ocarina aimed for family recreations; Springhill Golf Residence Kemayoran, which offers a green living environment right at the heart of Jakarta with superb facilities and amenities as well as an 18-hole golf course; Pondok Hijau Golf Summarecon Serpong that was planned with a layout where each resident (even those of the middle-cost houses) could enjoy and feel as if they owned the golf course.

25. Cafe & Restaurant

A dining venue is not just a place to eat and drink anymore. Whether it’s a restaurant or a café, it is nowadays a place to talk with friends or business connections and to relax over food. The restaurant’s or café’s design, its menu and pricing, and the way it is promoted, it can also project a certain taste that appeals to a particular group of people. In our 25th edition we covered a diverse selection of cafés and restaurants. Ikan Bakar Cianjur Restaurant in Semarang, for example, sitting inside a heritage building in the Old Town, offered Indonesian dishes in a Chinese-European interior. Dream of Kahyangan Art Resto in Surabaya was inspired by Javanese culture, as seen from the architecture and furniture. Meanwhile, Neo Lounge & Vanity Restaurant was designed in a New Modernism style, perfectly suited to those who want a modern and graceful ambiance.

26. Offices

An office is a place where serious work takes place and important agreements are made. Many livelihoods depend on decisions made in an office. But it doesn’t mean that an office design has to be rigid and formal. Architects and interior designers can create a playful design that conveys the image of the company that it represents without compromising the functional purpose. One of the buildings we featured in this “Offices” edition was the Kalla Tower in Makassar. The exterior and crown are curvy, designed with a ‘wave and wind’ concept that symbolises movement – in keeping with the building’s automotive business. Other office buildings we featured were BSD Office Pak in Tangerang, The Office @ Kuningan City, Graha Sinar Rasa and Menara Prima in Jakarta.

27. Apartment

Apartment living has become a lot more common in big cities – reflecting a growing population and a scarcity of land. Apartments in superblocks often have the advantage of being closer to essential facilities such as supermarkets, sport centres, transport links and schools. And even though most Indonesians still prefer to own a landed house, apartments in key locations have been gaining in popularity. In this edition,

we looked at some apartments in Jakarta, Solo and Bali, including Nirvana Avana Apartement, Kempinski Private Residence and The Wave Rasuna Epicentrum. We also shared some interior decorating tips for small apartments and reported on the rusunami concept.

28. Boutique Villas in Bali

“Boutique villa” is more of a marketing rather than an architectural term – suggesting a high-quality villa that offers something different. This edition featured luxury boutique villas in Bali where traditional features had been blended seamlessly with modern elements of the architecture. For instance, the modern compound concept softened with frangipani trees, which we saw in the design for Banyan Tree Ungasan and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. Meanwhile, the Waka Group, comprising six resorts across Bali, offers an authentic Balinese experience by using traditional materials in their villas such as wood, stone and even thatched roofs, with architecture style that is also influenced by other parts of Indonesia. We also asked the late Made Wijaya to write a critique on the development of villas in Bali to give our readers a complete perspective on the topic.

29. Exotic Resorts

Seaside resorts are a popular escape for urbanites – a chance to immerse with a certain ethnic style that you rarely find in urban life. It offers something different from the everyday routine, something which people might regard as being exotic. Many of the luxury resorts that we covered in this edition were located in Bali. Anantara Resort in Seminyak offered a modern interpretation of traditional Thai architecture, with the guest suites fitted out with wooden floors and façades. St. Regis Resort & Residence in Nusa Dua created a lavish tropical retreat by the beach in order to fit in with the existing natural landscape. Aman Resorts, living up to its corporate philosophy, harmonised with its surrounding environment by using a range of materials from local sources and incorporating local traditional designs.


30. Super Blocks & Independent Towns

Superblocks are a contemporary urban phenomenon. At the same time, we have also seen the emergence of ‘independent towns’. Both are welcome for anybody to come and live there, though in some cases it is difficult to say that they are public spaces because they are properties of private establishments. Pakuwon City, Rasuna Epicentrum, Cirebon Super Block, Grand City, Kawasan Terpadu Mega Kuningan, Ciputra World Jakarta, Grand Indonesian and Jakarta Garden City were the main features in this edition. Since then there have been a lot of positive developments in this space; Ciputra World was still at the planning stage at the time we went to print, now it is complete and an established landmark; Grand Indonesia, similarly, is up and running and is one of the most popular destinations in Jakarta for shoppers and tourists alike, especially during weekends and holidays.

31. Luxury Homes

There are various ways to define a ‘luxury home’. According to Yori Antar, a building, although it may have been constructed using expensive materials and furniture, has to be well-designed to be considered luxurious. Jeffrey Budiman, similarly, does not associate luxury simply with cost or price. According to him, a luxury home should heed the rules of architecture, improve the quality of living for its occupants and should benefit from works of art as well as good-quality furniture. For the main features in this edition we presented eight private residences, each bearing a different interpretation of luxury. The architects involved in these projects included Erwin Hawawinata, Suwito Hadi, Hidajat Endramukti and Budhi Harmunanto. The architectural styles also varied, from classic to country modern and minimalist.

32. Hot Estates in Bali

Bali is one of the best known names on the global tourism map. However, it offers more than just tourist attractions with so many architectural masterpieces appearing all around the island. These masterpieces come in the form of hotels, apartments and villas, created by local and international architects. We featured some of these amazing properties as our hot estates in Bali. Some were still under development, but some had already been launched. The Haven, Alila VillasUluwatu and La Vie Boutique Villas were among the new properties featured. Keeping with the Bali theme, we also shared tips about choosing properties for investment in Bali and we showcased some beautiful homes on the island.

33. High-End Apartments

The favourable response to the “Luxury Homes” edition told us that our readers were especially interested in the very best living spaces, so we decided to dedicate this issue to “High-End Apartments”. We wrote about The Adhiwangsa Golf Residence (Piter Gan Architect), Regatta Apartment (Atkins London), Senopati Suites (Aboday), Kempinski Private Apartment (RTKL USA), Residence 8 (Airmas Asri) and The Peak at Sudirman (DP Architects Singapore). These projects are now complete and fully operational. Most of them have become recognised landmarks. This edition provided a wealth of examples, insights and inspiration for architects, designers and students about apartment living and the wider design considerations.

34. Exclusive Living

Having seen the growing number of upscale residences in most major cities in Indonesia, iD published this “Exclusive Living” edition. Featuring high-end properties in a small gated community, these residences typically offer a wide range of benefits and facilities such as wide, quiet roads, lush parks, swimming pools and gyms, club houses, children’s playgrounds and outdoor sport activities such as tennis and golf. With only a small number of properties and no passing traffic, these residences offer something of an oasis – in terms of privacy, tranquility, greenery and security – often in the middle of a large, busy city. The featured projects included Hayam Wuruk Residence in Bali, Residence 28 in Jakarta, De’Cove Sanctuary @ The Waterfront in Jakarta, Hilltop Residence in Sentul, Bale Hinggil Residence in Yogyakarta and The Crown at Pondok Hijau Golf Serpong.

35. Green Designs

Indonesia had significantly raised its awareness of sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design during the ‘noughties’, which prompted us to publish our “Green Designs” edition as we turned our sights to the start of a new decade. We featured Green School in Bali, the Central Library of Universitas Indonesia in Depok, Allianz Tower Jakarta, World Trade Centre 2 Jakarta, Shell Indonesia Head Office Jakarta and the Holy Stadium in Semarang. Most of these projects are now built - albeit some with different names - and fully operational. We also had a Special Report by Davy Sukamta, a civil consultant, travel enthusiast and our editorial advisor, about earthquake-resistant structures.

2009 Special Edition – Romantic Getaway in Bali

The island of Bali springs immediately to mind for so many people when they start thinking about romantic getaways. And new places to stay keep popping up on the island, giving us endless ways to indulge our romantic daydreams. In our sixth year of publication, we dedicated a special edition to hotels and resorts in Bali, which turned out like a guide to the ultimate romantic holidays. We looked at SILQ Private Residences, which was our cover photo, Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Royal Pita Maha, The Bale, and three properties of Kayu Manis resorts across the island. To make it easier to navigate, we divided the articles into five sections according to the locations: Seminyak, Ubud, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, and Ungasan and Tabanan.


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.

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.


48. Indonesian Architects’ Overseas Projects

We are proud that our architects have spread their wings, not only to compete in domestic projects, but further abroad. Thus in this edition, we gave updates to our readers about “Indonesian Architects’ Overseas Projects”. In Thailand, we covered Phuket Office Park by Ridwan Kamil of Urbane. Pandega Desain Weharima designed Oman’s Ministry of Defence Pension Fund Building in Muscat. Budi Pradono Architects had completed the design for Flora Building that would give a new look to the concrete jungle of Taipei. Jusuf Setiadi and Ardi Jahja of Airmas Asri designed The Link Executive Apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam, which was a development by Ciputra. Piter Gan Architect designed Wilmar Apartment in Accra, Ghana.

49. Defining Luxury

Having featured many high-end projects, we decided to publish our first “Defining Luxury” edition. With this theme, we challenged our readers to redefine the term luxury and gave updates on recent trends. As a starting point we featured the luxurious office of Esa Sampoerna Centre, a lavish home with golf course in its back yard in Surabaya, an eclectic Four Seasons apartment in Jakarta, an ethnic-inspired house in Surabaya by Hidajat Endramukti, a classic residence by Erwin Hawawinata & Aji Warpani in Surabaya and Cassis Restaurant. We showed The Papilion Kemang on the cover, which set a new standard for boutique lifestyle centres in Indonesia, with contemporary design by d-associates and glamorous interior settings by the famous Anouska Hempel. In subsequent years we would return to this theme.

50. Indonesian Hospitality & Upcoming Hotels

The steady rise of tourism in Indonesia has been matched by rapid growth in the hospitality sector. In this edition, we highlighted “Indonesian Hospitality & Upcoming Hotels”. The projects featured included Worldhotel Balangan, Grand Aston Yogyakarta and The 1O1 Dharmawangsa. We also covered Kayumanis Nanjing Private Villa & Spa in China, which was designed by Indonesian architect Tan Tik Lam, interior designer Hidajat Endramukti and Bali-based landscape designer Karl Princic. We interviewed the late maestro of Indonesian interior design, Jaya Ibrahim, who had gained fame from doing hospitality designs for international operators such as Aman Resorts.

51. Contemporary Designs

In “Contemporary Designs” we interviewed representatives of the biggest art auction house in Indonesia about the latest trends in contemporary art; Amalia Wirjono of Christie’s Indonesia and Deborah Iskandar who was representing Sotheby’s Indonesia. We had Leonard Theosabrata from Accupunto to talk about product design, as well as Eames Demetrios, the grandson of the famous Charles and Ray Eames. We showed an interior shot of Sinar Mas Land Plaza in BSD City on our cover to represent contemporary development in Indonesia. It was taken not long after they moved their headquarter into this building, and it’s still looking good today.

52. Eclectic

In the dictionary, “Eclectic” is defined as choosing the best or most liked from a variety of sources or styles. In the world of design and architecture, we can see an increasing number of houses, hotels, restaurants and offices with eclectic designs. In this edition we showed a broad range of examples including Hidajat Endramukti’s house in Surabaya, a house in Bandung and a temple in Bali. We covered Tugu Group’s properties in Malang, Blitar, Lombok and Bali as well as four restaurants in Jakarta which were brimming with references to design trends from yesteryear. Not to be missed was LIO Gallery, Bistro, Bar & Lounge that graced our cover.

53. Restaurant and Lounges

Having a lively conversation over lunch or dinner in a favourite restaurant, café or lounge is an increasingly popular leisure activity in our society today. Even business meetings are often conducted over a fine meal in a trendy restaurant. It’s not surprising then that the restaurant business in Indonesia has flourished with new eating places popping up all the time in major cities. Hence, this edition is dedicated to “Restaurants and Lounges”. Tesate is a restaurant chain that offers Indonesian menu in a contemporary setting. Majapahit lounge located in The Dharmawangsa hotel, has an interior that was inspired by the eminence and grandeur of the Majapahit Kingdom. The lounge interior, and in fact the whole hotel, was designed by the legendary Jaya Ibrahim. Inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel, we featured the Japanese Sumire restaurant - designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates - which has a warm, relaxing atmosphere thanks to the soft tones of traditional teak wood.

9th Anniversary Edition

In our ninth anniversary edition, we presented exclusive articles covering new designs, properties, products and innovations. There were the Raffles Residences, Talavera Suites, Desa Kerasan, ARTOTEL Surabaya, The Keraton at The Plaza, Amankila, Amanjiwo, AYANA Residences, Aston International Hotels, Resort & Residences (now Atria Gading Serpong) and SKYE. Some of them were still on paper or recently opened when we featured them. Now they are still in their optimum function and look. In the Heritage section we had Lawang Sewu, a historical building in Semarang. We also talked to I Nyoman Masriadi, the highest paid living artist in Indonesia at that moment. From abroad, we have reportages of Doha Sport City Tower, Qatar and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

2012 Collection Edition: Contemporary Houses

Entering our ninth year of publication, there was already a long list of amazing houses that we had presented to you in our regular editions. These houses had been designed in various styles – classical, minimalist, tropical, contemporary and others. Judging by the response from our readers, it seemed that the stories of beautiful and award-winning house designs were among the favourites. So, we decided to bring together a collection of the most popular house designs in one special edition. Even though these houses had been featured before, we presented new photos and updated information about the houses, presented in a different style and layout.


55. 2013 Design Trends

Starting the year 2013, we commemorated our 10th year in publication. We brought you our predictions for trends in design and architecture, backed by professional insights from experts in their respective fields. They included the trends for hotels, resorts, mixed-use developments and more. We also had exclusive coverage of the 2012 HDII (Indonesia Interior Design Association) Awards in the categories of Residence, Retail, Hospitality, Health Care and Institutional, and Favourite. The projects that we featured included Favour@Central at Central Park, Artotel Surabaya and Fisik Beyond Sport in Bandung. In addition, we featured Kampong Wae Rebo in Flores - known for its unique architecture, and the recipient of a Unesco award for conservation. With great designs covered in this edition, we hoped for a great year ahead of us.

55. New Hotels

Travelling is a big part of many people’s lives - for business, leisure or maybe for a family gathering. And finding the right place to sleep can make or break the trip. In this edition, we highlighted a few hotels as a sample guide for our readers who found themselves away from home. To narrow the field, we picked hotels which had been completed no earlier than two years before the edition was published. Amongst them were The Trans Luxury Hotel in Bandung, Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran, and Morrissey in Jakarta. In addition, we also shared some information on recommended spas in hotels which offered a natural ambiance for maximum relaxation. On traditional architecture, we presented the Banjar House in South Kalimantan with strong Malay architecture, rich in design and decoration.

56. Defining Luxury

The word “Luxury” evokes a diverse interpretation. Obviously, the definition of luxury will differ from one person to another. Yet, for many people, luxury often comes in the form of the finer things in life; the ultra-expensive products that seem menial or excessive or even incessant but which vast majority could not afford. We presented to you two of most luxurious residences - a Victorian house in Surabaya and a Mediterranean house in Malang. We also brought you the most luxurious Phinisi cruise ship, the Alila Purnama. Not to be missed is the Singapore Airlines’ Suites and Etihad Airways’ Diamond First Class.

57. Tropical Designs

Indonesia is one of many countries in the world that lie on the equator with high humidity levels, direct exposures to sunlight and unpredictable rain showers throughout the year. These natural weather conditions have to be adapted to and provided for the architecture and interior design of human dwellings, hence iD gave examples of “Tropical Designs” - from private residences in Jakarta and Bali, Talaga Sampireun Restaurant in South Tangerang, MesaStila Wellness Retreat & Spa in Magelang, Kendra Gallery Bali, to the Christus Rex Catholic Church in Jakarta. In the Design Overseas section, we have Lakeside Retreat in Michigan that offers tropical ambiance in its lavish spaces. All of these projects are still well maintained and in good condition.

58. Patterns in Designs

In the rise of contemporary design with its plain surfaces, patterns remained in our heart. This is why we published the “Patterns in Design”. In this edition, we discussed about patterns that were taken as initial statement in various design disciplines and those that rocked the design world. Included in the Features were IZE Seminyak, GMT Institute, Cibinong City Mall, Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton’s Monogram, John Hardy and D’Omah Yogyakarta by Warwick Purser. As a tribute to our own patterns, we had an essay about batik patterns in hospitality designs, included the ones in Keraton at The Plaza, Regent Bali and The Dharmawangsa. Special for this edition’s cover, we commissioned Kekoa Iskandar for his hand Drawing. Kekoa is an Indonesian fashion student who is pursuing his education at the Parsons School of Design, New York.

59. Designing Small Spaces

It’s true that Indonesia Design has been featuring many lavish spaces, but “Designing Small Spaces” is equally important. In this edition, we collected well-designed small spaces in different contexts. There were Ivy Bistro & Catering by Klaus Woizik and Bogdan Vlase (designed by Azhari Rasuman and Fajar Widharta from WAR Architect), a private residence by Atelier Riri in South Tangerangi, a private residence by Yu Sing in Bandung, Yoppi Krisanto’s city apartment, MaxOne Hotel Jimbaran (designed by Sonny Sutanto), Le Salon by Bono, Cihampelas Walk’s Black Building (designed by Budiman Hendropurnomo of DCM), Raffles Hills Mosque and Num8ereight at Plaza Indonesia.

10th Anniversary Edition

The number 10 is often related to perfection or a symbol of achievement, and yet there is always room for improvement. For us at Indonesia Design, it has been a colourful journey filled with appreciation. As we looked back to the last eventful decade, we remember 10 full years of dedication to offer our best in giving you updates on lifestyle and design. Thus, along with this edition, we held the first Indonesia Design Award. We commissioned Senti Rafi to do our cover. Here we exposed the nominations for the awards under the following categories: Hotel, Housing Estate, Landscape, Office Building, Villa, Apartment Building, Restaurant, Overseas, Furniture and Products. We also in this edition had an exclusive feature of Bank Indonesia, as well as other worth the reading articles such as the just-renovated Ngurah Rai Airport Bali, Rimba Jimbaran Bali, Stela Maris Church Jakarta, Oasis Restaurant Jakarta (now closed), South Quarter by Intiland Development, Tiffany & Co. and Regent Bali.

2013 Collection Edition: Working Spaces

We have often covered offices or working spaces in each issue of Indonesia Design. Office life has impacted most of us as working adults since we spend a great deal of our time there. That is why we decided to present to our readers with a collection of working space designs. All of the featured articles were carefully selected based on their unique designs and the diversity. In this edition, we invited you to take a look at a small 6x6 metre office with environmentally friendly designs, an online web company with a playground themed interior and many more. The offices belonged to many kinds of disciplines, from offices of embassies to architecture consultants, to state-owned enterprises. If you are thinking to build or renovate an office, this collection edition can be a source of inspiration.


  1. Next Generation Designs

The evolution of design is heavily influenced by young people, hence we looked at “Next Generation Designs” to consider new horizons in early 2014. We featured the bamboo construction of Sharma Springs designed by Elora Hardy, The BnB Hotel by Sonny Sutanto, Turkuaz Restaurant by Nada Lahlou, MSC School by Samuel A. Budiono, Wilshire Restaurant by Leo Einstein and Su Yenni, The Box Tower by Budiman Hendropurnomo of DCM and 5asec Laundry by Uke Setiawan of Garisprada. In this edition, we interviewed Joshua Simandjuntak about his brand Karsa and his role as chairman of the Furniture Designers Associations/HDMI. Recognising that our magazine was read by an English-speaking audience - from professionals, diplomatic board members to design students - we started to publish fully in English from this edition.

  1. New Hotels

As a lifestyle design magazine, we explore how people savour the current moment. “New Hotels” is one of the themes that we feature annually, so we can see the development and the trend shift in the world of hospitality design. Welcoming summer of 2014, we covered Alaya Resort Ubud, Hotel Tentrem, Rimba at Ayana Resort Jimbaran, ARTOTEL Jakarta, Holiday Inn Express Semarang Simpang Lima, The Crystal on The Bay and Holland Park Condotel in Batu, East Java. The cover of this edition was Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. The picture was taken when the compound was still in the construction process, but half of it was ready to welcome the international delegates of the 2014 Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. This property was fully completed in the last quarter of 2014 and now known as one of the most sought-after five-star hotels in Bali.

  1. Fine Luxury

iD publishes a Luxury edition each year - usually themed “Defining Luxury” - to encourage our readers to reconsider and redefine their concepts of luxury. In 2014, we decided to focus our spotlight on “Fine Luxury”. On the cover, we had the image of a diamond showing the range of features inside on each facet. The main articles covered five-star facilities such as Garuda Indonesia’s First Class Lounge, Ebeya Steak House and Regent Bali Beachfront Pool Villa; lavish property developments such as Gaharu House, Ciputra World Jakarta and Le Parc; and top of the range brands such as Preciosa, Rimowa, and BMW.

  1. Made in Bali

Bali is a huge bowl of inspiration. Many of its elements, the culture, the scenic views, and the mystical practices to name a few, have been a source of insights and the land of dreams for artists, designers and developers. It has also held a reputation as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. With this edition devoted to Bali, we shared a glimpse of the island’s amazing faces; from the architecture to interior to fashion design, from restaurant to product design. We even featured an artwork by I Nyoman Masriadi on the front cover. Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua, Royal Kirana Spa & Wellness, Uluwatu Handmade Balinese Lace are amoung the numerous articles we presented about Bali. The cover of this edition was contributed by I Nyoman Masriadi.

  1. Fashion in Design

There is a first time for everything. In our 11th year of publication, we decided to dedicate much of this edition to the fashion theme. While many fashion designers have ventured far beyond the runway, many architects and interior designers have made their own mark by designing clothing or accessories. To guide us on the subject, we invited Winda Malika Siregar as she was passionate about fashion, knowledgeable and well connected within the fashion industry. Our main features in this edition included Museum Kain in Beachwalk, Bali, Dior Plaza Indonesia and Iwan Tirta Private Collection. We also had four designers to talk about the trend of digital printing in fashion, and up close articles on the creative Tex Saverio and Syagini Ratna Wulan. The front cover was designed by the young and talented visual artist Nady Azhry.

  1. Hi-Tech Designs

In the design world, we have seen hi-tech elements in various places performing various tasks. For example in home design, the application could be as small as an automatic garage door opener in a system we call ‘smart home’. In entertainment, stage design is infused with technological advancements, presenting astonishing light and fountain performances. In this “Hi-Tech Designs” edition, we highlighted a few offices and buildings that strongly incorporated hi-tech elements into the interior and exterior design, namely Google Indonesia, Net TV and MD Place. While we were on the subject, we announced our newly revamped website, designed by our then art director, Canny Ciomas Sutanto.

11th Anniversary Edition

Celebrating our 11th anniversary of publication, we selected “Iconic Designs” from home and abroad. Each article was curated to represent its category - even the ones that are used as the metonymy of its category, such as Iwan Tirta Private Collection, Jamu Sido Muncul and the ring of The Lord of the Rings. In the New Icons, we had Bank Indonesia Solo (designed by Han Awal), The Dharmawangsa Penthouse Lounge and Jalan Tol Bali Mandara. Future icons in this edition included Praxis and Puri 11. We picked iconic historical buildings in Indonesia, iconic monuments in Indonesia and iconic landmarks in Jakarta for essays. We also talked to iconic designers and artists, such as Fumihiko Maki, Jaya Ibrahim, HBA, Davy Sukamta, Nyoman Nuarta and Dolorosa Sinaga. The cover of this edition was commissioned to Nady Azhry.

2014 Collection Edition: Restaurants

In the world of restaurant design, it’s not just a matter of what you eat - even more important is where you eat. Your dining experience is not merely about how delicious the food is, it’s also about enjoying the atmosphere created by the architecture and interior design of the restaurant. This collection edition featured 22 restaurants with unique interiors and culinary experiences. Amuz, Talaga Sampireun, Dapur Babah Elite, Hummingbird Eatery & Guesthouse, Sip Wine Bar and 6 Degrees are just a few of the restaurants we featured. The restaurants were located in several cities in Indonesia. Most are still going strong in their original format while a few have gone through some changes to keep up with the competition.


  1. Home & Living

Welcoming the year 2015, many of our readers probably just came home from a long holiday. That is why we chose the “Home & Living” theme, something they had left for a while and might give them that warm feeling to be in again. Gracing our cover was a modern home illustrated by the rising artist Muhammad Taufiq (Emte). The content of this edition presented many types of inspiring home design. A residence in North Bandung was designed by Suwito Hadi in a classical style with modern touch and strong art deco flair. Erwin Hawawinata combined tropical and colonial flair to create a luxury design for a house in Pantai Indah Kapuk. Meanwhile in Canggu, Bali, we peaked into a Javanese joglo-inspired house that used a lot of wood. In addition, we featured a few houses overseas and tips for decorating a house.

  1. Defining Luxury

Luxury presents a different standard to all of us and it changes from time to time, along with the development of available technology, to support our privileges. In architecture and design, certainly location, space and furnishings determine how luxurious a project is. To some people, having the right things to create comfort is also a luxury, may it be at home, in a restaurant or even in a shopping place. This edition covered various kinds of design projects, from a residential place to an office space. A house in South Jakarta didn’t only have luxurious furniture, but also so many artefacts from all over Asia. We took a peak at Ogilvy & Mather Indonesia’s office, or should we say a ‘home and a playground’ – to give you an idea of what kind of luxury the staff there have. And these were just to name a few of the highlights.

  1. Product Designs & Local Talents

We are surrounded by products; from the chair we are sitting on to the traffic lights that we always wait to turn green. We might not think about it, but all these products have been through a design process. For this edition, we collaborated with Joshua Simandjuntak as the guest editor, who helped us find budding local talents in various design professions. Matoa watches, Kandura Studio ceramics, Suki Wooden Sunglasses and Lungsin clutch bags were among the Indonesian products that we featured. The designers shared with us how they got the inspiration, their design processes and the various challenges they had to overcome. Other designers we featured included Widayanto, who talked about his journey in the art world, and Merdi Sihombing who talked about the inspiration for his works which are derived from Indonesian traditional cloths.

  1. Exploring Designs

This edition explored the variety of designs - in buildings and their interiors. We covered the PS26 Office in Jakarta, which was designed by Rudy Kelana of Wahana Architects, who played with the idea of box shapes. We showed an opulent, classical house in Medan which had been carefully laid out by first considering the feng shui. A mix of modern and oriental styles were found in a house only 35 minutes away from Surabaya Juanda International Airport. Meanwhile the Rumah Regina and Rumah Imelda articles shared some tips about optimising space when designing a house with a rather limited footprint. In line with the main theme, we experimented with a different kind of cover design for this edition. Graphic designer Canny Ciomas Sutanto put together some photos of architecture, products and interior designs with a digital illustration to make an interesting collage.

  1. Yogyakarta

Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta or District of Yogyakarta is known for its strong roots in traditional culture, yet it’s a city abuzz with modern creative energy. Yogyakarta is home to thousands of artists drawn from all corners of Indonesia as well as overseas, and to the country’s largest art universities. In this edition we featured many examples of creative design and crafts made in Yogyakarta, from the traditional to the modern, such as the art of making keris, batik, wooden and rattan chairs inspired by Javanese furniture and many more. Equally interesting was our coverage of The Phoenix Hotel that transports guests to a bygone era with its Dutch colonial architecture. And although Borobudur is located in Magelang, it is often associated with Yogyakarta. Hence we also featured Villa Borobudur, a homely accommodation at the foot of Manoreh Mountain. The cover of this edition was contributed by Indiguerillas.

  1. 15 New Hotels

It seemed that new hotels kept popping up in major tourist destinations in Indonesia. We picked 15 of them to be covered in this edition, each with its own style and uniqueness. These hotels are located in Jakarta, Bali, Bogor, Bandung, Surabaya and Bintan. Gracing the cover was Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. It is a ritzy resort in Ubud, built in a way that it preserves nature with Ayung River, the longest river in Bali, runs through it. Only 45-minute boat ride from Singapore, The Sanchaya Bintan offers a paradise-like resort experience. The post design predominantly in white and is combined with the serene natural part of Bintan Island. Aside from the tour through the hotels in Indonesia, we also took our readers around Vienna – from the St. Stephen cathedral to Schonbrunn Palace and 25 Hours hotel.

12th Anniversary Edition

The number 12 is relevant to the total number of months and the wholeness of a year. Having thinking of this, we came up with the idea of launching the edition themed “Timeless Design”. We got help from 90 architects, interior, landscape, product designers, artists and structural engineers to define timeless design with examples. We selected many kinds of brands and their timeless designs; among others were King Koil beds, Iwan Tirta Private Collection batik, Arbor & Troy furniture, the Eastern & Orient Express, Tuscany marble, BYO Living weaving, Biefbi kitchen, Bagteria bags, Kohler sanitary, TWG tea, Hallning ergonomic furniture, Vivere products, Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta, Innovation furniture, Mercedes-Benz, Smeg fridge, Zippo lighter and Adidas.

2015 Collection Edition: Indonesian Hospitality Rapid growth in the Indonesian tourism sector combined with favourable investment regulations had a galvanizing effect on the hospitality industry. As well as foreign visitors, the number of local travellers had also increased tremendously over the preceding decade. This had encouraged entrepreneurs from various industry backgrounds to expand their business interests into owning hotels. Consequently, the hotel management sector also flourished. Flip through the pages of our “Indonesian Hospitality” edition and you will read about the Indonesian hospitality companies who had made such a big impact on the hospitality scene. Their creative approach to hotel design will also inspire you – hotels such as Tugu Hotels, Mesa Hotels & Resorts and Avilla Hospitality.


  1. Home & Living

In 2016, we opened the year with an inspiring “Home & Living” edition. We featured a diverse range of houses. The one built by Suwito Hadi was dedicated to a twin and had a symmetrical floor plan. We showed a house in Surabaya that was designed with a personalised pattern by Budhi Harmunanto, a very modern house by Paulus Setyabudio and another contemporary house in the same city by Dasquadrat. There was a classic house in Menteng, Jakarta by Erwin Hawawinata and Aji Warpani and a shabby house by Rina Renville. Another house we showed in Jakarta was an excellent example of tropical design by Hidajat Endramukti. Then there was the artsy home by Eko Prawoto for the artist couple, Indieguerillas. From Bali, we showed a private holiday villa by Ketut Arthana.

  1. Defining Luxury

In this March-April 2016 edition, we returned to “Defining Luxury” once again - a theme that has become one of our regular editions every year. This time, various aspects of luxury were explored – appealing to all the senses such as sight, touch and taste. We looked at outstanding luxury hotels and villas including Alila Solo by Budiman Hendropurnomo of DCM, Padma Resort Ubud by Miles Humphreys, W Villa in Pandaan, East Java by Sonny and Aditya Njonoriswondo, Iwan Tirta’s Private Collection flagship store at Grand Hyatt Jakarta, the new AIA office, the art of fine dining at VUE46 and the world’s most exclusive grand piano from The Grand Piano. We also treated our female readers to some very fine examples of glamorous jewellery.

  1. Product Designs

Talent and creativity often combine to create powerful ideas. And sometimes these extraordinary thoughts are translated into tangible things which exemplify the very best in terms of design and function. With that in mind, we at Indonesia Design magazine proudly compiled this “Product Designs” edition. We brought together different perspectives and experiences through an extensive range of products - Anja, Lampu-lampu, Meja-meja and Djalin furniture, Sabbatha handbags, Lima watches, Shopatvelvet clothing, Nine Square by Homewarehome, Arkcraft and Uma/Artesdecorations as well as Myrun wellness tools, Expose concrete tiles and Marquetry Painting by Madero International. Today, all of these brands have firmly established themselves in the market place and have continued to evolve their signature styles.

  1. Apartments

People are always on the lookout for somewhere better, or bigger, or maybe just different, to live. Even slumps in the economy don’t seem to deter developers from finishing construction of their properties, whether it’s a housing compound, an apartment block or even a commercial development. Taking its lead from the growing popularity of apartment living in the country, iD jumped on the bandwagon by devoting a whole issue to “Apartments”. We took an in-depth look at six state-of-the-art city apartments and looked at the wow-factors that gave them their their unique selling points.

  1. New Hotels

As a design and lifestyle magazine, Indonesia Design fully supports the development of the hospitality industry in Indonesia with all the uniqueness the industry has to offer. In this edition, we presented a lineup of hotels and resorts from Jakarta, Malang, to Bali, along with their design characteristics and other interesting details. These included Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, Udhiana Resort Ubud, ARTOTEL Sanur, Alila Seminyak Penthouse, The Samata Sanur, Scala Bed and Beyond and The Westin Jakarta. In addition, there were several pieces on hospitality facilities that have been renewed or even reopened to capitalise on the current opportunities and demands, such as The Shalimar in Malang and The Royal Surakarta Heritage, Solo - MGallery by Sofitel.

  1. Surabaya

When we started back in 2004, we had had our first head office in Surabaya. Later we had regional edition annually since 2014. “Surabaya” came to mind and we made it come true in 2016. We talked about all lifestyle and design related things that were happening in the city - from the art galleries, museums, hotels, salons, fine dining restaurants, properties, product designs, designers to the design communities. We were also privileged to have Tri Rismaharini, the then-mayor of this capital city of East Java to give her insights. With a total of 270 pages, this edition is thus far the thickest one, and we had two version of front covers featuring works by LK Bing (Soekandi) and Sudarman Angir.

13th Anniversary Edition

Earlier in this decade, we witnessed a lot of appreciations to heritage. Some architectural works are brought back to life with preservation and adaptive reuse. Some products regained attention to the trend of handmade quality. In this “Rethinking Heritage” edition, we highlighted some of them. The features presented in this edition included Iwan Tirta Private Collection, Permata Ayung Private Estate, House of Sampoerna (which was built in 1893), Franz Collection porcelain, Grha Wismilak, House of Lay in Pangkal Pinang, Jakarta Cathedral, Pranoto Mongso Chairs by Levendig, Rinjani House, Registry Curated Fine Collection, Olveh Jakarta, Bank Indonesia Museum, Gajah Duduk and National Gallery Singapore. We talked to heritage activists: Atilah Soeryadjaya, Rahung Nasution and Martono Yuwono. Gracing the cover was Pelataran Ramayana, a function hall at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski which was very popular in the era of Soekarno, and it was just renovated upan this edtion

2016 Collection Edition: House Styles

For our 2016 collection edition, we were back with a theme that revolved around house design; this time it was “House Styles”. We compiled more than 20 houses with distinct styles, each reflecting their own interpretation of good taste, where comfort still remained the primary goal. The houses featured here were designed by Hidajat Endramukti, Cosmas Gozali, Erwin Hawawinata and Aditya Njonoriswondo among others. Staying with the theme of living spaces, we also presented Residence 8 and Fraser Residence Menteng Penthouse. And we also had a special report on the Bedrock Hotel Bali - which was also the subject of our cover photo - because the edition was published during the summer holidays.


  1. Home & Living

In our previous “Home & Living” editions, we featured mostly landed houses. But for this edition, one of our main highlights was The Rosebay, a low-rise residence at Graha Famili in Surabaya. Seeing that more people in big cities of Indonesia are more receptive to the idea of living in an apartment, we thought this could be a good reference to our readers. Moreover, it was built within a vast green environment, giving an equally homely feel to a landed house. Nevertheless, we still featured landed houses, such as an exquisite home in Surabaya that we called the Sommerset House, designed by Dasquadrat. Another one was the leisured retreat in the highlands near Malang, designed by dpavilion architects. We also introduced a regular column called Retronesia, which discussed retro architecture in Indonesia, penned by Tariq Khalil.

  1. Diplomacy & Design

We proudly bear the name Indonesia on our magazine. But it does not mean that we don’t pay attention to and appreciate designs by other countries. We wanted to find a local angle as we told the tale of overseas design for this edition. Fortunately, a host of ambassador friends in Jakarta were willing to give us a tour in their residences, which boasted a small sample of exquisite design from their homelands. We could not present all the ambassadors in Jakarta, so we kicked off the theme with the residences of the ambassadors of Sweden, The Netherlands, Argentina, The United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium and Hungary. As for the special report from a local destination, we gave our readers a look at one of the world’s best hideaway resorts: Nihi Sumba (then Nihiwatu).

  1. Working Spaces

The world spins and nothing ever stays unchanged. The same goes with offices and the way we work. We spend more and more of our time working, less and less time actually staying inside traditional offices. Office design in general is less formal than it used to be, putting more emphasis on the people’s comfort in order to maximise productivity. It can also convey whatever statement the company wants others to know. The new Australian Embassy building in Jakarta was amazingly designed by Denton Corker Marshall, drawing inspiration from the iconic rock faces of Uluru-Kata Tjuta in Australia. The design of the British Council’s office in South Jakarta is not just contemporary and ergonomic, it embodies the organisation’s ethos of democracy, inclusivity and diversity. More offices were featured here, as well as a provider of office furniture, Working by VIVERE.

  1. Bandung

We think it’s true to say that Bandung is a byword for design and creativity. The city has given birth to many leading artists and designers – from graphic and fashion design, to fine arts and architecture. So it’s only natural that we dedicated one full edition to celebrate the city for its boundless creativity. We started with having flip covers. One cover showed a painting titled “Palung Kota”, by the living legend Sunaryo, which spoke about the uncontrollable urbanisation of a city and the inadequate response from local government, or how laws are flexible for certain parties. The other cover was from a younger generation, Nusae, a graphic design studio, which uses traditional Sundanese script. The main features in this edition were Moxy Hotel by Marriott Hotels, Rumah Mode and interviews with then mayor Ridwan Kamil and renowned artists Nyoman Nuarta and AD Pirous.

  1. Defining Luxury

Different people have different definitions of the word ‘luxury’. For some, luxury is having a ‘me time’ or as simple as sleeping in on a weekday. But a lot of people use it to refer to the privilege of indulging in the enjoyment of great comfort and pleasure that are additional to the necessary. In this edition, we presented some of the finer things in life to highlight some of the facets of luxury – from opulent houses such as FS Residence and Batik Dempo House to indulging in hotels like Rumah Luwih in Bali and Intercontinental Dago Pakar, to sipping TWG Tea’s beverage brewed from gold-plated tea leaves. In addition, we compiled a list of Bali’s finest resorts, consisting of Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bulgari Resort Bali and a few more. Because we love sharing design inspirations, we also brought you a summary of Maison&Objet held in Paris, September 2017.

14th Anniversary Edition

Exactly last year, we published our 14th Anniversary edition. Here we featured Indonesian remarkable personalities and works from different disciplines; such as Ir. Ciputra, Cosmas Batubara, Hendro Gondokusumo, Jasin Tedjasukmana, Toyo Ito, Citibank Indonesia, Galleria andLayan Residence. In the Design Overseas section we had Zaha Hadid’s cinegenic masterpiece known as Heydar Aliyev Center. We covered leisure retreats from Sequoia yacht and Hidden Hills Villa. We commissioned Sinta Tantra to do our front cover. The artwork then turned into 3D to be the trophy of 2017 Indonesia Design Awards, which nominations can also be found in this edition.


  1. Home & Living

We rolled in to 2018 with joy and new edition themed “Home & Living”. We had had this theme a few times before, but it seems never enough to present them since there are too many beautiful homes out there. This edition featured residences in several cities of Indonesia including Bandung, Surabaya, Jakarta and Denpasar. Paul Smith and Viveka Kumari’s apartment was a gallery of their life journey, adorned with furniture from Arbor & Troy. Another residence took its inspiration from a Sanskrit word ‘sujiva’, meaning ‘comfortable life’. The design embraces the Balinese communal space concept but manages to foster a sense of privacy. Not to be missed, Bumi Sampireun restaurant with its homely and natural ambiance, cleverly designed by Piter Gan Architect.

  1. Working Spaces

Offices nowadays come in various designs. Some are adorned with tasteful artworks like Citi Indonesia and Tusk Advisory, some are as one with nature elements like Genius Loci, and some are rich with futuristic and playful elements like Geyer’s office. In this edition, we also invited our readers to have a look at Indonesia Design’s very own office, where the editorial magic happens. Furthermore, we shared with you the times we were abroad for work – covering Samsung’s latest innovation in Rome, attending the inspiring Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt, and participating in the Austrian Leadership Programs (ALPS) in Vienna. Back in Indonesia, we reported about Bekraf’s participation in the Indonesian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

  1. Defining Luxury

Luxury comes in many forms and standards. But there is one common criterion that defines it, which is rarity. The more difficult to get, the rarer a product or a service is, the more luxurious it is in the eyes of many. So, aside to featuring things that are considered luxurious in a general sense, we also brought to you stories on rare ‘gems’ such as Fuya, a 4,000 year-old technique of making a bark tree dress in Central Sulawesi, and Riedel, a 250-century Austria-based old glassware maker. Our specially printed cover was designed by Rinaldy A. Yunardi, a self-taught Indonesian designer who has marked his name internationally. As always, we also shared with you amazing architecture of hotels and residences – this time from Indonesia and a few other Southeast Asian countries.

  1. New Hotels

Leisure travel used to exclusive to the rich but it is now something most of us take for granted. With the increasing number of people travelling, the types of accommodation available have become much more varied. Recently, hotels have been racing to present Robinson Crusoe-like experiences, without forfeiting the modern-day comforts. Travellers can find rooms tucked away in a jungle, floating on water, or perched on dramatic hills but still enjoy the most luxurious facilities. Examples that we highlighted in this edition were Bawah Reserve in Anambas Islands, Capella Ubud, Bali and Nihi Sumba. We saw Avalon Waterways offering luxury river cruises that explored the surrounding environment. And for those who just wanted to relax near the sea, we also featured hotels like Golden Tulip Holland Resort in Batu and Cassia Bintan by Banyan Tree.

  1. Trends in Design

Trends may come and go, but good design will often outlast fickle changes in taste. For this edition, we interviewed several design experts in Indonesia to get their insights into current trends. And we covered as much design ground as possible – from architecture to fashion, from interiors to graphic design. Going ‘green’ is a major recurring theme that we’ve observed in design in general, as seen in the Hotel Santika Premier Bandara Palembang. Combining traditional and handcrafted elements with modern design is also what’s ‘in’ nowadays, such as the products of Noesa and Ong Cen Kuang. Besides the main theme, we brought to you stories from our travels to Budapest and major cities in Poland and our thoughts on the architecture we saw there.

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