Design News: Around Town and Beyond


A few of our favourite things at Indonesia Design this week.

Jakarta: IINDIGO Lounge at the Doubletree

We’ve got a new favourite space for a quick escape from the SCBD: Under the stars, by the pool at the IINDIGO Lounge at the Doubletree Jakarta in Cikini. Well-crafted design makes for a unique experience. We love the seductive lighting as we look up at the sky. We love the calming effect of water from the expansive lagoon-shaped pool. We love the comfortable rattan sofas and pillows. Of course, easing into the evening is made easier with a full menu and concept cocktails devised by expert mixologists, and the vibe gets stronger when the DJ pumps of the volume as the evening progresses.

Jakarta: Fairmont x Iwan Tirta Private Collection

Era Soekamto, the creative director of the Iwan Tirta Private Collection, has given a very traditional touch to the Signature Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Jakarta. Her exquisite take on batik motifs will adorn the sweet and savoury delectables on offer throughout April at the Peacock Room, where the decor has been curated with pillows featuring dazzling patterns from the Iwan Tirta Private Collection. Fairmont Jakarta General Manager Carlos Monterde is upbeat about the collaboration with one of the nation’s most revered heritage brands, noting that Fairmont has a century-long history in presenting the heritage practice of afternoon tea. Meanwhile, The Iwan Tirta Private Collection will present pieces from its latest collection, “Condrosengkolo”, at Fairmont Jakarta’s Grand Ballroom on April 26.

San Francisco: Renzo Piano will add His Work to SF Cityscape

Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Renzo Piano will be one of the famous architects who contribute works to the cityscape of San Francisco. The building, 555 Howard, will be developed by Pacific Eagle, which has also done The Langham Hotels. For this project, the Italian design firm will collaborate with SF-based Mark Cavagnero Associates. The 36-story mixed-use building will house 69 residential units and 255-hotel rooms, besides supporting facilities. The glass building will be topped with a rooftop bar that allow guest to enjoy 360-degree view of the coastal city.

Guangzhou: Gateway at The Maritime Silk Road by Aedas

Aedas designed the Nansha Kingboard, a mixed-use project in Guangzhou, China. The architecture forms a series of stacking geometric blocks that rotates by 45-degrees on the upper floors to maximize views. The development will be built on an irregular-shape plot in a prime location. Thanks to the location, it will be gifted with the view of Jiaomen River and Phoenix Lake. Upon its completion that is scheduled on 2020, the building will have 80,762 sqm total gross floor area.

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