New in Design: Our Eclectic Desires


Explore Indonesia Design's top picks of the latest releases in the world of design this week, from the eclectic to the exquisite.

Tilda Swinton Designed Korean Eyewear Brand Gentle Monster

You know who Tilda Swinton is, but you probably don't know that she designed sunglasses. Check out her collaboration with Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster, which features three different hues and styles. Two feature thick acetate frames in three colourways. The second one is nearly frameless with thin stainless steel rims, designed to establish mirrored lenses. The Korean brand, an avid fan of Swinton, says that the actor represents the core identity of Gentle Monster. With this in mind, the brand collaborated with Swinton both as the designer and also the campaign star.

The Modular Sofa That Offers Unlimited Options

Welcoming the sofa that is designed to suit spaces of any size, Blå Station's modular Bob sofa. Designers Thomas Bernstrand and Stefan Borselius worked with furniture company Blå Station in creating the 26-centimetre-wide modules to form any-form-you-want sofa. Deemed the Editor’s Choice at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017, the Swedish furniture company configured six different modules that can be modified from one-person armchairs with plush armrests to caterpillar-like formations. Bob’s frame is made from plywood with moulded foam with wide selection of fabrics and colours. Having the benefit to fit for small to large living spaces, the Bob sofa is optimised for transport as the modules can be arranged perfectly to fit the Euro pallet.

Munnu the Gem Palace: Latest Jewellry Collection from Siddharth Kasliwal

Looking for some exotic ruby jewels? Check out this unique design from Siddharth Kasliwal, Sindoor. The ninth-generation jewellery designer and owner of the legendary Jaipur-based gem house Munnu the Gem Palace began conceptualising the ruby series after stumbling upon a 4-inch-tall bejeweled box made by Siddharth’s father, Munu. Kasliwal’s family have served as the crown jewelers to country’s maharaja since the mid-18th century. Now, their company has completed the collection after two years of development, supported by intensive labor from the company's trained artisans in Jaipur. The result is a ruby jewelry series that captures the antique box’s opulence and artistry.

Jaime Hayón designs interiors for Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel

Feeling eclectic? Visit the hybrid Arabic and Moorish hotel, The Barcelo Torre de Madrid. The playful aesthetic is a depiction of the city’s diversity and richness, all set inside a 1957 building. Best-known for his recurring animal imagery, Spanish designer Jaime Hayón chose a jewel-toned colour palette accompanied by remarkable art pieces such as a zebra-striped bear wearing a brass top hat, as a nod to Madrid’s coat of arms. Hayon also collaborated with furnitures and lighting companies, such as the Danish furniture company Fritz Hansen to global design house Gubi. Inside bedrooms, visitors will be greeted by his other art pieces such as a Monkey table, Catch chairs and Palette tables.

Banker’s Desk Lamp Revamp for 2017

Taking inspiration of early 20th-century corporate culture, Mark Moussa of Arterior introduced the Dexter Desk Lamp. 1909 Emeralite Lamp of Harrison D. McFadden became the main muse of Moussa’s creation. He took the glass from the Emeralite’s shade to be the base of the lamp with crystal-poured twist. He also created his own shade brass in keeping Emeralite’s opaqueness. The Dexter does not look like Emeralite in a glance because it offers geometric shape, shorter profile and boxy base which respects the McFadden banker’s lamp for its own traits.

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Barbara Hahijary
Barbara earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the Interior Architecture Program of the University of Indonesia in 2013. Historical or heritage buildings, as well as utilitarian design, fascinates her as it is the interaction between people and architecture that remains her favourite topic to explore. Besides architecture, her interests include design, handcrafts, literature and social issues.

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