Hi all, better late than never– so I just want to share this one project that completed in Dec 2017. It was a small project called Raja Room, at Samsara Indonesian Cuisine, Jakarta. The task was to convert one little dining corner in the restaurant into a private room with a feel of a “gentlemen’s club” yet it should be flexible and wholesome enough to be used for (non-gentlemen) private gatherings. This space was projected to be able an independent and separate from the main restaurant.

THE CONCEPT: An artdeco inspired space with a contemporary twist and Indonesian/Javanese touch. The main inspiration came from the life and life style of Mr Nitisemito, a successful Indonesian entrepreneur from Kudus, Central Java who owned a cigarettes company back in 1930’s who was later known as Raja Kretek (King of Cloves). His fiery passion for interior design and architecture was shown in his art deco styled mansion which still exists in Kudus until now. The idea was to bring back his design spirit and present it in the project in a contemporary and relevant style. Hence we named the space Raja Room.

THE RESULT: A space that is cozy, serene, classic yet modern and eclectic. A contemporary take of the art deco style. The choice of dominating Oxford blue wood panel was meant to deliver the message. As the art deco identity is retained in the use of gold colour in the artwork, furniture and wall decoration. The style of the chair and sofa resembles the art deco style — only simplified. The gold plated metal arm chair, sofa and all wall decoration are exclusively custom made including the fine porcelain plates. An artwork of Sang Raja himself was displayed as a tribute as well as an artwork of his mansion. A fine handmade batik was hang to finish the look. what do you think?