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CASA Indonesia 2018 highlights local cultural heritage-inspired designs

Liza Yosephine
Liza Yosephine

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, June 1, 2018 | 12:03 pm
CASA Indonesia 2018 highlights local cultural heritage-inspired designs

Among the exhibitors is Kayunara, an Indonesian designer-based furniture company, which launched its 2018/2019 collection that comprises 12 new items.  (Courtesy of Kayunara/File)

Annual design and living exhibition CASA Indonesia returns this year with over 60 tenants, showcasing the latest interior and architecture designs while highlighting works inspired by local cultural heritage.

Held in Jakarta at the Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place ballroom from May 31 until June 3, the event this year boasts the theme "One Nation". 

Exhibition director Cosmas D. Gozali said the event aimed to showcase Indonesian creativity, which often times is perceived as limited to small handicrafts. Cosmas said the exhibition showed the potential could be expanded into conceptual designs and realized as contemporary interpretations.

"With the theme of ‘One Nation’, the diversity and uniqueness of the Indonesian nation holds a potential that must be maintained and realized as a unique unity," Cosmas said.

Under the theme, which highlights local Indonesian designs, the exhibition also seeks to inspire young designers to unite through creations inspired by Indonesia's rich cultural heritage. Creations displayed include those inspired by local elements such as tenun and rattan. 

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Interior designer Diana Nazir, who is also creative director of the exhibition, said the event was also a chance for visitors to gain fresh inspiration, as each year the platform brought together new creative designs.

"So additionally, a visit to CASA Indonesia is not only a chance to shop or enjoy creative works but visitors can also learn about design a step further," Diana said. 

 

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CASA Indonesia exhibition grounds comprise several zones, beginning from the “Designer Living Showcase”, which features 10 designers from various fields, such as interior, product and landscape. Another zone, “Architectural Project”, presents works by 52 architects.

Among the exhibitors is Kayunara, an Indonesian designer-based furniture company, which launched its 2018/2019 collection that comprises 12 new items. 

After its initial collection, which closely embraces Indonesian origin, the new collection explores a more contemporary design mixing Eastern and Western cultures.

Additionally, the exhibition, which this year enters its ninth installment, is for the second time supported by the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), as the government agency also featured a curated collection grouped under "IDentities", which boasts handmade contemporary Indonesian designs. (kes)

 

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