The Jakarta Post
The Dharmawangsa in South Jakarta was among Jaya Ibrahim's first projects. (Courtesy of The Dharmawangsa/-)
Luxury hotel The Dharmawangsa in South Jakarta is notably distinct in its sophisticated design, boasting subtle touches of decor reflecting Indonesian history and culture balanced with timeless modernity.
Indeed balance is a keyword that defined the creations of late interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, with The Dharmawangsa being one of his first projects in the 1990s that grew to become one of the masterpieces he produced throughout his life.
The Legian Bali is also another of Jaya's outstanding designs in Indonesia, while he also worked on interior projects abroad, including, among others, luxury hotels in China and Singapore.
Jaya passed away in 2015.
Three years after his death, a tribute was held recently for the late designer, gathering family, friends, partners and those who supported his career, in an evening together at The Dharmawangsa.
Rommy Ardian, interior designer and managing partner at Kalandara Design Studio, had worked with Jaya since 1999. He said Jaya had always included cultural aspects or local crafts in every project, whether in Indonesia or abroad. Each project held a unique relationship between local culture and design, Rommy added, noting it as Jaya's strength in creating a harmonious design.
"One of the signatures of PakJaya is symmetry, composition and balance in the creation of a design," Rommy told The Jakarta Post.
After four years of working together, Rommy resigned in 2003 before eventually returning to work with Jaya and becoming a partner by 2005.
"While working with Pak Jaya, I learned a lot from him in designing a room that is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and where space and harmony is present," Rommy said.
Shaun Yeo, who became Jaya's first employee in Singapore 10 years ago, said Jaya stood out as a disciplined designer with immaculate taste, juxtaposing different colors, textures and materials in a spot on manner.
"At the same time, even though Jaya was a designer who comes across as he knows exactly what he wants, I also feel that there is a side of him that is very open. He embraces different cultures, different characters, different roles in this beautiful story," Yeo said.
Yeo has forged his own design company, SAY, and partnered up with Agnes Affandy, who is also a former employee of Jaya. Agnes further noted Jaya's ability to combine various material, making even inexpensive material look expensive.
"He was very particular about balance," Agnes said. (kes)