The art of French de­sign

Prestige Indonesia - Lifestyle - - LUXURY LIVING -

Baker, the premier U.S. de­signer and man­u­fac­turer of fine home fur­nish­ings, presents the Jac­ques Gar­cia Col­lec­tion ex­clu­sively at Bika in Ke­mang. The col­lec­tion’s fur­ni­ture, up­hol­stery and ac­ces­sories for the liv­ing room, din­ing room and bed­room are de­signed by one of Europe’s most sought af­ter de­sign­ers.

Gar­cia’s pieces re­flect many as­pects of the de­signer’s per­sonal and com­mer­cial suc­cesses and his life­long pur­suit of col­lect­ing and pre­serv­ing the art of French de­sign. Gar­cia se­lected ma­hogany and French cherry solids and ve­neers for the case goods and white gold to ac­cent many of the pieces. In­cluded in the mix is the se­duc­tive Art Deco-in­spired Bar des Élix­ers, a full-fea­tured, deluxe dry bar, scaled to im­press and make a state­ment in any room; and the re­mark­able Atrium se­ries, which in­cludes a daybed, arm chair and din­ing chair.

With more than 40 projects com­pleted each year, Gar­cia con­tin­ues to build upon his rep­u­ta­tion with an ever-grow­ing list of high-pro­file projects in­clud­ing such renowned fives­tar lux­ury ho­tels as the cel­e­brated Ho­tel Metropole in Monte Carlo, and the re­design of Hô­tel Fou­quet’s Bar­riére on the Champs-elysées. One no­table project is the restora­tion of the re­gal Château de Champ de Bataille. Pur­chased by Gar­cia in 1992, Champ de Bataille is filled with ob­jets d’art and dis­plays the full range of Gar­cia’s abil­i­ties to recre­ate its draw­ing rooms, gal­leries, game rooms, and li­braries.

Nes­tled in the quaint coun­try­side of Nor­mandy, the in­trigu­ing in­te­rior of the Château de Champ de Bataille in­cludes a grand stair­case of lime­stone with a balustrade re­splen­dent with met­al­work, and a haunt­ing cathe­dral filled with an­cient arte­facts. The King’s Cham­ber and Re­cep­tion Room boast a breath­tak­ing col­lec­tion of 17th and 18th cen­tury Imari and an 18th cen­tury hand-painted Sévres din­ner ser­vice fea­tur­ing a dif­fer­ent species of bird on each plate. Gar­cia’s pri­vate res­i­dence on the grounds sur­rounds a vast pool and outer ter­race, the cas­cade of doors and win­dows open­ing the in­te­rior to the pro­fu­sion of flow­ers, dec­o­ra­tive top­i­aries and out­build­ings that serve as the dra­matic back­drop to this mag­nif­i­cent es­tate.

Champ de Bataille is a tan­gi­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Gar­cia, his be­liefs and the scale of his creative tal­ents, but the story be­gins quite humbly. As a young boy, he vis­ited many chateaux, in­clud­ing the Château de Champ de Bataille, with his father. As an only child to par­ents of mod­est means, it was his father, a tal­ented, but un­re­al­ized artist in his own right that sparked the first flame in Gar­cia to pur­sue a ca­reer in de­sign. At an early age, Gar­cia be­gan to ac­com­pany his par­ents to Paris flea mar­kets and sec­ond hand shops, ig­nit­ing a cu­rios­ity that led to a deep in­ter­est and un­der­stand­ing of French de­sign. His mother, who nur­tured and en­cour­aged her son’s creative tal­ents, kept the fam­ily firmly grounded in the pre­sent and pro­vided Gar­cia with a stead­fast de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed at ev­ery­thing he tried.

“The af­fec­tion I re­ceived from my par­ents forged an in­vis­i­ble yet in­vul­ner­a­ble shield for me,” says Gar­cia. “My en­ergy has its source in the ten­der­ness of a gen­uinely happy child­hood.”

Bika Jl. Ke­mang Raya No. 91, Jakarta 12730 Tel: 62-21 719 8080

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