Roland Adam

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“The orig­i­nal con­cept was to cre­ate a ser­viced apart­ment, fully fur­nished with a five-star ho­tel vibe, that would be rentable”

As an es­tab­lished in­te­rior de­signer whose port­fo­lio spans from Jakarta to Sin­ga­pore, Syd­ney and Am­s­ter­dam, Roland Adam is a mas­ter of re­al­is­ing a client’s vi­sion for his or her home. “I pre­fer the per­sonal ap­proach,” says the pi­o­neer of in­te­rior-de­sign col­lec­tive ID12. “I go to their house, in­ter­view them and ob­serve their daily ac­tiv­i­ties.” No won­der that, af­ter that, the re­la­tion­ship grows into a friend­ship and they be­come loyal clients.

Among Adam’s loyal clients is a fam­ily who have known him for 20 years. His re­cent 400 sqm Ju­nior Pent­house project at Botanica Apart­ment on Jl. Sul­tan Iskandar Muda, South Jakarta be­longs to the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion.

“They trusted me com­pletely, so I might say this place rep­re­sents 75 per­cent of my­self,” says Adam. “The orig­i­nal con­cept was to cre­ate a ser­viced apart­ment, fully fur­nished with a five-star ho­tel vibe, that would be rentable. As a re­sult, I de­signed it in a time­less man­ner. I used earth-tone colours be­cause they never go out of style.

“To liven up the at­mos­phere, I used play­ful mo­tifs, es­pe­cially for the rugs and wall­pa­per. In the liv­ing room, I placed red dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows as an ac­cent to the light brown couch. There are two stripy chairs in earth tone hues and I com­bined th­ese with light turquoise dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows with pais­ley mo­tifs. It’s fun to play with mo­tifs once in a while.”

Firm­ness, sym­me­try and a lit­tle mas­culin­ity are the three main el­e­ments that can be found through­out the pent­house, from the way Adam ar­ranged cen­tre­pieces on the din­ing ta­ble to the way he placed the ac­ces­sories in the room. For ex­am­ple, he placed two ta­ble lamps on each side­boards to bal­ance the com­po­si­tion. Mean­while, on the din­ing ta­ble, Adam put two stupa-shaped or­na­ments and placed a fresh flower ar­range­ment be­tween them. He added other green ar­range­ments in the din­ing room.

“Re­cently, there has been a de­bate among in­te­rior de­sign­ers re­gard­ing the use of real and ar­ti­fi­cial plants,” says Adam. “Main­tain­ing real plants and flow­ers is not easy. Some peo­ple don’t have the time or en­ergy to re­place flow­ers once or twice a week. Oth­ers just find us­ing real plants to be im­prac­ti­cal. I per­son­ally pre­fer real flow­ers, but in the end it all comes back to what the client prefers. If they will­ing to do the main­te­nance, then we can go with fresh

flow­ers. If they don’t, there are a few com­pa­nies out there, such as Jade, of­fer­ing high-qual­ity ar­ti­fi­cial plants. They look so real, even I can’t tell the dif­fer­ence! But for this spe­cial photo shoot for Pres­tige, I asked my friend Amalya Ha­si­buan to do the flow­ers and plants.”

How about the fur­ni­ture choices? “I’m not a big fan of curved fur­ni­ture,” Adam de­clares. “The only curved fur­ni­ture I used for the pent­house are round cof­fee ta­bles in the liv­ing room, which were specif­i­cally re­quested by the client. Oth­er­wise, I used fur­ni­ture from Forme, Merid­i­ani, Saniharto, Moie and Mis­soni. The artis­tic wall­pa­per is by Arte and the rugs by Fio. The pent­house is even more spe­cial, I feel, be­cause of Ratna Dar­mawan’s magic touch. She is a light­ing de­signer from SSA Light­ing and also a good friend of mine.”

Adam spent three months de­sign­ing the pent­house. His favourite room there is the liv­ing room. “Be­cause this is an apart­ment, there’s no sep­a­ra­tion be­tween liv­ing room and fam­ily room,” he says. “It’s fun, yet chal­leng­ing, to cre­ate a room that is com­fort­able for both guests and the mem­bers of a fam­ily. To over­come the prob­lem, I placed a big couch for the fam­ily in the mid­dle. It fea­tures big cush­ions so it is very com­fort­able. For the guests, I put two chairs on the other side.”

Joe D’urso, Aldo Rossi and the late Jaya Ibrahim are Adam’s favourite in­te­rior de­sign­ers. “They taught me the prin­ci­ples of de­sign­ing,” he says. “Dis­ci­pline is im­por­tant. You can’t put things in ran­domly, just be­cause they look good. In the end, I al­ways put my client first. It’s a mat­ter of giv­ing up your own ego. At the end of this project, the fam­ily de­cided not to rent out the place but to live there them­selves. The pent­house be­came com­fort­able for them be­cause it mir­rored their way of liv­ing.”

“Dis­ci­pline is im­por­tant. You can’t put things in ran­domly, just be­cause they look good”




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