A PLAT­FORM FOR ART

Yuni Jie

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In­te­rior and prod­uct de­signer Yuni Jie of Jie De­sign was re­cently asked to cre­ate a liv­ing space for an art-col­lect­ing cou­ple at their new house in Senopati, South Jakarta. “The clients wanted the house to be a plat­form for their art­work col­lec­tion,” says Yuni. “So it had to be neu­tral and warm enough to be the blank can­vas for all of their paint­ings and sculp­tures.”

The three-storey prop­erty, which oc­cu­pies 350 square me­tres of land, has plenty of open space within. Upon en­ter­ing, a cosy liv­ing room dom­i­nated by shades of grey wel­comes us. An in­ti­mate cof­fee ta­ble is cov­ered with books and can­dles. In front of the liv­ing room is a wall of glass that al­lows us to view a small court­yard with a tree. The din­ing room can seat eight peo­ple. The guests would gather be­neath two Foscarini chan­de­liers. Made of light wood that de­picts yellow co­conut leaves, the chan­de­liers give the room a sense of el­e­gance.

It took ar­chi­tect Wil­lis Kusuma and Yuni about two years to com­plete the house, which the art lovers moved into last De­cem­ber. “This is a place where they can dis­play their art col­lec­tion at its best, while still main­tain­ing a sense of warmth and cosi­ness,” says Yuni of the project.

“With­out be­ing in­tim­i­dat­ing at all, this home is suc­cess­ful in terms of blend­ing mod­ern art with clean, un­der­stated in­te­rior de­sign. I love a con­tem­po­rary sense of style that is

“Ev­ery res­i­den­tial in­te­rior de­sign that I cre­ate has to be able to stand the test of time and evolve with it’s owner’s life”

straight­for­ward and un­pre­ten­tious. I think it suits our fast-phased ur­ban life­style to­day. On top of that, ev­ery res­i­den­tial in­te­rior de­sign that I cre­ate has to be able to stand the test of time and evolve with its own­ers’ lives. My goal for this project was to com­bine a place for their art col­lec­tion with a cosy place to dwell. I think we achieved that.

“We used a lot of sig­na­ture pieces from top Ital­ian brands, such as the Ground­pieces L shape sofa from Flex­form and Grande Papilio from B&B Italia. The gen­eral mood is un­der­stated, time­less and ef­fort­less. Most of the fur­ni­ture colours are in the neu­tral earth­tone range. Thus, the art pieces can be the fo­cal point of the room be­cause they are more unique, both in colour and shape.”

Yuni, who stud­ied at Cor­nish Col­lege of The Arts in Seat­tle and the Pratt In­sti­tute in New York, says she par­tic­u­larly en­joyed this project be­cause the clients were so co­op­er­a­tive. “The de­sign process went pretty smoothly be­cause of good and in­ten­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” she says. “There was no big chal­lenge re­ally. Ev­ery­thing went pretty well and the clients have be­come good friends. For me, the ba­sic rule in de­sign­ing the in­te­rior of a house is that I have to ac­com­mo­date the owner’s needs. That’s the key to it. The de­sign has to speak the owner’s per­son­al­ity.

“In this project, the own­ers are avid art col­lec­tors who of­ten con­sulted with founder and CEO of Artjog Heri Pe­mad when buy­ing art­works. So, I am pro­vid­ing a blank can­vas for their ex­quis­ite pieces. They have a quirky paint­ing by Sam­sul Arifin in the liv­ing room and resin art by Arin Su­naryo, which I love so much. Over­all, I en­joy love their art col­lec­tion, whether is the “Goni Man” by Sam­sul Arifin or the “Gi­ant Cross” by Ugo Oen­toro. I think this home tells a story about the own­ers’ pas­sion for art.”

Among the clients’ many art­works, what is the stand-out piece? “I feel that the Ron­ald Ven­tura’s paint­ing in the mas­ter bed­room, which the clients hand-car­ried from New York, is the cen­ter­piece,” says Yuni. “It is a mul­ti­lay­ered paint­ing that utilises a broad range of im­agery fo­cus­ing around the hu­man form. I could hardly take my eyes off the paint­ing when I first saw it.”

clock­wise from left: ‘GUGURNYA SANG PEMIKIR’ PAINT­ING BY SAM­SUL ARIFIN AND‘KEEP YOUR EARS OPEN’ ART IN­STAL­LA­TION BY FENG WEI AT THE LIV­ING ROOM; THE WARM AND COSY BED­ROOM

clock­wise from left: THE ARTSY COR­NER WITH ‘AR­MOR’ PAINT­ING BY RON­ALD VEN­TURA AND ‘ KOMEDI PUTAR BAHAGIA IN­DONE­SIA’ PAINT­ING BY HERI DONO; YUNI JIE

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