Deft by Design
Interiors phenomenon speaks of the graceful historical culture in Indonesia for her latest project, the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
With Four Seasons Jakarta, the concept was to stay true to what Four Seasons Hotels stand for – world-class luxury, timeless elegance and sophistication with careful consideration of the city’s local culture and history. Our goal was to create a beautiful, memorable space that both guests and locals can enjoy. I was inspired by the mix of Asian and European cultures there and my vision was to tell the story of Jakarta’s past, present and future through design. A perfect example is our nod to Indonesia’s Dutch colonial period when spice traders shaped the region. This is reflected through the designs in one of the hotel’s lounges, the Nautilus bar, where a large mural features schooners en route to port complemented by delicately swirling lines in the carpet to evoke the feel of the ocean. One of the design challenges we faced was how to convey the cultural context in a captivating and dynamic way. When I first visited Jakarta, I already felt an undeniable pull towards the city and its people. It is an amazing place with rich history and constant movement. And there is a delightful blend of different cultures which are celebrated in Definitely India Mahdavi and Christian Liaigre.