Indonesia Design - Defining Luxury

When Traditiona­l Meets Modern

- ST ORY BY Vira Tanka P HOT OS BY Bagus Tri Laksono, Viro

A colourful installati­on in the form of an infinity symbol could not be more attractive to the eyes of visitors. “Anata Rupa” was specially designed for the Bintaro Design District (BDD) with the Inclusivit­y theme. Not only does it include an excellent collaborat­ion between architects Anneke Prasyanti and Dani Hermawan (Formologix Lab) with Viro, it also invites the public to interact and have fun with it.

The collaborat­ion did not happen overnight. Anneke had noticed Viro’s materials since 2017 in an exhibition and thought it would work for her heritage and traditiona­lstyled architectu­re projects. In 2019, when BDD’S curator Hermawan Tanzil invited her to be one of the exhibitors, she immediatel­y reached out to Viro. Long story short, meetings took place, which included Anneke, Viro’s teams of colour developmen­t and framework technology, and Dani, who has been collaborat­ing with Viro in other projects. The Inclusivit­y theme sparked an idea of making something interactiv­e, placed in a public space and can be used by anybody. Anneke brought her expertise in Indonesian traditiona­l and heritage buildings to the table. The project is using colours that have meaning in some of the Indonesian traditiona­l cultures – Batak, Dayak, Sumba and Bajo, while the weaving is made with a Lomboknese weaving technique, done by Viro’s weavers in Banten. They agreed on highlighti­ng a bit of Indonesian traditions with this project. As for the roundish infinity shape, it was advised by Dani. He is very knowledgea­ble in creating and exploring complex geometry through computatio­nal design techniques. As a result, the form that created can be very attractive. Viro has been producing eco-faux environmen­tally friendly all-weather wicker material since 1985. Their products have

been used in internatio­nal projects before they finally decided to penetrate the Indonesian market a few years ago. Being rooted in Indonesia, they have a commitment to support the preservati­on of Indonesian culture through their projects. So this goes in line very well with the “Anata Rupa” installati­on. However, Viro’s products mostly come in a brown or grey colour spectrum. So they needed some time to develop the colours requested by Anneke. In the allotted time, which was around a week, they managed to create new colours such as red, yellow, black, blue and white. And having products used mostly as roofs and walls, they now have to create much stronger frameworks. As a result, the installati­on has a weight capacity of up to 100 kg. Seeing how the visitors loved the installati­on, Kebun Ide, the restaurant where it was exhibited, offered for a longer duration of display. “Another collaborat­ion involving the same team is brewing. Something for teenagers with positive vibes,” said Anneke, giving us a hint of her upcoming projects. Other than that, a few projects of traditiona­l housing renovation and planning await her. “I want to apply more local wisdom in my projects because I’ve seen that resorts or homestays like this is what most tourists look for,” Anneke added. “Anata Rupa” is proof of how well traditiona­l values can go hand in hand with modern technology. Besides creating an installati­on that’s fun for everyone, the process has also been nothing but inclusive from the get-go.

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04 Anneke Prasyanti 04
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03 Dani Hermawan 03
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05 Colours with meaning in traditiona­l cultures 05
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02 Children playing on the installati­on 02
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The making 06
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