Prestige Indonesia - Lifestyle - - CONTENTS - Ron­ald Liem

The best ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers – the ones who de­sign build­ings, struc­tures and prod­ucts that re­ally mat­ter – tend to pro­voke ex­treme re­ac­tions from both ex­perts and the pub­lic. They are ge­niuses, or they are id­iots. There is no mid­dle ground. This hap­pens be­cause, like all great artists, the top de­sign­ers chal­lenge con­ven­tion and push the en­ve­lope. They don’t do safe, straight­for­ward work. Why would they? What they do de­sign of­ten of­fends or even en­rages peo­ple. And this is good news for all of us who want to live in a world that does not bore us to death.

Zaha ha­did, the first woman to win the cov­eted Pritzker Ar­chi­tec­ture Prize, in 2004, is an ex­traor­di­nar­ily gifted de­signer who cer­tainly po­larises opin­ion. I am thrilled to say that we were able to se­cure an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with her for this an­nual spe­cial is­sue of In­done­sia’s lead­ing high-society and lifestyle magazine. We also pro­file bernard Tschumi, ar­chi­tect of Vacheron Con­stantin’s stun­ning new head­quar­ters. In ad­di­tion, we train our spot­light on some of In­done­sia’s most tal­ented in­te­rior and prod­uct de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing Yuni Jie, Alvin Tjitrowirjo and Leonard Theosabrata.

No is­sue of Pres­tige Lifestyle would be com­plete with­out our an­nual It List, a guide to some of the na­tion’s most in­no­va­tive and in­spir­ing in­di­vid­u­als. Among the beau­ti­ful, and very smart, peo­ple in the list for 2015 are Ju­nita Liesar, our Fash­ion Icon of the Year; Margaret Vivi, our so­cialite of the Year; and Kelly Tan­diono, our It Girl for 2015. There are many more fas­ci­nat­ing in­di­vid­u­als to dis­cover in our lat­est It List. start read­ing about them all on page 33. To make sure you re­ceive all is­sues of Pres­tige in 2015, please look for our ex­cit­ing sub­scrip­tion of­fer on page 94.

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