The se­cret to good de­sign

Prestige Indonesia - Lifestyle - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

What is the se­cret to good in­te­rior de­sign? it’s like put­ting to­gether a win­ning out­fit: choose one state­ment item and build ev­ery­thing else around it. it might take months to find just the right paint colour, sofa or bath­room tap, but the quest is def­i­nitely worth­while in the end.

in this is­sue of Pres­tige Life­style, fo­cus­ing on the very best in ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign, our Cover story fea­tures the Bel air home of fash­ion de­signer Monique Lhuil­lier. she and her hus­band wanted their spa­cious French manor-style re­treat to be a rest­ful “es­cape from colour”. What the house lacks in bright hues is more than made up for by sheer so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

“My de­sign jour­ney has al­ready taken me to places i have never imag­ined be­fore,” says in­te­rior ar­chi­tect an­dré Fu in an ex­clu­sive interview. his no­table com­mis­sions in­clude the Up­per house in hong Kong and the Fuller­ton Bay ho­tel in sin­ga­pore.

Mean­while, skate­boarder turned artist-de­signer Jaime hayon, whose fur­ni­ture can be seen at Repub­lic of Fritz hansen, tells us how stay­ing true to him­self has helped him be­come one of the most in­flu­en­tial de­sign­ers of the last decade. Chi Wing Lo, whose fur­ni­ture can be found at Bika, de­scribes how he has brought a Chi­nese aes­thetic to the de­sign field in italy.

No event is fun with­out flow­ers, so we were de­lighted to be able to pick the brains of the United states’ Kiana Un­der­wood, owner of san Fran­cisco flo­ral de­sign stu­dio tulip­ina, and in­ter­na­tional flo­ral and event de­signer Karen tran when they vis­ited Jakarta in re­cent months.

Else­where, we meet the ar­chi­tect Peter Marino, who be­came fa­mous for de­sign­ing the late andy Warhol’s house in New York. to­day, Marino’s im­pres­sive client list in­cludes Bernard ar­nault, Chair­man of LVMH, and Chanel owner alain Wertheimer.

One of indonesia’s top ar­chi­tects, Yori an­tar, Di­rec­tor of han awal & Part­ners, tells us in an ex­clu­sive interview that he be­lieves his pro­fes­sion is about more than just de­sign­ing build­ings. “ar­chi­tec­ture has to be a prob­lem solver, and be­come a bridge be­tween the gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­ests and so­ci­ety,” he says. a sim­i­lar sense of ide­al­ism was ex­pressed by Realrich sjarief and abo­day’s Rafael David when they dis­cussed their ap­proaches to ar­chi­tec­ture.

i hope this spe­cial is­sue of Pres­tige helps to en­rich your knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what goes into el­e­gant home liv­ing. happy read­ing!

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