Prestige Indonesia - Lifestyle - - CONTENTS - Ron­ald Liem PUB­LISHER / ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Why do ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers make the choices they do? this is a ques­tion we ask each year when we put to­gether our spe­cial Pres­tige Life­style is­sue. one of our most im­por­tant goals in cre­at­ing this an­nual is­sue is to help our read­ers see their homes through their de­sign­ers’ eyes.

Among the im­por­tant dis­cov­er­ies we have made in our ex­clu­sive in­ter­views with de­sign­ers from North amer­ica, europe and in­done­sia is that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to style. in­deed, many of the de­ci­sions de­sign­ers make are sim­ply emo­tional - based largely on how the client is go­ing to live. as in­te­rior de­signer roland adam puts it in one of the “res­i­dence” ar­ti­cles in this is­sue: “in the end, i al­ways put the client first. it’s a mat­ter of giv­ing up your own ego.”

Emo­tion is cer­tainly a word that can be at­trib­uted to the ap­proach of Ghana­ian Bri­tish ar­chi­tect sir david Frank adjaye obe, the sub­ject of our cover story. “ev­ery square foot of this project has been a mas­sive in­vest­ment of blood, sweat, and tears - eight years of in­ten­sive work,” he says of his stun­ning smith­so­nian Na­tional Mu­seum of african amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture, which opened in septem­ber last year.

Else­where in this is­sue, we meet ti­mothy cor­ri­gan. this em­i­nent de­signer was so in­spired by a move to Paris that he gave up a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing to launch an in­te­rior de­sign firm that com­bines euro­pean el­e­gance with cal­i­for­nia com­fort. his for­mi­da­ble client list in­cludes roy­alty, hol­ly­wood celebri­ties and cor­po­rate lead­ers.

How do in­dus­trial de­sign­ers find their in­spi­ra­tion? Piero Lis­soni, a lead­ing ital­ian ar­chi­tect and de­signer, is widely ad­mired for his min­i­mal­ist style. “our ad­ven­ture be­gan, as for all young ar­chi­tects, with a glass of milk with cook­ies and so many sleep­less nights,” he tells us of the found­ing of his firm.

Among the in­done­sian de­sign­ers we caught up with for this is­sue is alvin tjitrowirjo. this bril­liant young fur­ni­ture creator sees his role as that of a prob­lem solver. he is also a great pa­triot. “ten years ago, no one was do­ing any­thing to pro­mote in­done­sian cul­ture through de­sign,” he de­clares. “that was what drove me to cre­ate my own brand.”

Good luck to him and to the other tal­ented in­done­sian de­sign­ers – yuni Jie, abie ab­dil­lah, eva Natasa and diaz adis­as­tomo – we in­ter­viewed for Pres­tige Life­style 2017. Keep up with us 24/7 by vis­it­ing our web­site at pres­ti­geon­line.com/id and check­ing out our so­cial me­dia up­dates on Face­book, in­sta­gram and twit­ter. happy read­ing!

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