TRIBUTE TO JAYA IBRAHIM
As the interior design world mourns over the passing of Jaya Ibrahim
, we are remembering his
legacy that consists of designs bearing symmetrical patterns such as The Legian in Bali, The Dharmawangsa Hotel
in Jakarta, The Fuchun Resort
in China, The Setai
in Miami, The Club at The Saujana in Kuala Lumpur and The Hacienda Uayamon in Yucatan.
never attended interior design school, he
was placed in the same category as many international interior designers.
distinct vision and concept of beauty made him into one of Indonesiaâ€™s best interior designers who left us his
words of wisdom, â€œAn interior design can only be successful when the person using it can understand the design and is able to enjoy it to the fullest.â€
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was the first event speaker at Indonesia Designâ€™s 11th Anniversary Seminar held at The Dharmawangsa
in Jakarta, a hotel that features his
Indonesian colonial inspired design.
talked about his
best projects such as The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam among others.
first personal project was his
parentsâ€™ new family home in the mid 80s.
was in England at the time, he
was influenced by the Memphis movement and the celebration of the centennial of Sir Edwin Lutyens.
took the aforementioned strands and styles and designed the private house.
personally, it was an experiment above all and a test to his
As for his
most memorable masterpiece, he
considered The Legian Bali of being just that since it was his
first commercial project and he
allowed the energy of its surroundings to naturally dominate and be part of the interior design.
It was a masterpiece precisely because nothing was done to impress onlookers!
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was interested in the world of design ever since he
was young but in those days, being an interior designer was not a popular occupation in Indonesia.
So Jaya studied economics in England and when he graduated, he worked for a year in accounting but soon realized that it was not his calling.
then moved on to work as a back of house employee at the Blakes Hotel and Hempel Hotel.
One day, his
aesthetics caught the eye of London-based designer, Anouska Hempel
asked him to help her
in the design department.
found out he
enjoyed being involved so much that he
did not see it as a job.
It remained his
passion ever since.
education was more about how to organise his
thoughts and how to foresee the implications of certain moves or decision makings.
was still working in England several people told him that Indonesia was rapidly constructing buildings but not many interior designers were available.
At the same time England was hit by economic crisis so projects were scarce.
decided to return home to Indonesia in 1990.
Years later he established Jaya International Designs.
According to Jaya
, balance and symmetry create tranquillity.
When someone enters a room with a symmetrical layout, the person will immediately feel relaxed and is not burdened by further ideas as to whether the furniture inside the room would look better elsewhere or if the view would be improved across the room.
wanted guests to instantly unwind when they get inside their rooms and enjoy their stay there.
The three important characteristics of a well-designed interior according to Jaya
were: A well thought-out circulation, a human scale and a good background; all characteristics that he
possessed as he
left us his
Yes, our country indeed has lost one of its nationâ€™s greatest sons, respected mentors of interior design and a wonderful human being.
, may you rest in peace.