Classic Order (www.culturedlifestyle.com)
THERE IS SOMETHING EXCITING ABOUT exploring interior design projects from far away places. In this particular case the destination is Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tucked away in a high-end real estate complex, interior designer Hans Susantio, from the firm VIN DA TE Interior & Architecture, was faced with a challange—establish a classic design with an Art Nouveau style, while embracing a statement of contemporary lifestyle with a modern twist.

"We wanted the concept of combining something remarkable, elegant and classic, to blend seamlessly in a contemporary lifestyle setting" says Susantio. Working with contractor architect Iwan Susantyo of PT Scala, and façade architect Rio Mazimillian from VIN DA TE, the final formulation that emerged was a geometrical layout with façade window frames treated with a slight curveature of the windows.

The ground-up construction took the better part of four years to complete. Built on a quarter of an acre, the multi-story home boasts almost eleven thousand square-feet of interior space. All the materials and finishes were carefully selected by the architect and the owner, including the special exterior coating imported from Japan, window frames and special paints. The hardware handles, hinges and door locks, were imported from Germany, From Italy came the chosen marble and appliances. And furniture selections also had an international flare being imported from the U.K, Italy and the U.S.

As you enter the main floor you feel a sense of a calm; a balance between the white marble floors and black marble stairs, and the warmth of earth tone hues emanating from the surrounding walls and chosen furniture.

The small Coco round accent table is a Barbara Barry piece for Henredon as well as the hexagonal hatbox accent table. A diamond chest, another Barbara Barry piece, is one she created for Baker. Under the curved marble stairway, standing statuesque, is the The Beat Vessel Collection from Tom Dixon—simple, aesthetic and traditional, these Indian water vessels and cooking pots are all handmade of brass.

Poltrona Frau's Chester One pouf sits center on a rug from The House of Tai Ping completing the comfort and tone of the living room that leads into the dining area.

Central to the point-of-view of the home is the mezzanine area that connects two floors and ends with a dome ceiling. Each of the three layers is designed with a ring of lights that surrounds a descending Jubilee Chandelier by Schonbek. Although the master bedroom is on the main floor, the second floor was designed to only accommodate additional bedrooms.

Susantio combined the main floor's space to create a sense of unity between the kitchen, dining area and living room. Using a glass-top table by Porada, thus keeping the visual experience light but suspenseful, he then added the more formal leather and wood Samo chairs by Poltrona Frau and several exquisitely delicate Baccarat mille nuits d'or ceiling pendant lamps.

Fulfilling the owners desire for 'wholeness', a home theater and outdoor pool were essential components making complete this extraordinary four-year experience.

Interior Designer, Hans Susantio
VIN DA TE Interior & Architecture
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