Dulux Let's Color Goes to JOGJA (part 2-end)Monday, July 23, 2012
Hi! Sorry for the delay in posting this second part of the post. Well, the hardest part in maintaining a blog is to keep the mood for writing. But, better late than nothing, right? ;) So now I'm going to tell the rest of the story when Dulux Let's Color team went to Jogja to cover several places that has inspiring architecture or interior. On this part, there are three places that I'm going to talk on. They are d'Omah, D-Bodhi, and Sangam House.
d'Omah is a very unique hotel. The ambience and atmosphere is really different here. They offer a stay with an authentic javanese village feel. d’Omah was formerly Warwick Purser’s family compound located at Tembi Village, Bantul, Yogyakarta. Tembi village itself was just a typical Javanese village until Indonesia's handicraft guru Warwick Purser decided to move there and establish the design.
Warwick bought several houses in Tembi, and with some renovations he made the houses as the hotel room. There are four large residences at d'Omah. They are Rumah Joglo, Rumah Pendopo, Rumah Camat, and Rumah Demang. In front of every house type has its own semi-private swimming pool that fed by natural spring water. Me and the rest of the team stay at Rumah Demang house.
Semi-private pool in front of our room
The room has a batik wallpaper
In the middle is Mr.Warwick Purser
My favorite spot in d'Omah is the lobby area. It has a contemporary feel that mixing javanese culture with modernity. The combination of vivid blue of the wall and the natural brown color of the wood is really stunning!
Some products of D'Bodhi at their workshop
Going crazy after shooting at D'Bodhi
Sangam house is more than just an ordinary Indian restaurant in Yogyakarta. It also has a boutique, Yoga studio, and an art space. The owner of the place, Jean Pascal, said that the idea of establishing an Indian restaurant in Yogya, is that Yogyakarta (Java) and India has a close connection in ancient history.
Talking about the interior of this restaurant, it has a very bright and vivid color on its walls. Each room reflects different city in India as the theme, such as Mumbai, Rajasthan, etc. They also use an authentic Indian ornaments and decorations from the particular city. But for the chair, they use colonial woven-rattan chair that is commonly used in Java. The using of this chair is to reaffirmed the whole concept of the place: The connection between India and Java.
The interior of Sangam House with its bright and vivid wall paint
In the middle is Jean-Pascal, the owner of Sangam House
Sangam House was our last stop that ends our visit in Yogya. Now I'm not only understand why Yogya is well-knowned as the heart of Javanese culture, but I also learn that Yogya has a charm that attracts other art and culture to blossom in this city and makes a dialogue with local culture.