HBA, the global leader in hospitality interior design has completed the new 173-room Raffles – the first in Indonesia – creating an “Ode to Hendra Gunawan.” Combining the colorful spirit of the beloved Indonesian artist, Gunawan, with the richness and nostalgic elegance of classic design, Raffles Jakarta explores all avenues of creative reinterpretation.
“Hendra Gunawan was one of the top 5 painter maestros of Indonesia and Hendra’s personal style and innovative approach to his art became an iconic thread throughout the hotel’s interior design,” says David T’Kint, Lead Designer and Partner at HBA Dubai. “Explosions of immense color amidst a backdrop of golden tones transform the everyday hotel experience into an exploration of art.”
Upon entry, the lobby and reception greets guests with an amazing sense of grandeur and elegance. Warm golden toned marble is contrasted with rich veins of onyx from floor to ceiling, creating a canvas within the space, and is a reoccurring detail throughout the hotel. Guests are invited to sit upon the elongated, 4-meter chaise lounge to admire the colorful collection of hand-blown glass that transforms the ceiling into a sculptured piece of art.
The vividness of color and expressive use of line in Hendra’s paintings are captured in soft furnishings and unique lighting fixtures in the lobby. Large installations of artwork on the walls and ceilings are creative interpretations of Hendra’s paintings hand selected by the hotel’s owner Mr. Ciputra from his private collection
Adjacent to the lobby is The Writers Bar, where the playful and bespoke design tells the story of Hendra’s early childhood experiences and his love of color and nature. The ceiling is sculpted with showering crystals while vibrant fish swim through the custom made carpet below.
The guestrooms represent the artist’s retreat, whereby the subtle collaboration of art and luxury meet, fusing an air of superior relaxation. The bedroom is kept separate from the lounge making each room feel like a suite. Warm beige stone and wood are combined within the millwork and flooring creating a complimenting backdrop to the colorful tones of the furniture and accessories.
Touches of Raffles’ romantic and classical architectural details are felt throughout the hotel and are especially evident in the lobby, ballroom, meeting room, and guestrooms. These details are reintroduced with a touch of modern refinement and elegance, combining the lush nature of Indonesia with the timeless design of Raffles.
Mr. Ciputra’s vision to give a tribute to Hendra Gunawan is evident throughout Raffles Jakarta; creating a destination where the passion of those who are inspired to create come together.