For a family home in Bandung, noted interior designer Roland Adam plays with the idea of creating a timeless and understated creation.
Roland Adam is a popular, highly regarded interior designer who has been a household name in Indonesia for more than 30 years. In that period, he has built an impressive portfolio of high-end residential developments, houses, apartments and multi-residential spaces. “I’ve been doing interior design for 30 years, mostly residential, but I also like to design apartments, lobbies, restaurants, villas and stores as well,” he explains.
Now, a successful design goes beyond a client’s brief; understanding the client plays a huge part. “A design is deemed successful if the client is satisfied. On that note, getting to know the clients’ preferences and characters are important,” says the interior designer of Goodlife. “There’s a satisfaction when you can implement a vision – a match between the clients’ needs and my very own interior perspective – that’s been well thought out.”
For one of his latest projects, the Tendean residence, Adam applied the aforementioned approach. “The client’s brief was simple: create a cosy interior and every room has to be functional,” shares Adam. “My client and I did some research about the kind of interior that would be suitable for the family’s needs. In the end, the result was simple. The idea behind this house was to build an interior that is as timeless as possible with an understated design.”
The result is spacious, glamorous and luxurious at the same time, as it draws in the indoors from all angles. Upon entering the house, almost immediately you can feel how open it is. Two paintings on each side and a couple of artworks as well as antique vases welcome you as you walk inside. Inside, the house is dominated by neutral colours such as white, beige and grey with warm wood accents on the ceilings.
“There’s a satisfaction when you can implement a vision – a match between the clients’ needs and my very own interior perspective – that’s been well thought out.” – Roland Adam
Aesthetically speaking, in order to enhance interaction between family members, the play of proportions and volumes in this house – through widths, lengths, and heights – creates an extensive experience as one moves through the house where everyone is within sight. This particularexperience is contained within an architecture delimited by bands of wall providing privacy and shade, clean lines and strategic windows that inform the quality of light.
The compositions of the tall and deep spaces brought about the expression of light and shadows in various ways, as the skylights bring light into inner spaces. Two large glass windows on the left and the right-side stand from ceiling to floor overlooking the swimming pool at the back. Moreover, the entire first floor is dedicated to the open kitchen, the beautiful living room and the grand dining room. The interior is also filled with a gallery area and a grand piano underneath the staircase that adds to the stylistic expression of the house. On the other hand, the upper floor houses bedrooms and another living room as that serves as a reading zone.
Adam and his team created the whole interior of the Tendean residence – which is situated in Bandung – from scratch. In total, this project took 18 months to complete. “When it comes to the initial process for this residence, it only took six months,” Adam elaborate. “However, for the whole interior, it took around 12 to 18 months to make the house completely perfect.”
Speaking of which, he also notes that the idea of perfection can often vary greatly. “The perfect home, after all, is different for every single person,” he points out. “However, to me, the perfect home is a place that you can enjoy and be happy in with your loved ones. On top of that, of course it has to be beautiful as well.”
Asked about what are some his favourite pieces in the house, he shares: “To be honest with you, I love most of the pieces in this house. However, if I have to choose an item or two, I would pick the living room sofa from Minotti, because it’s comfortable. Aside to that, I also like all the chandeliers from Serip, because they surely make the room livelier and less masculine.”
In the end, with its open-plan design, its play of composition, proportions and volumes, as well as meticulous attention to detail, this home is truly the embodiment of its owner’s character, dreams, personality, and also hopes. As such, creating an unmistakable timeless appeal in this house remains one of the most rewarding aspects for Adam. In the case of Tendean residence, this has resulted in a glamorous, luxurious and spacious interior that unfolds in a series of awe-inspiring design statements.
Photo credits: Yudi DH