For its Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Bika Living brings local design to a new level and celebrate a bit of national pride.
Bika Living has just launched its Spring/Summer 2019 collection in collaboration with two Indonesian designers: Abie Abdillah and Eugenio Hendro. Behind this collaboration was Bika Living’s vision to elevate local designs to a whole new level. This spirit is evident in this month’s table setting with its tropical theme, with a wealth of elements made in and representing Indonesia.
The setting was styled by Disyon Ezer Kharisma, Creative Director and Founder of MHDSY Haute Décor and took place at Bika Living Pacific Place, SCBD. Walking into the space felt like stepping into the dining room of your family’s vacation home. “This time we want to do something different by serving a breakfast style table setting which really define our style,” says Aisyah Ramadhani, Creative Manager of Bika Living. “We have the most exquisite collection to offer, but at the same time we make it as casual as it can be. The concept of this setup is to emphasize the desire to live well and bring these ideas closer to people, since the idea of living well is important for everyone.”
The Sheya Dining table in rose gold is the first item that stole our attention due to its unique shape—particularly the legs. “Abie Abdillah is known for his creations using rattan, so for this Spring/Summer 2019 collection we challenged him to create something new that contrasted against his well-known designs,” Aisyah elaborates. “He added a feminine touch in the form of the interwoven structure to soften the masculine feel of the metal. Bringing wood and metal together was not an easy task, but the final product shows how these two materials, when combined properly, can bring about a new dimension of luxury.”
In another expression of femininity, the Opal chair by Eugenio Hendro features delicate curves and lines inspired by tusuk konde, the traditional hairpin used by Javanese women to hold their hair up. Surprisingly, despite their graceful and rather delicate proportions, the chairs provided a comfortable fit for just about everybody regardless of height and body shape.
Since the setting was quite informal, the breakfast was served casually on hand-painted tableware from Bika Curated and silverware from Ralph Lauren Home. A range of Indonesian delicacies including traditional cakes and fresh fruit were placed on a Bika Curated cake stand featuring three porcelain tiers with a beech wood stem. Another functional showpiece was the Bika Curated Porcelain Parrot Jug, which vied for attention with the Bika Curated Flamingo Salt & Pepper container. A touch of local craftsmanship was added in the form of a multifunctional wicker basket from Du’anyam, a social enterprise working together with women in Flores to create woven products. Finally, a sense of luxury was brought into the setting by way of a a Saint Louis Crystal Tumbler, Zalto Mystique Magnum Decanter and Zalto glasses.
“Bringing a local spirit to the market is the ultimate pleasure for us and we love to explore more talented young designers,” Aisyah said in closing. “This year, the Sheya Dining Table and Opal Chair will become Indonesian representatives at the Maison Objet in Paris in September. We feel so honoured and we hope that Indonesian designs will become more appreciated in the global market.”