Could Indonesian design be the next big interior trend?

Could Indonesian design be the next big interior trend?


Over the past few years we’ve seen no end of stylish Scandinavian interiors and minimalist Japanese decor.

But it seems as though many of the world’s top interior designers are finding that Indonesian themes are able to give even the dullest of homes an exciting new look.

Nowhere is this better witnessed than through the wonderful mid-century modern designs at the Katamama hotel in Bali. This boutique hotel saw the designer, Andra Matin, teaming up with Surabaya carpenters to craft ornate bespoke furniture through utilising centuries-old Indonesian traditions.

With a fantastic blend of angular geometric designs from the 1960s along with the rich wooden tones of Indonesian Grade-A teak, it presents an interior design style that recently wowed the critics at Condé Nast Traveller.

Indonesia has long had a fantastic reputation for innovative architecture with the likes of Airmas Asri and Andyrahman all helping us gain a greater understanding of what’s been called ‘tropical modernism’.

Whilst there has been no shortage of tropical trends in recent years, it’s nice to see a look emerging that’s about so much more than pineapple lamps and tropical-themed interiors.

What makes the modern Indonesian aesthetic work so well is the way that it uses rich colours and rugged textures to create a look that’s powerful without being overpowering.

With some of the on-trend colours like teal and forest green, along with some of the faux leather beds from Bedstar, and a nice shabby chic wooden table, we could all get a look that approximates some of the more down-to-earth Indonesian designs.

Even something as simple as lighting has given Indonesian designers like Budiman Ong plenty of scope for experimentation. By fusing modernist elements from Scandinavian design, with some locally sourced materials, it provides a great lesson in how a nation can come up with a decor that’s completely unique.


Whilst many of us may think of Indonesian design as being restricted to well-known motifs like wooden batik masks on the wall, ornate carved wood in a headboard on a faux leather bed, and plenty of rustic fabrics, it’s nice to find that a few designers are willing to push things forward.

So whilst the legendary cuisine of Indonesia has found plenty of advocates all over the world, it seems as though the interior design stylings of the nation could prove to be equally successful.



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