Going to the Casa Indonesia fair in Jakarta is like coming home and meeting old friends again, such as Lisa Madeipa Malonda, director of Atlas Education Services, Andre Roesli of the University of Jakarta, Abie Abdillah, designer, and winner of the competition in 2015 with a chair now produced by Giulio Cappellini, Cosmas Gozali, designer of the impressive entrance installation, Lutfhi Hasan, designer and owner of Jakarta Vintage, and Miranti M. Lemy, editor-in-chief of Casa Indonesia and promoter of the Casa Indonesia furniture fair.
In one year the quality standard of the exhibitors at the 9th edition Casa Indonesia, 2017 has improved (I was also there at the 8th edition in 2016). The projects proposed by the students at completion were interesting and well-realized. It was not easy to select the winner from among them, as the ideas were all brilliant and the level of production was consistent across the board. The jury, of which I was a member, decided to select one winner per category (lighting, furniture, kitchen and objects). The best of the best was Zulyo Kumara with a rattan bench, designed to underline the flexibility of the rattan.