Friday, April 3, 2009

Honai Garden Resto

After 9 months of construction, the Honai Garden Resto has finally completed. The project scheduling had been hampered mostly by the inadequate proficiency of native Sorong construction worker. Aside from that, the difficulty of securing wood materials for the construction had contributed quite significantly to the delay of the project amid the controversy of illegal logging issue in Papua.

The restaurant is meant to showcase the wood construction design of the Honai House of Papuan/Papua Design. It featured three Papuan Gazebos alongside a fish pond where the guesses can literally fish their own catch to eat.

Restaurant business in Papua, surprisingly, is highly profitable. A simple Warung Tenda/Kaki Lima (a non-permanent restaurant casually erected at the side of a street) can yield a turnover of 1 billion rupiahs per year.

Hence, our team is set out to conquer this land of opportunity almost utterly led by our "artistic" business sense.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Contemporary Papuan/Papua Painting

At last, the first commercial engagement is signed in late February 2009.

A Sorong-based Hotel and Resort, Klawalu, has agreed to feature one of our design products as the art piece in their property. We call the design Contemporary Papuan Painting which was originally developed and applied to our own showcase property, the Orchid Executive Lounge.

It is a blend of Indonesian Batik style of painting with also a great influence of dot painting style of Australian Aboriginal art.

Much to our regret, our "limited" research on original Papuan Painting style has not been successful in constructing a convincingly distinctive style of traditional painting of Papua. Again, incoherent tribal variation is the culprit. It is our homework left to resolve.

Perhaps, the most recognized traditional art of Papua is Asmat's carving. Hence, we take some of its styling such as block coloring and bold outlining into our design.

In addition, we figure that the closest style of painting which has a strong Pacific feel to it is the Aboriginal dot painting.

We become confident to adopt the style of painting into the design since we can even find similar technique of dot painting in Papuan tribal body painting.

Further, we also think that it is both logical and relevant to blend Indonesian Batik style of painting into the design. You can, in fact, immediately see the similarity and compatibility of the two styles of painting.

Finally, we bring in local items such as native culture, flora and fauna into the design to make it contextual.

Thus, our Contemporary Papuan Painting is not based on the original and native Papuan style of painting (if such thing even exist). The term contemporary precisely means that, an entirely new and modern interpretation of Papuan painting style.

Originally, the style of painting was applied to the Orchid Executive Lounge interior. Thus, the media used was wall paint on cemented wall or plywood partition.

For Klawalu project, we try to experiment with the wall paint on canvas. To our delight, wall paint works well on canvas. It is much faster to dry up than the commonly used oil paint. This is convenient since we have less than a month to complete more than 50 painting pieces with only 1 experienced painter and 4 cameos on the paintbrush.

But more than anything, wall paint give us an economical option for this over-discounted first commercial project.

Presented on this page are some examples:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Honai Papuan/Papua Gazebo Design

Among the first complete products that we set out to make is none other than the Honai itself.

Honai, in many of the Papuan myriad dialects, simply means the house. The term is so popular that it is generally adopted as the designation for Papuan traditional house.

In fact, the indigenous design of the Honai varies as myriad as the Papuan tribes and dialects. The common conception, though, is that it has a rounded shape body as well as house cap.

Below are several examples of Honai that we can find on the internet.

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The Honai that we have in mind is in the form of knock-down Gazebo that we intend to use as a signature property of a restaurant in Sorong, Honai Garden Resto.

We set ahead by experimenting with modern woodworking practices in constructing a knock-down gazebo with a perfectly round roof.

Lacking Papuan original design reference, we eventually come up with a contemporary design that takes advantage of available local materials, the exotic Merbau Wood (Kayu Besi)and Sago Palm Leafs.

We almost take all the materials raw. The standard dimensions of the timber we used are uniquely Papuan:

- 10 cm x 10 cm x 400 cm
- 5 cm x 10 cm x 400 cm
- 5 cm x 5 cm x 400 cm
- 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 400 cm

We use the 10-10 for post, beam, and joist; while for flooring, we utilize the 5-10 pieces.

This might sounds to much for such application especially for Indonesian standard where usually the like of 5-10 timber is used for the joist and the like of 3-30 is used for flooring.

Nonetheless, the end result is quite satisfactory. For example, you would hardly feel any bouncy movement when you walk across the floor.

Further, the calculated overall volume of wood material used is only slightly more than the norm. This is because we can spread out the joist spacing to as much as 100 cm apart.

The 5-5 and 2.5-5 are employed in the railing with oscillating design in such a way that the modern/contemporary feel is established.

The perfectly round design of the gazebo roof is quite challenging. The traditional roof design of honai is, in fact, more conical than spherical shape.

Honai House of Papuan Design

Honai House of Papuan Design was informally declared at the end of 2008.

The vision is to be the center of excellence for applied Papuan art design which, even now, has yet to show its existence and significance in the Indonesian design establishment.

Our mission, therefore, is to dig up indigenous Papuan artworks and try to develop a standardized form of art that can recognizably and distinctively called Papuan art.

Our motive is, nonetheless, commercially driven. Hence, we set out to produce contemporary products in which our Papuan art design is to be applied. - Kumpulan Blog-Blog Indonesia