Java Style


Photographs by Tara Sosrowardoyo, Text by Peter Schoppert, Contributions by Soedarmadji Damais
208 pp, 280 mm x 250 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4260-60-2
RRP USD35.00 buy from amazon

Category: Architecture & Design
Theme: Indonesia

A highly refined aesthetic, a rich history at the crossroads of Asia, and the materials and sensual possibilities afforded by a tropical environment have all led to the creation of Java style. The pavilions of a 500-year-old mosque, the linked colonnades of the kraton, or palace, of Java's sultans, neoclassically styled verandas of a colonial administrator's villa, the cloistered courtyard of an 18th-century Chinese mansion, public buildings that form part of the greatest flowering art deco outside Europe: all these are the settings of Java Style.

This book is a celebration of the architecture, interior design, furniture, and lifestyles that make up Java's unique visual culture, and of the creative possibilities afforded by Java's rich collection of antiques and art objects.

Peter Schoppert is a writer, publisher and multimedia producer who first came to Southeast Asia in 1978. In 1984 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study social change in Singapore, and he has made the island city-state his base ever since. He has written on Southeast-Asian art and culture for regional and international magazines, and has contributed to a number of books on Southeast Asia, including Borobudur: A Prayer in Stone. For several years he was the Editorial Director of one of the region's leading book publishers. Peter runs, a popular Internet site dedicated to Southeast-Asian arts and heritage.

Soedarmadji Damais is Director of the Jakarta History Museum and Chairman of Paramita Jaya, the Jakarta Museum's Association. He has studied architecture, languages, literature and history in Indonesia, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. He has written widely on Indonesian art and textiles, and was contributor to Pusaka: Art of Indonesia.


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Tara Sosrowardoyo started his career in photography in 1977 as a stills photographer in the Indonesian film industry.

A joint or sole contributor of images to many books, Tara has also been featured in publications worldwide such as The New York TimesTimeGEOAsiaweekNewsweekMarie Claire, and The New Yorker. He has shot multiple TIME (Asia) magazine covers and many portraits of influential figures in politics, business and the arts in Southeast Asia.

Tara has participated in numerous photography exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. He has held solo exhibitions at the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia (1995); Gedung 28 in Jakarta, (2002); Valentine Fine Art gallery in Kuala Lumpur (2003) and at Zinc Gallery in Kuala Lumpur (2010). Tara is based in both Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

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