Travel throughout Indonesia is a visual and spiritual feast with each island a world unto itself. The equator and the Wallace Line cross this archipelago and are partially responsible for dramatic differences in flora and fauna, the topography, and the physical appearance of the people. Yet, there is so much more. History has played its role in rendering each of Indonesia's over three thousand inhabited islands unique. Every tribe or community was shaped by oral tradition and its experience with foreign traders and colonizers.
Indonesia has a very old soul that embraced ancestor spirits since time began. Migrating Indian, Chinese and Arabic traders introduced their complex Eastern cosmology - the result a blend of organic and imported mythology that influenced the art and architecture from the Majapahit period forward. Western colonization occurred much later. The Portuguese, Spanish, English and most visibly, the Dutch left their mark in what became a hybrid of Javanese and Western architecture referred to as the Indies Style of the late 18th and 19th centuries.
World War II brought the Japanese. Their expulsion led to a dismantling of foreign rule and Indonesia's Independence. By the 1970's, much of what was not considered modern in Java was demolished or spirited away to be stored in barns or warehouses. This is the focus of our travels throughout rural Java: the discovery of these salvaged remnants of Java's past we collect and display as Gallery.
Bali is another world entirely. Strong Hindu-Buddhist traditions overwhelmed Western influence. Texturally, Bali is rich. The eye can hardly absorb the panorama of gods carved into ornate temples that delineate each village. Add to this the constant fragrance of flowers and burning incense, the insect hum and the melodic percussion of gamelan music, and the Bali experience is nearly one of sensory overload. Here, where the delineation between inside and outside hardly exists, we rediscover how to live. This is the inspiration for our Stone and Furniture Collection.
All of Indonesia is fragile. Located in the Ring of Fire, it is vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Yet, one feels the resilience of its soul as one travels from island to island. The communal voice of the ancestors, and the stories they have to tell, speak through Indonesia's most indelible resource - the artistry of its people.