Lessons in displaying art at home

In this Bintaro, South Tangerang home in Indonesia, we can learn a thing or two about displaying our collectables – courtesy of Eko Priharseno from Indonesian design bureau AEDI.

  • Lessons in displaying art at home

Text by Yen Kien Hang

Many of us enjoy collecting, whether it is books, music, sports memorabilia, kitsch or art. In the case of the owners of this home in Indonesia, it is Bearbricks. The problem for them lay in displaying them properly, and they sought the help of AEDI Design Bureau co-founder and lead designer Eko Priharseno, whose solution was to create dedicated spaces for them from the get-go.  

“The homeowners are deeply entrenched in the food retail industry, and lead vibrant lives filled with travelling, sports activities like golf and running and alongside newfound passions for cooking and music,” says Eko. However, their penchant for collecting had seen them accumulate an extensive collection of art. Yet, the lack of display space had led them to appear to be disorganised and quite ‘hoarder-ly’. “So, the biggest challenge lay in organising the collection while maintaining a functional home.” 

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Addressing this challenge, acrylic shelving was custom-made for small to hundreds of medium-sized Bearbrick collections, while larger pieces were strategically placed throughout the house. Wall spaces were used as a canvas for other modern abstract paintings, bringing forth a symphony of colours and forms. This design not only accommodates the owners’ extensive collection but also creates a dynamic and visually stunning environment where every piece finds its perfect place, contributing to a home that is a true celebration of artistic expression. ‘Casa Objet’, as this home is called, indeed embodies an art gallery ambience.

Interestingly, this 4,112-square-foot home also serves another purpose as a special residence for the homeowners’ 17-year-old daughter to be closer to school. Instead of enduring a daily two-hour commute from their old home, they opted to purchase and renovate this house to serve as a weekday residence and to facilitate their daughter’s study sessions with friends. During the weekend, it will be transformed into a retreat for intimate dinners and BBQ nights with friends. 

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Hence, the design brief for AEDI also included a need to bridge the gap between the interests of the daughter with those of the parents. One such emphasis is the kitchen design. To fulfil the need for family discussions and culinary pursuits, a T-shaped layout was opted to seamlessly link the island and dining table. This arrangement will connect the people in the area even though each is doing a different activity. 

While this family of three loves cats, prompting the need for a design that caters to feline comfort, they’re however not too fond of the lack of privacy created by the open-plan living-dining design. “To mitigate this, wooden see-through partitions that blend with the landscaping were installed. This will foster a more organic and secluded ambience while preserving glimpses of the surroundings,” explains Eko. 

At the end of the day, it could be said that nothing plays a more important role in an art-displaying home than to seek out good storage solutions, but as AEDI had demonstrated, to successfully balance the combination of utilitarianism with artistic flair is way more appropriate to achieve a modern yet homey environment.  

AEDI Design Bureau

Photographer Melanie Tanusetiawan and Adaptasi

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