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Jaya Ibrahim 

The Designer: Jaya Ibrahim
The Profile: Ibrahim grew up in Singapore and was educated in England, majoring in economics but he calls himself  'an artisan' and cut his design teeth working in Anouska Hempel's offices in the1980s, when Hempel's hotel designs  were really taking off. In the 1990s he returned to Asia and set up Jaya & Associates with John Saunders in Yogjakarta. His recent projects have featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest and Interior Design, along with books such as Tropical Asian House, Java Style and Tropical Asian Style.
The Style: Ibrahim is the interior designer responsible for some of the most innovative Asian-style spaces around such as The Legian Bali and The Chedi Milan. The Legian was the first project to put Jaya & Associates on the international design map,.The hotel facing the South Sea, was the first Indonesian hotel that broke away from a traditional Balinese style yet it had a spirit of place.  For a recent project  for the Aman group, Aman at  Summer Palace in Beijing Ibrahim makes you feel as if you have walked into a sepia photograph of old China. At The Setai South Beach there is a fusion of Asia and the US. For most of his projects Ibrahim creates custom furnishings. These have become so popular that he has separate furniture and accessories business called Solo Home, based in Jakata, to cope with demand for them.

The Nam Hai Setai Bar Setai Bedroom

The Hotels: The Chedi Milan,  Italy
                      The Setai Miami, USA
                      The Nam Hai, Vietnam
                       Aman at Summer Palace Beijing, China
                      Capella Singapore
                      The Setai Miami
                      CHI Miami
                      The Chedi, Muscat Oman
                      The Four Seasons Villa Jimbaran Bali
                      The Legian Bali Hotel and Club Bali
Luxury Links: www.solohome.com
 Amy Schmahmann 5/4/10
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