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One-stop shop from Home & Apartment Trends volume 2213
Fitting out a home with designer products can be logistically difficult, particularly if you are looking for international brands. Visiting a mall which groups a global collection of high-end, designer brands under one roof helps to save time.
The Jakarta Design Center allows you to browse seven floors of everything that is new in interior design. A huge range, including fine art, lighting, furniture, ergonomic office furniture, bathroom accessories, kitchen fittings, home appliances and decorative glass doors and windows, can be found in the showrooms.
Upon entering the JDC, the immediate impression is of luxurious surroundings — quite different to a regular mall. There are no chain stores, the lighting is professional and the flooring and many of the showroom facades have a marble finish.
Sutoto Soerjadi, general manager of the Jakarta Design Center, sees it as a place to seek inspiration — whether you are a home or apartment owner, architect, designer or hotel owner.
"It's a very convenient place to look for ideas. You can compare the most up-to-date products the interior design and architectural worlds have to offer," he says.
"Many of the showrooms at the JDC show their products here exclusively. You won't find the same thing elsewhere."
The centre has some special design features of its own: the imposing grey exterior is reminiscent of a stone temple. Inside, a central atrium with a skylight allows natural light to flood right down to the first floor – which is very helpful when trying to match fabrics or paint colours.
"What makes the centre really unique is that it's the first complete mall in this region which brings together new and advanced technologies in design from Indonesia and the four corners of the world," says Soerjadi.
The centre prides itself on providing many more services than a traditional shopping mall.
"We have a business centre where visiting design professionals can work, send their ideas back to colleagues, hold meetings, presentations and functions, or simply rest in the lounge. There are also two bank offices here," says Soerjadi.
Located 12km from the airport in the city centre, the JDC is easy for visitors to find, and handy to popular hotels.
For details, contact Jakarta Design Center, JL. Gatot Subroto Kav. 53, Jakarta Pusat 10260, Indonesia, phone (+62 21) 549 5130, fax (+62 21) 549 5116, or visit the website www.j-d-c.com.
The Jakarta Design Center has 98 design and furniture showrooms. It was the first specialty mall in Indonesia (the brainchild of Mr Meilono Soewondo) and was opened in 1990.