The Colours of Indonesia

THE SOUL OF JAVA

by Shirley Gouw

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Shirley Gouw’s background speaks for itself, with an education and career that spans the top of the design and achitecture domain. Shirley graduated from the Chelsea College of Art & Design and the Inchbald School of Design in London, as well as the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Her career took flight with household names like Alexandra Design in Burriana, Spain, along with Victoria Hagan Interiors and Selldorf Architects in New York, to name a few. After returning from New York in 2003, Shirley established her own design firm and began working on high-end residential projects

for her clients. Her time in London and New York shaped her into an independent, visionary interior designer with a timeless and detailed style.

A Fusion of Batik and Marble

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Shirley designed the master bedroom and master bathroom for the Maison 12 Suite Apartment three-bedroom unit. "I drew inspiration from the heritage of batik Pesisir Pekalongan to accentuate the semi-classic style I designed," she said. In the room, intricate screen panels are adorned with floral motifs from batik and placed in background to balance the simple bedding. The batik’s green color, a highlight of the room’s color palette, serves as an anchor for both the master bedroom and bathroom. The selection of marble and upholstery perfectly reflects a revival of sophistication and tradition in the space.