Interior Design Inspiration:

Flowers, Their Values to Balinese to Interior Design

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Interior Design Inspiration: Flowers, Their Values to Balinese to Interior Design. Nature to us, us to nature. Its wealth as our endless inspiration source. Living in a paradise of tropical climate with two seasons has granted us with beautiful nature. Expanses landscape along with wide varieties of flora. Here in Bali, people from back then praised the nature as blessings from the God. Prayers are carried out in meaning to express respect, be submit to requests to “Hyang” or referring to God in Balinese Hindu. 

In carrying out prayers, there are various objects related to the prayers that could be used, one of them is flowers. Flowers mean of expressing devotion to God. Flowers in prayer have meaning as a symbol of the sincerity of a holy mind of the people. In terms of function, flower symbolized God and a function as a means of prayer. Thus flowers extents their general being, not just as a statement of love or affection. In Bali, people values flowers as natural entities that have power. In every ritual, ceremony of the Hindus in Bali, flowers’ present are so sacred as a means of communication at every opportunity, even in everyday life. Especially frangipani flower has two important roles in Hinduism, as a symbol of Lord Shiva and as a means of the praying themselves. As a symbol of Lord Shiva, flowers are placed protruding at the ends of the two palms at the time of worship. After the worship done, flowers are usually raised above the head (hair) or tucked behind the ears. As a means of prayer, flowers are used to fill ceremonies or offerings that will be offered to God or ancestral holy spirits.

In practice, people depicts flowers from their beauty and greatness into their work. Skill and delicate hands adding aesthetics and meaning to an object related to them in their daily lives. Thus could be seen into various decorative ornaments or known as ‘ornamen ragam hias’. The scale also may vary, from the whole form to just as an accent accompanied the main form. Might seems minor, details matters. 

In space designing, these valueables serves wide range as interior design inspiration, thus are applicable into various medium and interior elements. Incorporating these local wisdom counts as an effort and attentive manner to adding values into the space. Several applications could be seen below, whereas floral carving ornaments, an essential to Balinese, are simplified from its intricate form from the usual, then embellished to the reclaimed ‘saka’ or column of the traditional Javanese house structure. Adding a hint of local culture to the existed interior element. Structure beyond its function holding the pergola above, but also creating ambiance of space in them. Enhancing along the space and function in this outdoor dinner space for two people capacity. Soft character portrayed by the falling drapery of the curtains, drawn to each side, leading directly into a view of the streamy river, letting gust of wind breeze to bring a delicate movement to the drapery then to fill up the spaces. Round table and classic style chair – giving less rigidity into the space, light classic curves to accent carvings for a more flowy and refined look. Accompanied with crystal chandelier, handcrafted by local craftsmen in clear yet dimensional form, scattering the lights into a soft diffused lighting, creating a whole space enveloped in the warmthness and romance of the surroundings. Just how an interior element could define the space character and the ambiance within.

In frame: Secluded, private yet open dinner space for two by the river. Enveloped in the warmth and romance of the surroundings in Samsara Ubud, Bali – Indonesia. Custom furniture: Blanca Casa Bali.