The landscape of the island of Java in the Indonesian archipelago is dominated by volcanoes and rice fields. However, the densely populated island also contains a profusion of houses and buildings which are equally picturesque. A rich history at the crossroads of Asia, a refined aesthetic and a tropical environment have led to the creation of Java style . This text celebrates the kaleidoscope of images including a 500-year-old mosque's pavilions, the cloistered courtyard of an 18th-century Chinese mansion and public buildings which form part of the largest example of Art Deco outside of Europe. Looking at the architecture, interiors, furniture and lifestyles that make up Java's visual culture, the book is intended as an inspiration for home-decorators, designers or those who hope to travel to the country.
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20th century ancient architects architecture areas art-deco art-nouveau Austronesian Balinese bamboo Bandung Batavia batik bench Borobudur brick buildings built capital carved Central Java centre Chinese Cirebon cities classical colonial colours columns common cool court cultural dalem decoration Demak doors Dutch early 20th century East Java element European floor forms front furniture gateway glass Hardjonegoro homes Hotel house compound Indian Indonesian interior Islam island Java Style Java’s Jepara joglo Kota Gede Kraton Kudus landscape limasan Madurese Majapahit Malang Mangkunegaran masonry modern mosques motifs neoclassical North Coast nusantara ofthe old Javanese ornament owner’s painted palace panels Pasisir pavilion pendopo pieces platform popular Raffles chair rattan rice roof screens seen Semarang senthong Solo Southeast Asia space stone Surabaya teak temples tempo doeloe terracotta textiles Thomas Karsten tiles today’s tropical tumpang sari veranda village volcano walls West Java wood woodcarving wooden Yogyakarta