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P. L. Malasan

Growing up in other country that have different cultures and habits might make this particular friend of ours quite unique. Meet Prananda Luffiansyah Malasan, or Panda. He is Morrie’s friend in college while I’ve known him since 2009 when we were in FOLD up until now in House The House.

Spent his early 7 years of his life in Japan (Maebashi, in Gunma Prefecture, was his neighborhood) making him fluent in Japanese. We always thought he was born there but Panda was born here in Indonesia, precisely in Krueng Geukueh, a small district in Lho’Seumawe, Aceh.

According to him, the experiences and educations he got in Japan is what shaping him now. Discipline is his everyday things, because since elementary school he used to go to school in the morning within 20 km’s with the train ride (Japanese trains and schools are 2 things, beside pretty much everything, known to be always on time in Japan). Even when he’s still at elementary school, he could memorize all the stations names in its path by heart. That is why, he grow fond of the train, until now.

The coolest thing about him, other than growing up in Japan, is having Bosscha Observatory, one the largest telescope in the South East Asia in the backyard. His father is a professor in astronomy and Panda said that his father always encourage him to study and learn new things.

 

“Wabi-sabi is The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated and trimmed away.” – Tadao Ando, Architect

 

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese’s concept of appreciation and acceptance of imperfection and impermanence (from Kinfolk vol. 8 “Wabi-Sabi Peace” by Louisa Thomsen Brits). This philosophy is applied by Panda in every elements of his life, even in his job and work. Together with his friends from Metronome, Panda is trying to understand that design isn’t mere the end product but there are still processes before that he’s trying to learn and understand. How he can used and maximized the materials as it is, humanized humans, etc. And Keuken act as a medium where he, as a project leader, can experiment with cultures, the human interactions, and design, along with the philosophy itself in it.

When we asked who’s Prananda L. Malasan? He replied “Prananda is just Prananda, who always tried to learn about everything and do something for what it is”.

To us, he is an easy-going but responsible person that always concerned about culture, humanism, and design in a different perspective than to most people. Panda has a dream to become a lecturer and as of this writing, he is on his way in getting his master’s degree on contemporary festivals in Indonesia. Good luck, Panda!

P. L. Malasan

Bosscha Observatory

P. L. Malasan

P. L. Malasan

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Morrie & Oslo's Birdhouse

Here’s a little news to brighten up your day, The Birdhouse Project is headed your way this weekend! We’re pretty excited participating for this. We already did some research before and to make this designing things a bit easier, we imagining ourselves as birds. Not the big ferocious type of birds, but the more we-used-to-see-them-around-us kinda birds. In which kind of house does we, us-bird, will want to take a peek and comfortably proclaimed our home-sweet-home?

As far as the designing works, both of us already agreed on some details and we can imagined it on a big picture. And when it’s finally done, it turns out as good as we hoped it would be. (We sincerely thanking Metronome for the job well done on the woodworking matter, thanks guys!)

 

“In a condition where many stakeholders took too much power in shaping and erasing open green spaces and property construction in activity centrals, as well as in Bandung, we envision Bird House Project to play such simple role in stitching those two aspects. It’s a humble celebration on delving into creative potentials, either individually and collectively, on such small issue: a settlement for city birds to be placed practically anywhere. A contributing instrument for designed environments intended to be lived not merely for humans.”

 

The hoopla will be happening at U&KL ECO-FORESTRY AREA Jalan Gudang Selatan No.88, Bandung from 11am – 7pm this July 6th, 2013. Find out everything you’ll need to know right here. See you there!

Morrie & Oslo's Birdhouse

Morrie & Oslo's Birdhouse

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Field Trip Pasar Burung Sukahaji

The Bird House Project is in few weeks. We’re pretty excited to brainstorm the ideas for our birdhouse. We already have a design in our head and we’re hoping it would be a decent one for our feathery friends. And for this, both of us attempted to learn the skills to make ourself a bit used to with woodworking so that we could make the birdhouse by ourself (finger-crossed!).

We’ve done a bit of further research (or in our terms, field trip :p) to Pasar Burung Sukahaji. As we enters, the sound of a hundred different birds assail the senses. It was the most charming little market full of twittering, fluffy, and cheeping birdies. They were all so adorable and has such lovely colors. As we sightseeing, they’re all chirping from every side of the market. It was fun!

Pasar Burung Sukahaji

People at Pasar Burung Sukahaji

Bird Food

The Birds

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KEUKEN #2: The Flavorsome Intimacy

A few weeks to go for the most anticipated fourth, yet we could still relieved the merriness of the previous Keuken. We experienced a day when the usual street shut down from vehicular traffic and all the stands and stalls offering every delicacy imaginable and the live cooking stage you could drooled just from taking a single whiff, with a day-long live entertainment spilled onto the sidewalks from the earliest morning till down. The crowds were tremendous, even the sudden rain in the afternoon couldn’t stop people from pouring down all the stands available. It’s hard to say no for delicious food, really. Believe us, we tried.

Below are some of the pictures of Keuken #2, The Flavorsome Intimacy. You can see the past line-up here. In the meantime, we’re preparing something special for Keuken #4. Can’t wait to share them all with you :)

Veggie

Cooking!

Keuken's Picnic Mat

Teman Sebangku

People #4

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A Day With Animals

Animal #1

Animal #4

Animal #3

Animal #2

Dahulukan Satwa Melintas

Animal #5

Animal #5

Animal #6

Animal #7

Animal #12

Animal #8

Animal #9

Staff #1

Animal #10

Animal #11

Orang Utan & His Trainer

Mia & Kijing

Staff #2

Picnic #1

Kijing

Picnic #2

Taman Safari Indonesia, Bogor. 2012.

Taken with Yashica FX3 Super + Kodak Colorplus, Lucky Color