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Back To Our Roots, 2017 at Canaan Hong Kong
DRE MASSO – Dishes to Canaan on His Love Affair of Bali: Volume 5
Not only are you known as London’s legendary mixologist but also the most humble with the staff of PTT family, would you say that your childhood in the kitchen and behind the bar counters is the biggest influence?
Definitely a large part, you’re environment influences the way you are. My mom is definitely a super star, has a very mellow character, spiritual in many ways and probably the most patient person I know. I was always happy to work hard from a young age, and then I’ve worked with lots of other great people and they have helped to shape the style in my approach – I’ve picked up a little bit from lots of people along the way.
You recently or in a couple of years have written and published your own cocktail book, tell us – will there be another volume in the works? And if you were to do it again, what would you change?
The first book I wrote was in 2005 and it was a book called Margarita Rocks; it was with my business partner at the time which was commissioned by an American company called Williams-Sonoma who had these massive kitchen stores in the states – they do this very clever thing where they’ll put a book in the pastry section and as you’re touring the shop you’ll look at the book and you end up buying equipment and same with the drinks. I was proud and honored to be asked to do that, and it was a good looking book and I suggested that we tour and do a launching but the publishing house behind it were very lazy in terms of doing anything after the book had been published, so that frustrated me – It had me thinking about doing my own thing. At the same time, people were saying, “Hey Dre, can you give me a little recipe that I can do at home?”
I published Classic Cocktails At Home by myself – did the photography and the design with a friend, ended up printing this one here in Bali with a guy that’s probably about eighty years old. He hand printed everything which probably shows that it’s not the finest quality of prints, and it was very much DIY as I put it together with a controlled budget. So I don’t think it’s over with this one, this is kind of a mark one. I had a print run of a few thousand here in Bali, sold about half of that amount through the Potato Head venues; it’s not a huge number but it’s OK and for me personally inside I can say that I did it all myself, but if somebody came and said “Hey, we’re going to publish this properly, proper hard cover and slightly change the format.” It’ll also give me the opportunity to update some of the recipes, so I would, and that’s what the change would be.
As for a third book, there’s definitely a couple of options, one of them is to focus on everything that we do within the Potato Head group or a Potato Head cocktail book because we now have seven years of cocktails, so we have a style and category that we can call our own. There are wonderful aspects of what were doing in this part of the world that I think are incredibly exotic and tropical, there are a lot of things that the western world don’t know about – the wonderful thing coming here is discovering so many different and brilliant ingredients!
One song that never fails to motivate or boost your mood.
There’s so many… but these three tracks have always been there to get me by and were played at my wedding:
Here comes the sun – Nina Simone
What a difference a day makes – Dinah Washington
At last –Etta James
It’s been said that you’ve recently been taking on crafting as well, tell us more about this side of Dre Masso.
I think that’s a part of being in Bali, it’s an attraction for creative people and it’s almost like a magnet to do things. I haven’t done carpentry, but from the moment I got here I was always attracted to the whole natural dye thing, so I made a few t-shirts but just for fun. What’s great if you want it to be, it can be relatively accessible – with the example of making the t-shirts you can find great organic material, there’s someone near by that can shape and make it for you and you can get it dyed in this wonderful way with indigo. I’ve done a couple of things like that but I wouldn’t consider that as a major part of my life… (Laughs)
How do you stay inspired?
I’m fortunate that I’ve travelled a lot. There was a time pre Potato Head, for about seven years I was traveling pretty much every month while working with different brands around the world. They would ask me to train and educate bartenders in different cities within forty countries and that for me was definitely the number one most inspirational – to see how different cultures are doing things and I was being taken to some of the best spots in those cities as well as seeing some very talented people.
You’ve been gifted with excellent talent and taste; we believe your mother has always been the super-woman behind all your achievements. We’d love to know more about your relationship with her.
I don’t know where to start really! She left school when she was twelve years old and started working, she was one of seven siblings which I think is quite common in Columbia, she’s someone that’s always worked incredibly hard and always supported her family, even now from London. My mom was twenty-six years old when she was pregnant with me and the relationship she had with my father wasn’t that serious, that’s when she moved to London to work as an au pair for about fifteen years.
The family was very supportive of us and was very generous, my mom looked after a boy that was five years older than me and a the girl that was a year older than me, who was pretty remarkable – this girl would always introduce me to her friends and say her ‘brother’, she’s a blue-eyed blonde. We lived with them for many years but my mom would do extra work in the restaurants that had bars on the weekends and a lot of the times it seemed like it was OK back then for her to take me with her; there was either a backroom where I’d slept or I’d sit in the corner, it was the people that worked there that I hung out with that became an extended family.
I met my father once when I was twenty-six years old and I always knew that he had two other children since and after me, but they didn’t know… So last year, I contacted my brother and sister and met for the first time in the states, my mom came too. It was slightly surreal, but everyone has accepted it.
Now blessed with a beautiful family of your own, your wife and daughter must be two other proud girls in your life. Is there a special cocktail you and your wife like to share?
(Laughing) I think it’s probably about time I created something for my wife! There are a few drinks that we both like and we’ve got quite similar tastes in general. We both love a Negroni cocktail, it’s quite bitter and aromatic – a great way to start a night. There’s also a drink called Tommy’s Margarita, it’s a variation of a Margarita and it comes from a bar in San Francisco called Tommy’s, where I spend some time working. Also, his son did the ceremony at our wedding and that was the drink he created for us.
One thing you love most about your daughter? How contrasting is her childhood to yours?
Her name is Bona Lula Masso, if you investigate the word ‘Bona’ it relates to the word, good, in Latin. It was a name we really liked the sound of and it definitely fits her. She is the funniest person I know, I find her incredibly funny! She just brings me utter joy in everyway, I love hanging out with her. I love the team that we have, my wife and my daughter – every aspect that we do, it’s always much better when it’s the three of us.
In terms of the differences, I wouldn’t say I wasn’t spoiled but Bona’s living in a very colorful place and I don’t want to put the UK down in anyway but I think she’s surrounded by the essence and wild life of Indonesia, the volume is turned up here. No regrets to what I had, but my mom was on her own and there are the two of us and we don’t find it easy…it’s good but it’s hard work!
What do you think about Balinese women?
The Balinese ladies that we work with here are great in many aspects, they’re brilliant workers who are very friendly and kind – great for this business, very hospitable. It’s a pleasure to work with them, and a delight to be looked after by those ladies within the service industry.
Describe your perfect day…
I have a four year old kid and it’s either I wake her up or she wakes me up, so I spend a bit of time with her in the mornings. Then I would do yoga, in whatever sense it is, whether it’s just spending an hour to switch off and stretch and breath – it really sets the day off really well.
I’m normally at work about 9am. It’s great to come to the beach club every morning, seeing the place being all prepared and organized for the day, it’s a magical time. I’ll do a little tour of the bars and that’s just literally touching every bar that we have, if that makes sense… Then, I can kind of start my day – I’m looking after all the bars in all the venues in all of Potato Head so it covers all of Bali, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Bali in 5 words for you.
You can find Dre’s famous Cocktail Book in our store below Katamama Hotel or online at canaanbali.com/shop
We wish you well in your next journey, Dre, Shelley and Bona!
Artist Studio Visit: Agus Suwage, Jogjakarta
Canaan launches Kapital Collection with Delstore Hong Kong
Imelda Widjaja, Founder & Designer of Jewel Rocks: Volume 4
Canaan gets up close and personal over breakfast at her Hawaiian lodge-inspired café, Home Mate next door to her dreamy Jewel Rocks store, that bursts with her passion and brilliant decorations surrounding her iconic bracelets and necklaces desired by women of all ages and recently popular amongst boys too.
This lady born under the Libra sign is not only a successful businesswoman but also an eye opener for the often looked over beauty and potential life surrounds us with. They call her Mel.
As a successful designer, we’re curious on knowing whether this has always been your passion? If not, what was your childhood dream?
It’s always been in art and design since I was 16 years old. Maybe back then, we don’t really know the real definition of ‘design’ but we do know the word ‘art’. I took art-studio for 3 years, which were my intensive classes during high school in Singapore; my school had an amazing art department. My family has always been crafty, my mom and my grandma always sew our clothes and were creating little things with paper, fabrics etc. During my first 2 years of collage in Seattle, I studied art but didn’t end up finishing in the art department but with political science and communications – for reasons that I’m sure every other Indonesian or anyone who wants to take art would only understand… somehow their parents wishes tend to take them off their true path.
For many years I kept trying to come up with ways that allowed me to work with art-related careers, which lead me work in advertising. Between the two main fields within this job; the accounting and the creative side, I was in accounts and I always thought I was in the wrong place, but it was a good experience for me to understand the true meaning of the word ‘design’, such as branding and graphic design – it was a good mix over all.
Jewel Rock’s custom made indigo bracelet for Canaan is one our very precious items, what’s the inspiration behind it?
I was in Sumba with a friend who was shooting a film. There you can find really sophisticated dying techniques but very traditional, not contemporary. So I wanted to show the people over there that you can do something modern and it will be cool and something new. It’s good for me to have indigo because at that time I wanted something raw which had a tribal feel and I couldn’t go all the way to Papua. I’ve previously already been collecting indigo fabrics but never thought about turning it into a bracelet, so this mutual discovery helped me as much as it inspired them – even my friends we’re also like “Oh, you can do it that way?”
Tell us about the uniqueness of the place in Sumba where you had the threads naturally dyed for that exclusive piece.
For hundreds of years, Indigo has been a part of the tribal culture all around the world. You would see people using it in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Ainu tribe in Japan and definitely in India – It’s a common color that ties around the world.
The dying process starts with turning the blue and red leaves into powder, so those chunks are compressed and mixed with water in a clay pot. This old lady’s hand looked as if it was tattooed blue by the indigo dye, which it was really cool! In Sumba, pregnant women cannot do this; it’ll affect the pregnancy. It’s a simple process with a sophisticated outcome.
Hand made piece must require concentration in great details, could you share with us the perks of the process?
It’s being able to create every collection in different places. The office used to be fine for me to work in, but now prefer to go to places like Flores and Sumba where it’s quite isolated with sand and colors that would inspire me everywhere. I’m thinking of going somewhere this month to complete another one, it may not be Indonesia but I think it can be in a city somewhere, as next year’s collection won’t have so much of an island vibe.
The mood is definitely important when you design, also the music that you listen to, the weather at that time and of course the materials that I bring a long with me to the trip – I pack with me my pendants and materials, my theme and my mood board, I usually do this with a friend. I try to communicate the process to people and the kids in Flores too.
It’s been about a decade for Jewel Rocks, any new ventures you’re currently taking on? Where do you see yourself 5 years in the future?
I still want to do Jewel Rocks and sort of already have ideas for the next 5 years! I’m thinking of ways to make the jewelry more fine, but it’s a process that I’ll have to go through step by step each year – people get bored, I get bored, but I’ve observed that after many years of sticking to what I like, there’s always ways to renew your passions. I’ll be bringing the brand to more into the music crowd too; we’ll be sponsoring one music event next April 2017 during Earth Day in Bali. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.
What do you collect besides from work-related materials?
Design books! Architectural books, design books and graphic design books. I have a few jewelry books but those are ones my friends give to me, I never buy them myself. Before jewelry design, architecture and interior is what I really self-studied – I like creative space, learning how people live and how it affects their creativity. I also collect green indigo fabrics from Japan!
For times when your career builds up tension in your life, what do you do as a form of escape?
I have so many escapes, like it’s almost like a monthly thing… (Laughs) The beach is always my escape and I like to find new beaches, but recently my go-to escape place is Jakarta, which is weird but the city always adds into my inspirations.
People find it hard to relax. It’s still hard even for people like me who enjoy their work, so we have to make it a habit to break the pattern and to start over
Who do you look up to or go to for advice?
Family for me is very comforting, I hardly go to them for advice but I used to ask my dad for business advice. I go to my one friend in Singapore who I go to for all the other advice. (Laughs) She’s like a big sister to me. For relationship advice, I go to my friend, Citra! (Laughing even harder) It’s funny because most people would go for her for creative advice, but not me…
3 places that’s been your main sources of inspiration.
Africa for the nature and the lifestyle, like Cape Town. Hawaii, they have a life that I really like – they’re very into organic living and gardening. Oh, and Japan for the craziness of creativity and original thinking.
Things you enjoy doing to keep your creative mind rejuvenated with ideas?
Resting your mind is probably number one – when you can rest your mind you can start thinking of something new. Feeling at peace. Looking at beautiful things, be it movies, Instagram, nice shops and nature.
What do you think of Instagram?
I think it’s good, if you can really select things. Like eating, you choose what you eat that’s good for your stomach and body. It’s the same with your eyes, you choose what you see and what you follow – how it helps with your inspiration or how it helps you look at the world in a nicer way. Sometimes for me, there are some really funny things on there and it helps me relax and laugh. The fact that people are looking for comparisons with social media, it’s just like with business competitors – the choices will always go back to you.
Take us through your daily routine.
I almost don’t have one, it changes all the time. I do have good sleep all the time though. Work always starts from 9am-5pm strangely, the office does and I do to. Whenever I’ve got extra work to do, I’ll take a dinner break and work for a bit more. I used to work a lot… It just comes naturally; it’s never measured – some days I don’t work at all. I like to break my patterns in the middle of the day, like I’ll go to Seminyak and look around and go shopping. (Laughs). I don’t watch TV but recently I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube, you cannot believe it… Like Vice, I.D, Munchies, Tedx, and Anime.
One wish that you really want to have come true?
2 houses. Oh actually, 3! 1 new house in Jakarta to change my old one, 1 in Bali and 1 in Sumba… That’s it.
She kindly invited us for a visit to her cozy-homey workshop. We caught a glimpse of her creativity put to action by her team and her preciously kept decade long memories of her accomplishments.
Shop the Canaan x Jewel Rocks Indigo bracelet in store and online.
Eiji Matsui, Surfer and Designer: Volume 3
A lover of abstract, Japanese-Brazilian founder of the one-man show, Pretty Wise, kindly spared quite an interesting chat with Canaan. Lucky for us to catch Eiji Matsuo here in Bali during his shoot for a wine commercial, undertaking his main passion, cinematography.
Pretty Wise focuses on creating products that are down-to-earth by enhancing the nature of simplicity and causality – yet designed by a man with rich views and gratitude for the little things in life.
You are of Brazilian and Japanese heritage, tell us how did this happen?
My grandparents from my father’s side moved to Brazil and my mother’s Brazilian. I went to school in San Francisco and studied cinema, and then worked few assistant and director jobs in Japan for a TV channel for a while.
I have another brother who’s a tattoo artist, who wanted to start a brand, so we did that together. Basically the whole design thing came from the side of how we grew up skateboarding, surfing, making t-shirts and things like that.
How long has cinematography been your passion and what’s your favorite thing about it?
In my early 20s I started making my own skate videos, that was how I really got started but I had already studied cinematography and I knew I wanted to do movies so I started experimenting and that went well. Like, I was one of the guys and I still pay attention to what skaters create and I still think it’s the dope-est.
Take us behind the scenes of your black and white Instagram clips.
This is real, I had a dream where I was in a little room that had a little window with a beautiful view and my mother came in and said, “Son, It’s time to wake up.” To me, that was really significant and I don’t know how to explain it but from that point on, a lot of things actually started changing in my life – I definitely think it was a spiritual thing, so I wanted to make little short films capturing that, I did it, and it’s called Nothing New Under The Sun. That one was done indie style and I wish I did more of a production because I had a scenario written but It turned out to be just me and the camera.
Why have you chosen to use the process of dying for Pretty Wise?
I avoid synthetics, it’s not so philosophical but if it’s possible to not mess things up more than they already are, good, so that’s one. The other reason is that it’s much easier to build a business that’s based on commodities, which are easily understood by anyone – it has a global price. I find that synthetics create confusion.
You’ve kindly made exclusive indigo items for us, tell us about the ideas you had in mind while creating them.
I like to keep the designs simple and just classic. I don’t really experiment with designing and not interested in it either, it’s a men’s brand as well. It’s a lifestyle brand so I’m not really going in to ‘fashion’ here, we sell a “style “.
What would like to get from the partnership with Canaan?
It’s a great space, I think Emmelyn has a great vision that’s very ahead of time in Indonesia, but right on time for what she’s doing, and I want to be able to be a strength to support that vision by having the right products there. Products have energy, and a person like her understands and appreciates the raw materials and it’s wholesome- kind of process. I hope we can be a strength to each other, that’s the best-case scenario.
If you could chose to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Baja, California. It’s the ocean and the desert combination and I had never seen that before – with a family though, not by myself, with the wifey and kids, the whole thing.
You described ‘luxury’ as “Like you are wearing a sweater that costs you hundreds of dollars with old jeans and sneakers eating tacos and drinking beer at a street stand.” In your interview with the goods dept. how would you describe ‘talent’?
Effortless. Whatever’s effortless, that’s talent.
As the main inspiration, what is it about the surf and skate culture that has a huge influence on you individually or people in general?
I grew up skateboarding, that was the first thing I picked up, a skateboard. That will forever be an influence to me. Surfing’s new but I’m getting into it more and more and I like the healthy lifestyle that comes with it. I’m not a very sunny character but that balances it out.
Who inspires you?
Nelson Mandela, I read his book and I thought he was amazing. I read Fidel Castro’s autobiography and he also inspired me. The Dalai Lama, I think is a great inspiration too. Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese director and Francis Ford Coppola. Look, the list goes on and on but I just mentioned people that I think that did and are doing something relevant, and I think that’s my goal, to do something relevant. I think it’s very difficult. (Laughs)
Pop in our store and shoulder his exclusively made bag or try on indigo dyed t-shirts and feel the fine material brush against your skin and treasure these items in your closet.
Pretty Wise has recently signed with distributors such as, SANEI International and T&A Los Angels. Look through their Instagram account @prettywiseoffical or watch on @prettywisefilms.
Canaan Collaborates with Delstore Hong Kong
A pop up collaboration exploring the unique culture of Indonesia's Bali, Japan's Kojima and Hong Kong through a collection of handmade objects, found emphemera and clothing from Kojima's cult label KAPITAL curated by Delstore's owner and founder Derrick Leung.
Launch Date, Thursday 17th of November from 7.30 PM with Music by Johnny Hiller at Canaan Boutique & Gallery Hong Kong.
About the collaboration
Hong Kong's select menswear store Delstore is considered as one of Asia's most curated stores offering premium brands such as Arts & Science, Needles, Engineered Garments and Hender Scheme. This month we collaborated in bringing a dot-to-dot experience of Bali, Kojima and Hong Kong through found objects, vintage magazines, furnitures and presenting a unique KAPITAL collection from the 17th of November until December 2016.
Kapital, founded in the port city of Kojima, Japan is known for its 'East meets West' aesthetic blending used denim and reworking them in the Japanese 'boro' technique to create one-offs garment pieces. Expect to see Kapital's signature patchwork jackets and other limited editions products such as its indigo-dyed patchwork teddy among other sought-after pieces.
Get.Give Edits at Canaan Hong Kong
Stoned Crystal by Ashley Bellino
City Goats Kids Collection
Introducing Narrative Made
The Fabrick Lab x Canaan
Canaan boutique and gallery invites you to an exclusive film screening of Elaine Yan Ling Ng of The Fabrick Lab's latest project UN/Fold at Potato Head, Friday 14 October 2016. Please join us as we uncover The Fabrick Lab's textile journey in Guizhou of Southern China followed by the launch of her new indigo collection at Canaan.
6 - 8 PM
at Music Room, Potato Head
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Sai Ying Pun
Lima is a design studio based in Indonesia. Lima watch specialises in creating natural and simple lifestyle products. Available in Canaan Bali is their range of watches represented as Lima Watch. Lime watch was made with a simple philosophy by the designer, ‘Adding value to a small piece of wood with good design.’ Lima Watch bring an edge to modern contemporary design watches with their sophisticated leather strap and contemporary wooden bezel.
Find Lima Watch range of Lima Pagi and Lima Sore at Canaan Bali.
Martina Urbas, Sculpture and Jewelry Designer: Volume 2
Martina is a mother, designer, all rounder creative individual. Previously worked with the likes of Warisan, Bali Trade Centre, Oberoi Hotel, Italian Designer Gianni Francione and many more. Her experience, ability and knowledge are not the force to be reckon with. Now having her own handmade jewelry line, Maru, Read her journey and what inspires here in this interview below;
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Stretch, get out of bed and open the doors to the garden.
Tell us what makes a good day for you.
A good day is a day where I feel connected to the magic of life, my environment and the people I interact with.
If you can change something about Bali what would it be?
A deeper respect and care for the environment and commitment to practical solutions, that the local people were more empowered by their owns system and government to actively participate in the solution.
Your favourite thing about Bali?
Only one thing. The life-force, the paradoxical nature of life here.
What is your proudest moment?
Becoming a mother and meeting my son for the first time.
If you were not doing this, what would you be doing?
Travelling, studying, building, exploring.
Your favorite city after Bali and why?
Don’t have a city, a country of inspiration would be India.
You have been in the island for some years now and have worked with many amazing artists and individuals. Tell us a few of your most enjoyable project thus far?
In the early 90's I worked with Bali Trade Center. An ambitious project with the master plan to put more established cottage industries and designers in a prestigious showroom in a centralized location In Kuta.
I had the amazing opportunity to be supported to to create a large jewelry workshop where I trained jewelry maker, designed and produced amazing jewelry which was showcased in the Bali Trade showroom. This was a crazy ride, sourcing all over Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta meeting the brilliant people both local and foreign, whom had already made their mark on the island years ago as designers and artists, architects, writers and other pastimes! This was my introduction to the wild world of Baliwood!
In 1992 I was an actress in an Indonesian TV pilot series called Dibawa Matahari Bali with Gito Rolis and others, A brilliant experience as I worked with so many talented Indonesians and got an insight to the music, arts and entertainment world, another facet of life between Bali and Jakarta.
1993 joined with Oberoi Hotels as their boutique consultant, allowing me the opportunity to curate from all the amazing arts, crafts and products produced locally by Indonesians and foreigners.
Around 1997, I worked as the assistant to Gianni Francione, an Italian architect living in Bali who wrote the book Bali Modern :The art of Tropical Living. I journeyed into the world of architecture, tribal art and interior design.
A few years with Warisan learning about interior design furniture and soft furnishing. Then joined with Greg Melvin in 2001 and opened Palanquin, an amazing store store which quickly became recognized as “the hottest shopping destination in Bali,” according to the Asian Wall Street Journal. Sadly, it closed shortly after the Bali Bomb in 2002.A brilliant venture into retail
In 2004, I started Maru Gallery , Body-Art-Space as a response for the need for a jewelry concept gallery space to present designer jewelry on a new level. Here, I would showcase my own work and other designers and craftspeople, furthering my love affair with adornment, and continuing to explore all the Indo-asian art forms and creative lifeforce.
What is your best traits?
Open-minded, adaptable, curious, quirky and adventurous.
What have you learned recently that became your mantra for the day or something you contemplate often?
Discover the beauty and perfection in everything.
MARK INGLIS, Designer and Artist : Volume 1
Mark Inglis, designer and artisan gets close and personal in our first interview series. A freelance artist based in Italy, Mark recently did a few months stint in Bali exploring its culture and craft.
Read through our interview below to learn more about his passion, journeys and what he thhinks of our island of the Gods.
What is the first thing that you do when you wake up?
I am really a morning person. So, I like to get up, have breakfast, start the day as soon as I can.
Where do you live now? and tell us about your current studio, how it is set up, and why it is set up in such a way?
At the moment I’m in Italy, I share a studio space with a friend who is a footwear designer. I have a work table, sewing machines and all the tools needed to work with leather and fabric.
You seem to be a nomadic designer and we are so intrigued about this. Tell us a bit about how you started and where you are now?
I believe in investing in travel and learning, it feeds into my work on a personal and professional level. When I quit my job 6 years ago, friends of mine with a boutique hotel in Brazil asked me to go there and hand-carve all the menus. I spent a month there, set up a little studio and worked on site. Then in 2014 I went to Japan to do an Indigo-dying and textile course. I spent 2 months there and made a small collection of customised 'east meets west' clothing . Now I spent 4 months in Bali doing a course in Silver Smithing, and making one-off carvings and leather bags with local artisans.
Are you happy with what you’ve achieved? (no - why not?)
Being in Bali was about learning, not only about the craft, but also about the island and it’s culture. If I think about what I learned and experienced i am very happy. In terms of producing work and getting things done i found it’s takes more time in Bali than I am used to in Europe. I had to slow down and adjust my working habits.
What else that you haven’t done and it’s on your list of dreams/future achievements?
In the future I would like to have a studio/gallery space where I can present my work and host workshops, a co-working space for makers. There is a network of people who give workshops and accommodation, and I think It would be fantastic to connect to these people, to combine travel with learning and making. Now we are in the age of the knowledge economy.
Where are you off to next?
I’m going to Brazil next month to work on leather accessories and textile based home-wear.
Describe your style.
I like to clash old with new, antique with futuristic.
What is the perfect day for you?
The perfect day for me would be to wake up in a new place and go out exploring.
Who inspires you?
I get inspired by people who make things with conviction and focus.
Tell us about your experience in Bali, meeting the locals, working with them, what were the most challenging part? and most liberating? In early March this year, on my first trip to Bali, I met a carver named Made. He has a shop in Ubud and I asked him to make some things for me. I went back to Europe, we kept in touch, and we exchanged some messages and photos. He is one of the reasons i came back to Bali, so we could continue to work together. In my mind I thought that I could offer him something but in reality I have learned so much more from him. I wanted to make some things that I had in the back of my mind for a while, one-off experimental things of no commercial potential. He said to me, ‘why don’t you make something more simple, cheaper and quicker to make, something people want to buy and can afford’. I was a little surprised, because what i wanted to do was art, but you know what, he was right. I often forget the about commercial aspect of the things that I make. More about the Bali trip. http://draw-hide.tumblr.
Bali is a complex and multi faceted place, if you go there with an open heart and open mind and show gratitude and respect to the people and the island that host you, you will be rewarded with an incredibly rich and unique experience.
This new range of candle holder released by Haru is the creation of the people behind Massicot, the jewelry line made in Indonesia that we also carry both online and in store. This intriguing candle holders are hand made in Jakarta, Indonesia with the mixture of gold plated brass and resin. Each piece from the collection is unique and can be a conversation starter piece as well as the perfect medium to put your candles. Take a look at the range from Haru only at Canaan Bali.
Luxury and comfort in our daily wear can be presented not only through the outfits that is visible to other people but what we wore underneath it too.For a woman, the comfort of undergarment is really important and Boys Lie lingerie provides us with exactly that and more. Their lingerie is influence by the modern women and everything they desires. It is the perfect balance between comfort and sexy by blending modern and classic materials, like mesh and silk. All of the products within their range are produced locally in Bali. Their shades ranges from decades palettes to monochrome tones. Boys Lie lingerie define classic lingerie with a twist.
Found their silk lingerie, mesh one pieces and all other products from their range at Canaan Bali.
Press Meet and Greet at Canaan Hong Kong
The Wanderlist+ Visit
Popbee Review at Canaan Hong Kong
Sharing with our readers some of our press this month, here’s from Popbee, a lifestyle and fashion blog about the current happenings in Hong Kong and Asia. If you read cantonese then this is for you.
SELETTI WEARS TOILETPAPER
Being Indonesian, we love our local homegrown products, our artisans and our fellow friends in the industry. During our travels we come across interesting products which shared similar ethos that usually came about by a successful collaboration between different brands. Such is the Seletti and Toilet Paper collection, two very distinctive brands which joined forces together and created a kitsch playful range, most intriguing collection to date.
All the products out of the Seletti wears Toilet Paper range are made from tin, oilcloth, melamine, porcelain and wood. The products are then covered with the pop culture style graphics aligned with the spirit of the magazine. The style of the whole range is ironic and unsettling but has its own vintage touch and charm. Sold around the world, from the MOMA Museum in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, The Corner in London and now available in both Canaan Bali and Hong Kong as well as our online store. You would not want to miss having this pieces as a decorative piece, another take on daily routine utilities as well as a conversation starter.
You can find Seletti x Toilet Paper range of mugs, plates, teapot and mirror in Canaan Bali, Hong Kong and also our online platform.
Gaya Ceramic for Canaan Ceramic Tableware Collection
retaW x Katamama Reed Diffuser Collaboration
We are so honoured to be launching the retaW x Katamama Reed Diffuser at Canaan Bali, which is also now available online at canaanbali.com/shop under retaW. Katamama Hotel is PTTFAMILY first artisanal hotel under its diverse range of establishments, ranging from restaurants, beach clubs, coffee shops and boutiques. Working directly with artisans spread across Indonesia, Katamama aims to showcase designs and crafts that are made with collaborations and partnerships that are sustainable and long lasting, supporting the local community of craftsmen and purveyors of traditions. Meeting the founders of retaW in Tokyo has brought in a harmonious partnership that PTTFAMILY is proud to showcase under its collaboration portfolio.
retaW is a renowned fragrance company based in Tokyo, founded by iconic designer and trendsetter Hiroshi Fujiwara. Known for its unique fragrances and interesting collaborations such as Neighborhood, Isetan, Fragment Design and Beams, it showcased an archive of scents to cater for your daily moods. Together with Katamama, they have commissioned one of Bali’s artisan ceramic company Gaya to create two signature bottles using a hand thrown technique that blends in two colours of blue and white.
The fragranced oil custom made by retaW for Katamama is a musky blend of waterlily, jasmine and cedar wood, an earthy aroma inspired by the nature of Bali with traditional elements of Balinese temples.
Each box includes a ceramic bottle (choose from either white or blue), 100 ml of fragranced oil in a glass bottle and 8 black reeds.
New Arrivals at Canaan Hong Kong
We have new arrivals coming from all over Indonesia to our sister store in Hong Kong, from essential oils to ceramic and candles made by our friends in the industry, loving their passion and dedication. Our customers with young children can also pick up a few things, from children’s book Leap Hop, a travel book series for kids on a grown-up trip to Balinese kids dolls wearing natural dyed cotton pyjama, perfect for gifts and birthday celebrations. Kaminari candles are introduced this month, along with our wooden crockery collection made in Bali, essential oils from Organic Supply & Co. with bestseller items such as Virgin Coconut Oil and Thank Me Later natural sunblock for the sunny weather ahead. Be sure to keep yourself updated in our social media platform as we have upcoming events in Canaan Hong Kong.
We are loving Jakarta based design and lifestyle brand, Kaminari. Canaan believes that pleasant scent can complete the missing puzzle to a well designed room and becomes a mood booster too. What Kaminari does is exactly that, their vision is to tie sense of liberation in moment within nature and daily life.
Their botanical candles are hand made with real botanical elements. Kaminari’s candle range varies from their botanical candles to tea time candles. The botanical candles got two ranges of smell, rose fragrance is clean and fresh with freshly cut flowers perfect for relaxation. If you want something more uplifting Clementine is perfect for you, a tang of oranges smoothened by warm cream vanilla. What makes it more perfect is it is designed to only burn down the middle of the candle and the soft flame will bring out the natural textures and colours of the ingredients.
Need accompanion for your quality time with friends or your precious reading time? Then, their tea time candles are the perfect fit. The tea time candles are sold in set of 3 short candle sticks or 2 tall candlesticks, comes in green tea scent and vanilla scent.
Find your favourite candle from the Kaminari range at Canaan Bali.
Founded by Australian ceramicist/designer Fliss Dodd, Udder has it’s own design that differentiate their collection from all other ceramics ranges. Her style is unique, drawing on culture, travel, humour, form function and everything in between.
Here in Canaan, we have her tableware collection ‘Trade Winds’, as the result of her travels within the archipelago of Indonesia and it is a perfect fit for our aesthetics, to source artisan crafts across the archipelago.
Their pieces are ethically hand-made in Bali. You can find Udder’s range of salt box, plate, cup, glass pot and many more in our Bali store. The designs are simple yet intriguing with it’s one of a kind drawing, pattern and writings painted on its surface. Udder’s Trade Winds range is definitely a must have pieces in your private sanctuary tableware collection.
Potato Head Hong Kong
Located in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun District, the newly open Potato Head is bringing together mediums of art, music and fashion with culinary and mixologies experiences.
Take a sneak peek at the interior and exterior here or make your way directly to Potato Head Hong Kong!
G/F 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.
p. +852 2858 6066
Canaan Hong Kong Interior
Designed by Sou Fujimoto whom graduated from the University of Tokyo and he then established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects. Known for his permeable enclosures and distinctive design, one of his most well known project is the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
Located at Hong Kong's dynamic Sai Yung Pun neighbourhood, Canaan will be one of the contributors within the Potato Head Hong Kong Space. Our Hong Kong space is ane xtension of our much beloved journey with ndonesian textiles, ceramics and craft.
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World Ikat Textiles Exhibition at Brunei Gallery SOAS London
A dear friend of ours sent us these photos from the recent Ikat Textiles Exhibition at Brunei Gallery SOAS in London, we were captivated by the striking photos and most of all beautiful ikat fabrics from all of Asia sourced and collected. If you are in that part of the world do visit, exhibition until 26 June!
Not only do we focused on enhancing the beauty of your living sanctuary but we also focus on the little things that can adorn your physical beauty. That is when brand like Massicot walks in and help us envision that.
Their The Factory Girl collection focuses on jewellery made from mixed material such as gold pleated brass, pearl and resin. All those materials are constructed as earrings and necklaces with a bold structured and a strong feminine touch. These pieces from Massicot can become the centre piece of your whole outfit or to help complete a look. Get your own pieces only at Canaan Bali.
LULA, Eva’s first furniture collection features home goods made from certified teak wood obtained from government owned forestry company. Not only does it helps sustain the environment, teak wood is durable, has good dimensional stability and contains natural oils that makes it resistant to timber, termite and pests. Her Lula range is created with the intention to experience a deeper understanding and connection for furniture and design within the personal environment, it thrives to blend within the environment.
Find Eva Natasa’s beautifully made furniture at Canaan Bali.
When it comes to sustainable fashion, not much people behind the fashion industry focuses on the sustainability of kids clothes. That is when brand such as Sea Apple catches our eye. They offers us stylish and modern clothes for children aged 0 - 6 years old made out of organic cotton with it distinctive original prints.
Sea Apple focuses on quality fabrics, comfort and design that can be seen on their latest Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, A Day At Sea. It features different prints in the likes of sea life including sea creatures, beach chair, crabs, fishing boats and maps. The fabrics then are transformed into dresses, tops, bottoms and one pieces.
Not only will you give your kids beautiful outfits to wear but also sustainably made ones.
Introducing Pretty Wise at Canaan
A PRELUDE TO RUANG TIDUR by svas living
When you mix Indonesian heritage with impeccable fashion sense in the comfort of your living area, you can expect to see effortlessly made and exquisitely delivered living and home brand as presented by SVAS Living. Fully made in Indonesia, under the supervision of SVAS LIVING, 'A Prelude to Ruang Tidur’ is a series of lounge wear and living products that will give your living area the right amount of Indonesian touch.
Inheritance quality fabric like linen, wool and cotton are weaved skilfully by SVAS Living’s local craftsmen to keep the the roots and its tradition. SVAS LIVING uses non weaving device to stamped their batik fabric and each thread is weaved into perfection. Their range includes perfectly tailored lounge wear that you can pass wearing outside the house, baskets, rugs, pillow cover and all other decorative things you can image to turn your house into a home. Because a home is not a place it is a feeling, a feeling of being comfortable in your own personal and private space.
You can find SVAS LIVING's Ruang Tidur range, including their baskets, rugs, cushion cover and loungewear set at Canaan Bali.
Established by an Italian fashion designer, Alma Romanello whom aimlessly travels the globe and teaches Kundalini Yoga, Toyoga is not just an array of yoga clothing it has become a style of living. Made in Bali using all-natural cotton, Toyoga clothing are made so that you can pass from the mat directly to the street and still look effortlessly sophisticated.
The clothes are delicately handcrafted and entrancingly hand-dyed, withal the prints are constructed by adapting the ancient screen printing technique that uses woven silkscreen mesh and ink blocking stencil to transfer ink printed designs. Each piece of clothing is delighted with seven semi precious crystals that reflected the seven chakras of the human body.
Transforming from each poses and bending made elegant and comfortable with the custom constructed clothes that compliments the yoga practice. We first met Alma through her arrays of products and fell in love instantly, meeting her in person we realised that she is the true Toyoga woman, friendly, active, confident and has an infectious smile!
Find Toyoga capsule collection at Canaan boutique and gallery.
Agave Indigo Carpet Threads of Life
We came across Threads of Life Agave Indigo Carpet late last year while visiting Jean Howe, one of TOL founders at her gallery in Jalan Bisma and fell in love instantly. Threads of Life works with over 1,000 weavers and artist in community across Indonesia to support the traditional weaving arts and to create sustainable livelihoods for local people.
Made of Agave Sisalana - a plant that grows in dry areas up in the highlands, the plant can be found all throughout Java and the Eastern Islands of Indonesia. Threads of Life has bought the fiber from their local partners which was then used as a base in their Bebali Studio in Ubud.
The indigo that is being used to dye the fiber is grown in Java on large plots and then they are processed into a paste formula. Generally to make one carpet it needs around 50 kilos of indigo paste per carpet and can be counted as a mass production, which led them to purchasing paste rather than processing their own. The carpet itself is created using a very simple old weaving technique; first the agave is twisted into thread that becomes the warp. They then wrap the indigo dyed fiber around the warp to achieve the final product.
Welcoming Canaan at Katamama Hotel
Canaan has officially opened, at Katamama Hotel, Bali Seminyak.
Our opening hours are 10 AM - 10 PM
please come and visit us we would love to welcome all of you.
Our online store will launch very soon, stay tuned.
TANA TORAJA REVISITING A HIDDEN PARADISE
We were fortunate enough to visit Toraja, South of Sulawesi two weeks ago with our colleagues at PTTFAMILY and what was waiting for us was definitely not expected at all. Chef Antoine Audran of the acclaimed Java Bleu and Daniel Mitchell, Creative Director at PTTFAMILY were our traveling companions along with Henky Koenjoro, a renowned Indonesian photographer and Ferry Rusli, a freelance photographer. We were mystified by the Torajanese culture and crafts that are still practiced until today. The team sure had a fantastic time and surely brought with us back some Torajanese coffee.
TONGKONAN A TORAJAN ANCESTRAL HOUSE
The Tongkonan is a traditional Torajan ancestral house built laborously by family members to express their dedication and spiritual connection to their ancestry. “Tongkon” means to sit hence the name Tonkongan. When we visited Rantepao the capital city of Toraja, we still saw many Tongkonan spread across many villages and upon administrative buildings. We found them to be so captivating with its elaborate and detailed wood carvings to its majestic v- shaped roof. We left Toraja believing in its legends that their ancestral houses did indeed descended from heaven, and we hope that they stay for many more years to come.
THE WOMEN OF TORAJA THE ART OF WEAVING
Women of Toraja they are warriors, the backbone of the family and community. They are skillful women from attending to domestic duties to perfecting the art of weaving. During our trip we met with Dini Yusuf, a mother, wife and dreamer as it proudly says on her business card, truly humbled by her work in Toraja and what she has accomplished over the years. She welcomed us on our second day at Sad’an Village, one of Toraja’s most renowned weaving villages; there she has established a community of women weavers who are now successful in their own rights. We hope to collaborate with Toraja Melo in the near future and wish Ibu Dini all the success and blessings.
KATAMAMA A BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF PTTFAMILY GROUP
Katamama Hotel is PTTFAMILY newest addition in the island of the Gods, Bali. It is strategically located opposite of Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak known for its eclectic interior and grandeur coliseum-like architecture that has received numerous accolades. Canaan Bali makes its debut at Katamama on March 2016 next to Ubud’s famed raw food café Alchemy and Jakarta’s coffee purveyor 1/15th.
MADE ARSANA TARUM GIANYAR
We met Made Arsana almost two and half years ago and immediately bonded over life stories of Bali and sharing his past experiences working in the busy Seminyak. His natural dye workshop Tarum has been producing textiles and ikat for the past fifteen years. Its location, in the south of Gianyar overlooks the coast and we always enjoyed our drive to and from Tarum back to the hustle and bustle of busy Seminyak. We are really quite excited of our future together!
INDIGO JOURNAL PEJENG UBUD
This indigo journal is a collaboration product made by Bali-based photographer Vicki Bloomfield with Canaan Bali. As a freelance photographer we often see Vicki roaming the streets of Bali with her camera taking everyday candid pictures of street art, Balinese working women and scenery. Her images of Tarum workshop adorned the front of journal, with indigo-lined textile sourced from Pejeng which has beautifully lined the covers. Inside, indigo-dyed threads sourced from Sumba parts the pages as a parting thread.
ANGELA JUDIYANTO FOR CANAAN BALI
Angela Judiyanto is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. We met Angela over five years ago and have followed her work through the years; her list of clients includes Potato Head and Tapping Shoes to name a few. For Canaan Bali we have commissioned Angela to do a series of original watercolor marks for our collateral purposes. Our thematic key word is imperfections, and we gave Angela the freedom to experiment with watercolor, brush strokes and textures.
TACIT CERAMIC FOR CANAAN BANDUNG
Tacit is a Bandung-based workshop that specializes in ceramic making. Established by Aditya, Alfredo and Happy Mayorita, they focused on making sustainable ceramic products for every day needs through various inspirations of the mundane and careless practices. At Canaan Bali we have commissioned Tacit to create a series of tableware from Angela Judiyanto’s watercolor mark.
TJOK AGUNG PEMAYUN PEJENG UBUD
The charming village of Pejeng nestled in the River of Petanu is located in the east of Ubud. Situated in a nondescript setting near the central market, this indigo workshop produces one-of-a-kind indigo-dyed textiles fusing the art of Japanese shibori with its own Balinese batik created by the genius of Tjok Agung and his adorable wife, Ibu Agung. Both works tirelessly employing women and men living in their nearby village sustaining their workforce and supporting the surrounding community. We sourced many of our textiles from Tjok Agung and has made them into one of a kind totes and accessories as each fabric is unique and hand-stamped with natural dyes.
INDIVIE A PURVEYOR OF INDONESIAN CRAFTS
Indivie is a little gem of store tucked away in Waroeng Made’s Seminyak street. Filled with an anthrologie of crafts made only in Indonesia this store is managed and founded by Judith Cheung, a wonderful lady whose passion for Indonesian crafts and heritage is an inspiration for Canaan Bali.
JEAN HOWE OF THREADS OF LIFE
We met Jean Howe not too long ago at her gallery Threads of Life, in Ubud Bali. Her commitment and passion to preserving Indonesian textiles are aspiring and humbling. Working with over 1500 weavers in Indonesia, Thread of Life is about connecting people. They are always on the run to revitalize the traditions and in result, TOL products are rooted with sustainability. Their natural method of textile production with complete cultural integrity.
THE ART OF BASKETRY PRESERVING HERITAGE
These Kalimantan baskets are handwoven with all natural dyes, sourced from Threads of Life and available at Canaan in store.
AIZOME PRESERVING A JAPANESE CRAFT
These handcrafted Japanese sandals from the region of Kumamoto, Kyushu are handmade using strands of kimono scraps, and dyed in natural indigo. Provided by our Japanese friend Momo-san, who is a native of Kumamoto we are very fortunate to find such individuals who are very passionate in preserving their local heritage crafts.
CAHAYA NATURALS BLENDING FRAGRANCE AND ESSENTIAL OILS
We are in love with Cahaya Naturals soaps made entirely of natural ingredients that are actually good for the skin. Using only the highest quality of essential oils, Cahaya Naturals soaps are bursting with fragrances such as tea tree, geranium, lavender and rose. With seasonal and limited edition offerings we are thrilled to custom-made a special fragrance for Canaan. Find out more instore.
CASAMAYOR SCENTED CANDLE DEPICTING BALINESE LIFE
Casamayor is a beautiful little store tucked away in Jalan Berawa Canggu, founded by Marie Schmit. Originally from France, they have now called Bali home. We are in love with her scented carved candles, depicting Balinese temples and sceneries. Find their products in store!