Kezia Karin: The Trendsetter


Since setting up her own firm in 2006, Kezia Karin has evinced an attention to detail, proportion, scale and composition that has unleashed the creative potential of all her finished designs. Famous for her adventurous use of colors and textures, Surabaya-based Karin uses multi-cultural and historical reference points that are also hallmarks of her eclectic style. Talking with Indonesia Design, Karin discusses her story and opinions on design in Surabaya.

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What brought you into design?

I think it’s in the blood. Both my parents are architects. They were the ones who introduced– as well as induced–me to the world of design and art.

What was your first professional project?

It was a residential project. I did that more than 10 years ago.

Why set up business in Surabaya?

I wasn’t really planning to stay in Surabaya, but well, it happened to be like that.

What one project in your career offers you the most profound memory?

I have two. One is a residential project in Teluk Golf Citraland that was built around six years ago; the other is the office of a high-end finance company that was just completed earlier this year. Both marked milestones in our portfolio development.

What do you think about design in Surabaya?

[Developments in] the last five years have been rapid and fascinating. However, I think people still need more education as to how important the quality of design and other essentials are. Design is not only about the look. I’m looking forward to seeing more young interior designers with their unique styles–not just those who go with the flow or who are designing just to meet the market trends. Being different is always better than following trends set by others.

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Barbara Hahijary
Barbara earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the Interior Architecture Program of the University of Indonesia in 2013. Historical or heritage buildings, as well as utilitarian design, fascinates her as it is the interaction between people and architecture that remains her favourite topic to explore. Besides architecture, her interests include design, handcrafts, literature and social issues.

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