Modern-Day Javanese Daybed from Santai Furniture

PLANK SPACE. Crafting furniture pieces using modernized traditional skills and sustainable materials from Java is Santai Furniture (available at Padma Resort Bali, Jl. Padma No. 1, Legian, Bali;





One example of its clever interpretations on Javanese influences is a daybed called amben, which literally means “a platform made of bamboo.” In the past, an amben was used as a resting place, crafting station and makeshift counter to hold goods for sale. Today, people in rural villages often use them for lounging. In the hands of designer Eko Prawoto, the traditional amben is turned into a modern-day interior staple by using a spacious mattress and elastic bamboos; the latter element draws inspiration from traditional pikulan (a wooden yoke that is carried across the shoulder with heavy loads on each end).