Modernist design and Bali’s ancient cultures
Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

The Bukit in Bali is a wild landscape of cliffs and rugged savannah landscapes, totally unlike the rest of Bali. At the highest point of the cliffs, Uluwatu temple is bathed by the setting sun, one of Bali’s most romantic sights. WOHA designed the Alila Villas Uluwatu resort in this unique environment. As part of the commission, WOHA developed a suite of furniture inspired by this powerful environment, rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

The architecture and interiors are inspired by the bright light and deep shadows of Uluwatu, the pale limestone cliffs and the deep blue sea. Bali’s rich culture shows evidence of centuries of influences, from the Bronze Age animism, via the Hindu Majapahit Empire, through Dutch Art Deco to contemporary modern design.

The Ulu furniture suite fuses modernist design with motifs drawn from Bali’s ancient cultures. The Ulu series combines refined, tapered solid wood chairs with a range of tables, lamps and accessories based on Dong Son rain drums and Hindu colonettes.

The Ulu collection unites solid wood in silver and gun metal with bronze and leather, contrasted with polished concrete and metal mesh. It is lustrous, contrasting and rich in mood, yet light, airy and tropical in design. The series is both sophisticated and relaxed, and works wonderfully in both indoor and outdoor settings.