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HelloBali, one of the island's notable lifestyle magazines speaks to Maximilian Jencquel for their 20th Anniversary Issue.
Maximilian Jencquel - architectural storyteller.
Hailing from Paris, France, this architect made Bali his home in 2010. The following year Max established Studio Jencquel in Ubud, which draws on the principles of slow design, and focuses on harmonious composition through architecture, furniture, and interior design.
“While I try not to be too adamant about applying any principle, I do believe in the importance of preserving cultural aspects in our environment,” Max says.
“All my designs seek emotional connections with their surroundings. Keeping all our senses open to what is happening in a precise geographic location now and in the past is one way that slow design translates to our designs.”
Max explains that his designs aim to create not just space but also stories. “I help people realise their dreams by tailoring spaces to their particular needs, be it on a personal level, or a professional one.”
One of his favourite projects to date is Sebun Kedis – meaning bird’s nest in Balinese – a private residence built from recycled teak from a rundown barn in Java and a revived ironwood bridge in Borneo, looking like a tree-house on a steel frame.
In designing, Max makes sure that each component serves a purpose and tells a unique story. “The idea is to provide a tailored service to each of our clients. We let them come up with an idea for a story to tell, and we help them to create that story,” Max says. “To do so we establish a relationship with the client, as well as a connection with the project. This is part of the slow design principle, where we try to abstain from the McDonaldisation of design, where everything is predictable, standardised and mass-produced. It is hence not only important for ourselves, and for our clients, but also for our environment.”
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COMO OPENS UMA CUCINA RESTAURANT
On the heels of their latest Thailand property, the tireless COMO Hotels and Resorts has unveiled the newest edition to their Uma by COMO, Ubud (Jalan Raya Sanggingan; 62-361/972-448; from US$270) retreat.
Australian-born chef Nicolas Lazzaroni will preside over the kitchen, who draws on experience from Rockpool in Sydney and Bridges, Bali. The locally-sourced menu includes Italian favorites from handmade pastas to wood-fired pizzas, and more experimental dishes including grilled sardines with sweet and hot peppers, garganelli with fresh yellow fin tuna and rosemary ragu, and wood roasted suckling pig with fennel confit.
In addition to the new dining facility, Uma has also introduced seventeen new rooms designed by Maximilian Jencquel in the spirit of the property’s contemporary Balinese aesthetic.