For his love to Balinese , Michael White or Made Wijaya (his Balinese name) has decided to set his house in Mertasari village, Sanur. Down there, he finds himself in a peaceful trees and friendly villagers.
This artist, whose education background is landscape gardening, adopts Balinese architecture in building his house. He seems to be inspired by forties period temples in Denpasar. His house arranged in several separated buildings: a private house, a studio, and on office. However, Made maintains the flexibility of these small separated units. So if necessary, the private house can be a studio or the way around.
Spreading out on a quite ample area, the whole part of the house resembles the atmosphere of Bali – from apit lawang guarding the main gate, aling-aling which borders the public and private area, to the ambengan grass roof supported by coconut trunks. A kul-kul is also erected near the swimming pool side to create a typical Balinese house yard.
The ceiling made of exposed bamboo with its natural color enriches the corners of interior and suitably matches with the ethnic furniture. The ethnic is flourished by keeping the furniture’s dull, natural colors and displaying stone ornaments that reflect the characteristics of primitive designs. Made often has to seek traditional goods by himself, just to fulfill his inspirational drives. Among his favorite areas are Lombok, Java and of course Bali, which has become a part of him.
Being consistent with his design world, Made paints the walls in various, experimental hues. Also he sets a small park in every corner of his place. The shade of trees is enjoyable through some openings such as Balinese windows.