Interior Decoration

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With Covid restrictions now easing around the world, people at last have the power to move around. Many are enjoying life outside of their homes – visiting pubs, eating out at restaurants, watching shows at the cinema or theater. When they were confined to their houses, people spent on home improvements, a new TV or computer, on the garden. But … Read More

SAM’S HOUSE

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At Armada Orient, we get some interesting projects. One such job was to manufacture house components, furnishings and decorations for a new house in Strathalbyn, a pretty little rural village an hour outside Adelaide in South Australia. Our friend Sam had a good idea of what he wanted. A tradesman (tiler) by profession, he was well acquainted with most aspects … Read More

The Old Modes of Transport

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Things here in Indonesia are changing rapidly, 20 years ago, most people rode pushbikes, or walked. Or if they’d a lot of things to carry back from the market, they might hire a becak pedicab or take a horse drawn carriage. Nowadays, most of these modes have largely disappeared. Solo city now has a sophisticated public transport system, with air … Read More

Shutter Cabinets

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Think of the tropics. Those long steamy days, the sun beating down relentlessly. All you want is a shady, cool place to sit with an ice cold gin and tonic. Louvre shutters always remind me of the tropics. They allow the breeze to flow, and filter out the harsh sunlight. They protect from the torrential rains, and give some privacy. … Read More

Wonderful Handmade Products

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About 30 km south of Solo lies the small town of Pedan. Like many places in Indonesia, this small sub-regency is famous for a speciality. In Pedan’s case it is hand woven fabric, in Indonesia called tenun. In the olden days the back alleys of this pleasant town were alive with the clack clack clack of the flying shuttles and … Read More

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall !

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One great way to spruce up a room in your house is to add a mirror. It immediate adds a focal point of interest to the décor. And the reflection in the mirror gives a feeling of greater spaciousness. At Armada, we have a wide variety of mirrors. Many of these feature lovely old carvings from demolished houses and dismantled … Read More

New Recycled Teak Range

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A range of stools, benches and coffee tables from recycled teak ! Recycling these days is a keyword – we all want to reduce our footprint on this planet and try and leave it a better place for our children and grandchildren. At Armada, we sort of specialize in this art. Taking old, wrecked cupboards and tables, benches and mirrors, … Read More

CARVINGS

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One of the most interesting here in Indonesia ! a. Some carvings we make into stunning mirrors Amongst the many talents here in Indonesia, wood carving is one of the most interesting. Timber is plentiful, and in days of yore, time was not problem either. So people used their spare time decorated their houses and their furniture with carvings. b. … Read More