Porterhouse is restaurant/lounge located in a vibrant, new and upcoming area in North Jakarta. The space is characterized by the use of recycled materials such as reclaimed wood, metal and cement tiles sourced from around Central Java. The use of natural textures aims to bring a rugged feel while maintaining the chic factor. Old window frames with geometric patterns are also used to consolidate the overall feel of the interior. This juxtaposition of vintage materials with contemporary design creates a stylish environment that responds to the young, urban and hip lifestyle of its patrons.
In with the old and new — Located in the new and upcoming area of Pantai Indah Kapuk in Northern Jakarta, Porterhouse is a contemporary fusion restaurant with an eye for design.
Interior designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo conceptualized a hip new dining place that juxtaposes old and new elements in an innovative way. The 592 square meter restaurant is situated in a 2-storey “shop-house” building that is popular in Indonesia at the moment.
In order to create a casual and communal atmosphere, Alvin proposes an open and airy layout segmented by see-through frames and trellises. For those craving for an alfresco dining experience, the outdoor area is fitted with several large, cushioned cage-like benches distributed sporadically.
Porterhouse is proud to have adopted the locavore approach to design. Most of the material used in this restaurant were upcycled products sourced from all over Java. Indonesia’s artisanal culture also allows for one-of-a-kind customization.
Many of the furnitures and interior elements were designed specifically for this project. The contemporary patterns on the cushions were batik-stamped in Solo. Likewise, the old window trellis synonymous with 70s' style Javanese houses took on a new life as geometric wall features. Similar trellises also function as room dividers such as the one situated at the center of the restaurant. This particular area is elevated to create a center-stage feel, which is then balanced with the usage of low tables and chairs. The semi private dining areas on the second floor are enclosed with old wooden door and window frames to lend intimacy and privacy. Long wooden tables are placed to enhance communal gatherings while modern wooden and rattan chairs serve as the perfect complement.
Overall, Porterhouse is a unique dining destination that will appeal to discerning and design driven individuals looking to gather in a casual yet comfortable environment. Its tasteful blend of local materials with contemporary approach creates a new progressive feel, that definitely reflects the zest of contemporary Indonesian identity.