Jaya was the son of a Sumatran diplomat and a Javanese princess, who grew up in Jogjakarta and studied in both Singapore and in the United Kingdom before designing around the globe and in Indonesia. He started his career in design with the help of the actress-turned- designer, Anouska Hempel.

Branching out on his own in the early 90’s his first commercially successful project was The Legian in Bali. The project earned him international recognition paving the way for him to design many more luxury properties including: The Patina, Capitol, and the Capella in Singapore; the Dharmawangsa in Jakarta; the Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam; the Amanfayun in Hangzhou, China; the Aman at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China; and the Setai in South Beach Miami, United States, to name but a few. Jaya’s distinctive trademark was calmness. The interior design of a building needed to help make that building calm and inviting. There may be exciting elements here and there, but his designs were to the point and characterized by a composition of calmness and symmetry.

His impression of today’s interior designs was that it lacked a sense of what is right and wrong by abandoning guidelines or restrictions. The three important characteristics of a well-designed interior according to Jaya were: A well thought-out circulation, a human scale and a good background.

In 2005, Jaya met businessman Bruce Goldstein with whom he founded, in 2010, Jaya International Design, an international boutique interior design and architecture consultancy. It is Jaya’s work and sense of style, both in his trade and in his demeanor that made him a legend within his own lifetime. Indonesia Tatler Homes bids this gentle, modest and iconic designer adieu. May he rest in peace.