Desa Potato Head is scheduled to open in May as Bali’s first “creative village.”
The Desa (‘desa’ means ‘village’ in Indonesian) includes Katamama and the brand’s landmark Beach Club. The final element of the decade-spanning project is the Creative Centre, designed in partnership with managing partner, architect David Gianotten at OMA, the Dutch practice founded by Rem Koolhaas.
The Creative Centre will have 168 guestrooms—to be called Potato Head Studios—as well as a farm-to-table restaurant, numerous bars, a multifunctional gallery, an environmentally-driven kids club, several rooftop activation areas, an amphitheater, a beachfront pool with daybeds, a music recording studio, a permanent home for dance music’s Wild Life Archive, and - next door - a subterranean discotheque designed in partnership with DJ Harvey.
Each studio will have furniture and amenities made from recycled plastics and planet-friendly materials conceptualized by British designers Max Lamb and Faye Toogood, whose work is brought to life by Balinese artisans using indigenous materials and techniques as well as Potato Head’s own Sustainism Lab, an R&D team dedicated to finding circular solutions.
Anyone checking into Potato Head Studios or Katamama will receive a zero-waste kit, which includes a water bottle, RPET tote bag, bamboo straws and other essentials, as well as refillable amenities like sunscreen, after-sun care and insect repellent.
Photo credit: Desa Potato Head