Karlyn Cerdena
Design Director, ara design

Karlyn has extensive experience in hospitality, residential and corporate interior design since 1992. Her first design experience in a property developer’s office leads her to head up the Special Projects Department. In 1997, her move to Singapore saw her working on one of the biggest architectural firms in the country whose body of work is primarily residential and corporate projects.

Karlyn came full circle in the various design disciplines by specializing in the field of FF&E, and Detailed Design Development in Wilson & Associates . She moved to Bali in 2005 , after 8 years in Singapore, to set up Ara Design Asia for Ara Design Consultants UK .

She is the Creative and Managing Director of Ara Design Asia, Bali – taking care of the design solutions, with her creative team, as well as liasing with Clients , Hotel Operators and Vendors to realize design concepts and get it built.

The Ara Bali studio, is now currently on its 13th year in Bali , continuously pursuing to expand its horizons and look at all projects with fresh eyes.

In the last two years , to expand their body of work, and the ARA global portfolio, she started exploring teaming up with an architectural practice working primarily with bamboo as the main architectural material, on be-spoke independent F&B venues, that delivered Azul & Tamarind, both short- listed for the Bar & Restaurant Design Awards UK 2016.

When not working on various projects , you can find her pursuing her other passion- wellness and movement , that she channels through yoga, meditation, pilates , Qi-Gong and Tai-chi.

She also recently got back to doing water color paintings , as another creative pursuit ,to complement her design practice.