About Daniel Purnomo
When he was a kid, Daniel Purnomo was very passionate with visual art, especially in drawing, He liked to sketch cartoons characters from comic books. But the passion faded away in his teenage year as he began to pick up the guitar and fell in love with music.
Grew up in the typical conservative family, Daniel took a path as an engineer. Nevertheless, his musical passion pulled him back into his main passion and became a professional musician. Since then he came to Singapore and took a Bachelor Art program (in music) in Lasalle, College of the Arts.
One day, inspired by Stanley Jordan, a tapping/touch-style guitarist, he had an experiment in playing tapping on two guitars, one on his lap, they other one was lying on a table. Pretty happy with the result, he thought it would be more practical to have only one guitar that could serve as two. He then, started designing his own interpretation of "double guitar". for 2 hands tapping (left pictures).
Since then his passion in visual art strangely came back. He's then been sketching many guitars.
Daniel doesn't copy any other guitar shape as his aims would always been ergonomically functional guitar with original artistic look. Inspired by daily life and his surounding environment such as: kueh lapis (an Indonesian/Malay layer cake, anchor, and any random things he could think of, he's been creating many of organic shape guitars and basses. He likes to display the natural wood grain without thick coating finishing. With this concept, his guitars will blend naturally with its environment and serve as beautiful visual art decoration too.
They look playfully witty as he thinks there's a connection between engineering, music and arts..it's all about making better solutions. In this matter, it's about concepting "feels better, sounds better, looks better" guitars.
Quoting from Daniel, "Beside serving as musical instrument, guitar also serves as an art piece, it's like a painting or carving where we enjoy it by staring at it. It's also like well designed home furniture where you can enjoy the function as well as decorating your room.
Hence, my design encompasses: tonality aspects, comfortability & ergonomic aspects, durability, as well as artistic design for your visual pleasure.
It's a boutique concept guitar that "dress" you up differently than just a mass production guitar. What a collectible item of a piece of art!"