My husband grew up in Indonesia until he was 14 and then his parents moved back to the States. Indonesian culture and visuals plays an influential role in my husbands design sensibilities, growing up in such a colorful and different world than my typical American upbringing. We recently had a friend (who we met at our weekly Indonesian language class at the Indonesian Cultural Center in Chicago) come back from a summer taking an intensive language class in Indonesia. It happened to be Indonesia's Independence Day so we thought would be fun to meet at an Indonesian restaurant. She brought us bright and lively Batik fabric and met us for some traditional Indonesian food at Chicago's Rickshaw Republic. The restaurant itself is decorated with beauty and color that tries to transport you to living in Indonesia.