The Indonesian version of Milan Design Week — that is Bazaar Art/ Casa 2013—was back last week. This time around I was really intrigued by the works of young designers who made it to the final of The Design Challenge 2013. I think their works are awesome. Just look at the works here. They are exactly what this event wanted to achieve: unity of art and design. One chair is inspired by Rumah Gadang, another chair is very Mickey Mouse. Or that two seater in yellow fabric by Mariska Adriana and that slim side table by Zanun, they are all fresh and unique. I love them all. What do you think?
Lebaran is around the corner and it’s time to refresh your wardrobe (in 1-2 new batiks, out 10-25 o-so-yesterday outfits) and your home (by repainting it white –like million homes do). As for me, I refreshed my office by moving around the furniture to get that fresh new look. The coffee table in the reception area moved to the meeting room. The book rack divider now was put against the wall. And what did I get? The same old vintage look. Only new and fresh. And I am ready for Lebaran already. I should try this more often, so should you. Just a little advice: please dont do it in the morning, you may end up exhausted and breaking your fast …faster. Happy fasting everyone. PS: Click here if you want to see the original look of the office.
For my best friend Lucy, Indonesia is her second home. How can it not be, she has lived and worked in Indonesia for 17 years, during which she has travelled to practically every part of the archipelago. Her love for this country is obvious. Her home housed the best ethnic furniture from Java and Madura. She collects batiks and Indonesian handicraft too. So what could be the best treat for her in her last days in Jakarta? A vintage tour, of course. Just three days before she left the country for good, Lucy along with Laurel, Sigit, Ika and I went to Gedung Filateli in Pasar Baru for a vintage hunting. Yes, inside the museum, there is a “philately market” where old stamps, letters, photos and documents are for sale. Lucy who has a soft spot for old ads bought a folder of Indonesian press ads from the 1930’s which she shared with me. She came out from that place with a big smile, so did I. I was happy especially because I managed to spend time together with her in her last days in Jakarta, and I hope that this vintage hunting is among the best moments that she will remember. Today is the fourth of July and with this posting I can’t think of a better way to wish my American friend Lucy Mize a Happy Independence Day. Thank you for the good time and see you soon.