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  • Reuse Art At Alun Alun Indonesia: Video

    Hi, I would like to thank everyone who came to see this event, very well appreciated. As for those who have not had a chance to see, just relax, you have plenty of time until Sept 9 when the event will end.  And for those who is super busy or simply too lazy to leave your homey space, this is

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    Reuse Art At Alun Alun Indonesia

    How do you celebrate the Independence Day? For my friends Prita & Nova from Artmedium and Raya & Aryo from Rep Insula, it is an art affair, as they celebrate it by organizing an art exhibition called Suara Indonesia, at Alun Alun Indonesia. Through this event Prita and friends want to show that beautiful art can come from reuse and

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    Elle Decoration Goes Vintage

    The latest edition of the world’s most stylish magazine Elle Decoration was just out, celebrating the beauty of Indonesia and its crafts, designs, arts, destinations, and homes. August  is the month of Independence and it’s only natural that the spirit of nationalism is glorified everywhere, including at Elle. I am proud that Jakarta Vintage was part of this fabulous edition

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    10 Designs That I Love at Bazaar Art/Casa 2013

    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

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    Vintage at Work (2): Moving Around While Fasting

    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

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    Jakarta Vintage Tour 3: A Tribute To Lucy

    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

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  • Video: Jakarta Vintage At Martha Stewart’s Rumah Inspirasi

    The video clip of Jakarta Vintage’s talk show at Rumah Inspirasi two weeks ago is just out in youtube. Thanks to Ozi the one man show guy who did everything for the video  –shooting, directing, and editing. For those who wanted to get the look and feel of the event, have a look at this video. http://youtu.be/1QFbpFbMHBo  

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  • Meet Bu Tumbu Ramelan, A Batik Aficionado

    There are batik observers, batik collectors, and then there is Ibu Tumbu Ramelan. She is beyond all that. When it comes to batik, there is light in her eyes and suddenly everyone around her becomes friends. That is how much her love for batik does to her. I am lucky to meet and learn from her in our two brief

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    Jakarta Vintage At Martha Stewart’s Rumah Inspirasi (Part 2)

    The sharing and meeting session with around 50 vintage enthusiasts  at Rumah Inspirasi finally took place, on a pouring Saturday. I got many interesting questions from the audience such as: how to decor a small apartment with vintage items? how to take care of old vinyls? who is your favorite vintage singer? and: what is the cheapest vintage item that

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  • Jakarta Vintage At Martha Stewart’s Rumah Inspirasi

    Last Thursday Martha Stewart Living Indonesia launched Rumah Inspirasi at Grand Indonesia, 5th floor skybridge. Rumah Inspirasi is a home – a real home, with everything inside: kitchen, living room, bed room, even a powder room– built by the magazine to house the best that a home can make. Anything from handcraft, cooking, decoration, art and culture will be displayed

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    Guess Who’s On The Cover (2)

    Indonesian vintage models — have you ever wondered how they look? Well, it’s actually easy to check them out in google image or youtube, or maybe in those old photo albums in the garage. As for me, I have these Varia magazines, 60’s edition –which I found in Blok M Square two weeks ago. Looking at the cover models on

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    10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home

    Nowadays everyone seems to be obsessed with going global and the whole globalization thing….except Ika Vantiani, Muhammad Taufiq (Emte), and Rukmunal Hakim. The three artists are proofing that local is the way to go. And it can be cool too. Or dark. Or playful and beautiful. I am talking here about their art works which are now being exhibited at

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    Finding Vintage Tapestry At Flea Markets

    Tapestry, there was time –perhaps between 70’s and 80’s– when every home in Indonesia had it. Framed as hanging decoration, or used as tablecloth, or even as dress. Yes, that was the time when every mother, grand mother, auntie and sister make tapestry as a hobby. And funnily they make almost the same patterns — lady by the window, gentlemen

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    Antiques and Vintage Behind The Palace

    Have you visited a palace to enjoy the beauty of it and then seen the not-so-pretty picture behind it? I have, in my latest visit to Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or Keraton Yogyakarta. After two hours and so enjoying and admiring the Keraton collections, I had a chance to see “the un-palace”. I was referring to the houses behind the palace

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    Finding Mao in China

    Thirty-seven years after his death, he is still alive everywhere you go in China. Even in Panjiayuan flea market in Beijing, as you can see here. Mao Zedong, the founding father of People’s Republic of China, is present in the form of painting, calligraphy, photo, statue, plate, mug, and well, practically anything. His figure seems to remain popular as the

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    Finding Flea Markets in Beijing

    Finding flea markets has been my #1 thing to do in almost every city I visit. Including and especially in Beijing where the biggest flea market in Asia is located, that is Panjiayuan flea market. Here there are about 3,000 registered sellers waiting for you every weekend, offering anything and everything. From opium scales, old pipes, Mao and Buddha statues,

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  • Tanah Teduh: 100% Local, 100% Cool

    Last week I went to Tanah Teduh, in Jati Padang, Pejaten, and felt so proud to be an Indonesian. How can I not? Tanah Teduh is a complex of 20 houses built by leading Indonesian architects with a strong commitment to environment and local materials. So in two hectares of land, no tree-felling was allowed, ponds retained for water processing and

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    Finding Flea Markets in Tokyo

    Finding flea markets in Tokyo is surprisingly not as difficult. All the info about it is humongous and just a google away. Keeping up with the schedule is however a different matter. Most of them open every weekend, some others open on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of every month, one opens only on the 18th and 28th of every

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  • My Hunting Field 11: Bogor

    Aside from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogja and Solo, Bogor is the place to go for vintage hunting. The most famous one is Ciawi, where a shopping complex of antiques and antique-likes is located, pretty much like Jalan Surabaya. But for those  who feel demotivated already by the idea of going to Puncak area –like me–, fortunately there are other options. Right

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    Finding Vintage in Kemang

    Is it just me and my vintage-oriented eyes or is vintage suddenly everywhere you go in Jakarta? Well, maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just in Kemang. Well maybe it’s just in those two places that I recently visited: Common People Eatery & Bar and Cafe Mondo, both in Kemang. Offering different kind of cuisines, they have one thing in

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