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    Black and Beautiful in Kuningan

    Black is beautiful, and it’s so true in the case of Otel Lobby restaurant in Kuningan. The decor concept is actually simple: a hotel lobby with a touch of New York –perhaps, gothic –obviously, and vintage –of course. So I think. When I enter the restaurant, I feel like entering a different universe. The big industrial clock, the ping pong

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    Extra Ordinary Designs At Desain.ID 2012

    The most anticipated event on interior design in Indonesia –Desain.ID 2012– has just kicked off at Jakarta Convention Center last Wednesday. This year it focuses on “design in extra ordinary means”…Well, for me it means I have to find extra ordinary and iconic designs to be highlighted here, not hard at all as there are so many interesting works there.

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    Finding Vintage In Bandung

    Back in Bandung again, and funny it’s never boring. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the food and the restaurants. Or maybe it’s the many vintage buildings. Duh. I stayed in a hotel on Jalan Braga where some of the country’s best art deco buildings are just steps away. One of the famous shops there is Toko Buku Djawa, a

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    Lebaran A la Martha Stewart

    Lebaran frenzy is almost over and —ooops I forgot to wish you all the best Idul Fitri and hope you enjoyed the break. As Lebaran is about sharing, I would like to share how Martha Stewart Living Indonesia celebrates Lebaran as featured in its July issue. Known worldwide as the guru in homemaking, Martha knows best how to decorate the

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    Vintage and The City 2: Home & Decor

      Remember my posting in June titled “Vintage and The City” which highlighted an apartment in Senayan? Last month the Home & Decor magazine –with the tagline: stylish living made easy– visited the apartment and shot it for its August edition. So last week I bought a copy of the magazine, and when I flipped pages 68-75, it looks –shall

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  • Jalan Surabaya in Video

    Kariim sent me a video of our trip to Jalan Surabaya several weeks ago. You know what the place has to offer, well practically anything antique and vintage, however our visit somehow focused only on vinyls, turntables and cassettes, as you can see in the video. Not exactly doing justice to the place, but through this video I hope you

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    Vintage Posters At Gedung Joang 45

    Today is the 67th celebration of our independence and I know exactly what I was going to write here. Vintage, of course, what else. This time around it’s about vintage posters at  Gedung Joang 45, a museum on Indonesian journey from the colonization time until finally free and independent. This is the first time I checked out the museum and

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  • Finding Vintage In Ramadhan: Rawkmadhan

    Vintage hunting during fasting month can be quite a challenge as most hunting places are outdoor and just too hot for this fasting body. So for a chance it was really nice to visit a full-air-conditioned vintage fair held by demajors as part of an event called Rawkmadhan, in Gandaria last week. This fair focused on vinyls, CD, cassettes, and

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    Jakarta Vintage Tour

    Our first Jakarta Vintage tour took place yesterday, starting off with what my friend Rima calls “heritage tour” at the National Museum (or Museum Gajah).  Rima thinks it is important for us to get a little history and culture education before we hit the flea market and I couldn’t agree more. Except that we did it only for fifteen minutes,

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    The Majestic Villa Isola

    My friend Sigit who shares a common interest in vintage department has been talking about a magnificent building in Bandung called Villa Isola over and over, and promised me to send the photos. To be honest, I never heard of it, so my attitude is: I only believe it when I see it. But when I saw the photos that

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  • 10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home 4

    Bazaar Art Jakarta 2012 –the biggest art market in Indonesia, they say– which I attended last weekend was a bit overwhelming for me and I mean it in a good way. There are just too many good things and too little time. From beautiful paintings, installations, kinetics, photography to cool furniture and interior pieces. But for today’s posting I will

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  • Kebayoran Lama: In Video

    My friend Kariim just sent me another video which he shot, developed and edited all by himself. I watched it right away and thought I should share it with you again here. The video is a clip of our vintage hunting session to Kebayoran Lama a month ago. For someone who is new to vintage and flea market ideas, Kariim

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  • Romancing Vintage Jakarta: In Video

    I got many positive feedback on the photos on Jakarta tempo doeloe I posted last week. Many wish that the modern and orderly old Jakarta in 1920-1950’s was kept that way, especially that cool trem (streetcar). Well, there is really nothing we can do about it now, no? But I think we all should thank Scott Merrillees for collecting those

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  • Taman Puring: In Video

    You have known what Taman Puring has to offer–well practically anything and everything, vintage and not so vintage– but you may be clueless on what the place looks like. So three weeks ago my friend Kariim and I cruised the place and shoot it with his 60D camera. The four minute video was shot, developed, edited by Abdul Kariim Risyad–15

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  • Romancing Vintage Jakarta: When Trem Was The Way

    Jakarta governor election –first round they say, like we need another one– was just finished. But no, that is not my point of interest. I just want to share interesting photos about unbelievably amazing Jakarta which I took from Greetings From Jakarta, Postcards Of A Capital 1900 – 1950, a newly published book by Scott Merrillees. These photos were actually picture

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    Guess Who’s On The Cover

    When my friend Ika and I found these magazines at Toko Buku Tera, the game has just begun between us: who is that funny looking guy and who is that sexy model kind of game. Hey I like vintage and antique but it doesn’t mean i can recognize Hollywood celebrities from the 50’s you know. Well, not quite true, as

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    10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home 3

    Big. Bold. Beautiful. That is my impression when I saw these paintings two days ago at Philo Art Space, Kemang Timur. I love the color composition too, like it’s meant to match with modern space. This is the kind of painting that would turn any space –vintage or not– into a beautiful art gallery. The kind of painting that “owns”

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    Romancing Vintage Jakarta: When The Sky Was Blue…

    Yes, this is Jakarta in the 50’s. Amazingly modern and clean. That book that I found at a secondhand book shop –Tanah Air Kita by N.A. Douwes Dekker– I can’t seem  to get enough of it. It has so many really great photos of Indonesia in the 50’s. For today’s post, however, I only pick photos of Jakarta –or Jacarta

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    Vintage Fair At Kemang

    Yesterday was a fun day for vintage passionistas especially for those who had a chance to visit Vintage Fair held by tokove in Kemang Selatan, and I was lucky I was one of them. I got there around 4.30 when the weather was just nice. It was also nice to see some familiar faces especially among the sellers, who own

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    My Hunting Field 7: Ciputat

    Ciputat has for a long time been most famous for furniture shops –there are hundreds of them– specializing in teak and mostly ethnic style. In the past years, however, I have seen more and more mid century furniture being displayed in many shops. One shop owner says that the demand for mod pieces started ten years ago and is getting

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