Jakarta Vintage

SAME OLD BRAND NEW IN YOGYAKARTA

Even after countless visits, this special region is one of the places that never cease to inspire me. During my last trip, I decided to explore the hidden treasures of Yogyakarta and I found it in Pakualaman, at the residence of a friend. Since he is an antique collector as well as an art director, it shouldn’t be a surprise that his home will possess a very personal, unique aesthetic. Nevertheless, I was very impressed by this house, even before I stepped a foot inside! It’s actually a newly built house but all the materials are antiques and/or vintage:the door and window frames, even the pillars! And when “advance technology” is added, like the Cap Kunci floor tiles, the vintage-ness of its design is ensured. It’s hard to choose which piece of furniture is my favourite, … because I like everything!

Corner perfection…
Behind these closed doors… is a homey palace.
Cannot decide my favourite piece in this particular ensemble!
…and yet another corner perfection!
A lovely touch with the bell and the glass lamp!

LITTLE HONG KONG (AND NO VISA REQUIRED!)

I was in the mood for some cultural trip and an authentic lontong Cap Go Meh last weekend. So, naturally a trip to Glodok was taken. I went to the old Klenteng Dharma Bakti (a must-visit when in the area!) and on the way to the Klenteng I passed through Pasar Petak Sembilan. There I saw and got amused by all the crabs, scallops, and frogs being sold… alive! They even put every four-five frogs together and amazingly these little amphibians stayed still – they didn’t even attempt to jump and escape!

Anyway, after I finished my visit to the Klenteng, I popped into the oldest barbershop in Glodok: Ko Tang, whose charm brought my vintage soul right at home.

And whilst it was bustling and business went on as usual, I was at peace here. It seemed that at Glodok, time stood still and it felt good.

The beauty in tranquility
Smells like peaceful spirit!
A nice haircut makes the man!
Cannot help but wonder how much histories have been made on this chair…
No wonder the seafood here tastes so fresh!
Still so amazed by how still these little frogs are!

WHEN THE ADDAMS FAMILY MEETS ALICE IN WONDERLAND

When it comes to art and culture, we all know that Bali is always one step ahead or two from Jakarta. So when I stepped into La Favela in Seminyak – whose name is already an effort for my Sundanese tongue to pronounce – I instantly fell in love! Obviously, the hardcore vintage décor caught my eyes. With such dark, shabby interior and whimsical furbishing, it was almost as if you entered the house of The Addams Family after they’d adopted Alice from Wonderland. And I meant it to be a compliment.

Every corner and inch in La Favela is occupied – even the ceilings! Moreover, you can tell that they’re using 100% reused, recycled, and repurposed materials in the entire two-storey restaurant. In addition, there’s a strong Hispano-American Catholicism vibe through the installation of altars, candles, and Saint figurines. La Favela is definitely the place to go for a quick escape or a nice rendezvous!

The Colours of Indonesia: When Top Designers Get Together….

Chic eco-friendly living room by interior designer Eko Priharseno. Clean, green, modern. Typical Eko’s design. Love it!

Independence Day is just one day to go – and this is how 12 top Indonesian interior designers at ID12 show their pride and love for the country: by creating 12 interior design inspirations. And they all do it in impeccable, tasteful style. Who would have thought –or rather: aren’t you glad to know that– all their works are inspired by the colours of Indonesia, hence the name of the event. Opened last night and attended by media and design enthusiasts, the event will be held until Aug 24 at Senayan City, Jakarta. For those who doesn’t know that local talents can actually rock and rule, here are the names to watch: Agam Riadi, Ary Juwono, Roland Adam, Eko Priharseno, Hendramianto Syamsulhadi, Reza Wahyudi, Anita Boentarman, Fifi Fimandjaja, Prasetio Budhi, Yuni Jie, Shirley Gouw. Bravo ID12 for the initiative and awesome works!

Casual dining room according to Fifi Damandjaja is when nature meets glam. Or is it because of that pretty dress by Sebastian Gunawan? Either way they are beautiful. 

Dark, handsome yet playful. A deer head welcomes at the play room by Reza Wahyudi. Jakarta Vintage approves.

10 ARTWORKS I LOVE AT BAZAAR ART 2014

The 6th Bazaar Art Jakarta is back again, now even bigger and bolder. Yes, with hundreds of artworks from 35 galleries, this year’s exhibition includes overseas artists from China, Japan and Korea, among others– aside from local maestros and up and coming artists. All is unique in thier own right but you know i have to pick only 10 in my wish list, based on: would they go with my vintage space/pieces? Here it goes:

Forest Spirit is a little mystical and spiritual painting by Rodel Tapaya.
Export by sculpture artist Redy Rahadian would look good in my workshop. Love it!
Photo arts by New York-based Singaporean photographer and visual artist John Clang caught my attention. The title is self explanatory: Fear of Losing Experience Remembering Strangers.
I am not being political to say that everyone is now longing for new hope , and this is shared by artist Iqi Qoror too. This is one painting you cant miss.
Boy In The Shade of Tree by Chinese rising star Dai Pingjun looks like everyone’s favourite –me including. This painting would find a home in my showroom.
Never mind the title (The Chorus of Autumn Insects), the late bloomer Feng Lumin from China captures sad and happy childhood in oil on canvas.
This painting by Gatot Indrajati reminds me of Kiki Delivery Service, the famous animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. Look at the sewing machine, the piano, the painting — they will fit well in my space.
A collage of paintings from acrylic, charcoal, pencil, ink, marker, wood frame, plastic flower, paper, resin on canvas by Wisnu Auri. I like the way he mixes different paintings and materials. Perfect for the wall in my work space.

10 DESIGNS I LOVE AT CASA 2014

Works by young designers Michelle Nathania and Binus University students — simply awesome.

Last night was an inspiring night as I had a chance to see the latest, the bold and the beautiful from the select architects, product and interior designers, at the most awaited annual event: Casa by Bravacasa Indonesia, at the Ritz Carlton, Jakarta. Here is my wish list based on — would it go with my vintage space/ pieces:

Art deco heyday embraces megamendung. Who would’ve thought. Stunning work by Reza Wahyudi.
Stealing beauties from the challengers: Dhanistha Dyaksa, Harry Anugrah Mawardi, Nurkholis Fattahurrahman, Saphira Zahra and Windah Herliana.
Dark, red and exotic decor by Ghea Lifestyle. Pretty dolls by Benny Adrianto spice up the space.
Ideal mix: vertical garden, solid wood table and those wooden mushrooms! A work by IdeaLiving.
Innovation in style: Swara coffee table cum blue tooth speaker by Karsa looks as cool as it sounds.
Authentic, quirky table lamps by Lampu Runa. So pretty they will brighten up both your space and your mood.
Seasoned interior designer Roland Adam works his magic and he can do no wrong. Just in-fashion and sophisticated.
Upscale urban modern interior by Arini Subianto. Love the red cabinets.

Art, Craft, Design and …Vintage at Jakarta DoArt

I dont know about you, but I think the creative energy is blowing quite strongly lately….In the past few weeks Jakarta’s hipsters, young at heart, art lovers and design junkies have witnessed some happening events in the city such as  the uber cool Bright Spot, the stylish Pasar Disain 2014, and the artful Jakarta Biennale and SEA Triennale 2013. And there are more to come, I believe. Jakarta DoArt is one. This event is a mix of art, craft and design market and exhibition, taking place at the Street Gallery of Pondok Indah Mall on Nov 28 – Dec 1, 2013. Initiated and organized by a movement called Doinc/ Do Art (www.doinc.org and www.DoArtProject.com) Jakarta DoArt believes that art is for everyone and therefor it has to be attainable by everyone, which perhaps in the form of tote bag, pillow, tumbler, and other interior items. Jakarta Vintage — along with other brands such as 2Madison, ArtMediumStore and others–  supports this event 100% by participating in the event, in the market side. As for the exhibition, Darbotz, Indieguerillas, Dhayank Pambayun, and other artists will display their iconic works in a way that Pondok Indah Mall regulars have never seen. Do come.

IdeaFest: Where Politics, Creativity, Comedy and…Vintage Meet

What happens when Basuki Ahok Purnama –the daring and outspoken Vice Governor of Jakarta–, Raditya Dika –Indonesia’s funniest man since Bing Slamet– and Anis Baswedan –the man behind the breakthrough Indonesia Mengajar– meet and share their wisdom? It’s called IdeaFest 2013. This creative business conference will take place on Sep 27-28 at Jakarta Convention Center and over 1,000 people are expected to attend 20 conferences and workshops which will also feature Rene Suhardono, Andy F Noya, Wishnutama and some other authoritative names in creativity. I am definitely so coming to this event –not only because I will be sharing my piece of mind in a workshop titled: “Fresh Antiquity: From Hobby To Business “– but also because I don’t want to miss a chance to meet with and get inspired by Indonesia’s most creative leaders. Where else will I find an event where comedy, politics, creativity, innovation, business and vintage meet ? For more details, click here http://www.fgdexpo.com/ideafest See you at IdeaFest 2013.

Art, Design, Jazz …and Vintage at LocaFore 2013

The arty, jazzy and stylish event  in Bandung — LocaFore — is coming again this weekend in Kota Baru Parahyangan, Bandung. The three day event will feature 45 artists and 40 local labels, and around 30,000 people are expected to attend this event. And Jakarta Vintage is proud to be part of it –so, hello Bandung. See you this weekend:)

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 recycled items, such as polaroid cameras. Some art you can wear –such as T-shirts– and some others you can sit on it –such as chairs, well, Jakarta Vintage chairs to be precise. These vintage chairs below –all in recycled fabrics — will be displayed –and for sale- are just a good example of what Prita and friends believe that reuse art is beautiful. See you at the event (open on Aug 23, closed on Sept 9, 2013).

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