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 and discussed here by and with the experts. And I am so proud that Jakarta Vintage will be part of it. On Jan 8 at 3-5pm –-Saturday afternoon– Jakarta Vintage will share and chat with around 30-50 audience on “vintage hunting and decorating with vintage”. You are all invited. See you there.
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 catchment and, natural light and air flow optimized to reduce electricity consumption. Cool. And all Indonesian-made materials are taking a center stage here, indoor and outdoor. The interior of the show unit for example, is an exhibition of fine Indonesian furniture — all vintage from the 60’s and 70’s. This is where my vintage-obsessed mind goes ecstatic, naturally. I totally agree with Ronald Akili, the founder of this project who says: “I hope Tanah Teduh will be a source of inspiration and a project that Indonesia could be proud of.” Bravo architects Andra Matin, Wendy Djuhara, Anthony Liu, Yori Antar, Adi Purnomo, Ahmad Djuhara, Eko Prawoto, Ferry Ridwan, Tan Tik Lam, and Zenin Adrian who made it happen. So last week I was proud and impressed by my fellow Indonesians. I am sure you would be too. Sources: tanahteduh.com and doinc.org
I love Yogjakarta for so many things. The batiks, the gudeg, the lesehan, the sense of humor. And now these tiles. I am sure it’s not just me. I saw them in Kraton, in some coffee houses, hotels and restaurants…and in this Diamond Baru tile shop, well of course. I went there last week to check what they have to offer. Knowing Diamond is a lesser known tile brand compared to the legendary Cap Kunci who practically owns the category and the buzz, I was surprised to see how beautiful the tiles are. The tiles featured here are mostly from this shop, and some belong to the Kraton. Dont you love them too?
Flea market and street finds are becoming art in the creative hands of artist Ade Darmawan, the founder and director of Ruang Rupa. In his solo exhibition called “Human Resource Development” at Ark Galerie (Sep 23- Oct 24), Jakarta Selatan, Ade turns objects such as second-hand chandeliers, used books and vintage desks into an art with a message. I don’t quite understand what the message is, but I do understand now that lost and found finds can make a beautiful art. So inspiring. Just look at these photos
What do you remember about the 80’s most? For many, it is the ridiculous shoulder pads, leg warmers, parachute pants. For me, it is the great music. Music that I can sing along. That’s what I expected when I came to see Indonesia’s 80’s, a concert that presented some musicians who ruled the Indonesian music scene in the 80’s: Vina Panduwinata, Harvey Malaiholo, Trie Utami, Elfa’s Singers, Titi DJ, Imaniar, Mus Mujiono, Deddy Dhukun, Fariz RM, and some others, last week. The seven hour concert has turned the venue –Tennis Indoor Senayan– into a group karaoke where the whole audience sang along and even danced to some upbeat numbers, and yes I was among those who got carried away. The show finale belonged to Fariz RM –the most talented, most productive and most versatile artist in the 80’s. Only he showed up at 1am (in the morning!) when I was too restless to stay (It’s past my bed time, that;s why) . I did enjoy the concert though, maybe also because it was my birthday. Celebrating it with my favorite 80’s musicians is indeed a night I won’t forget.
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. Here is my personal choice. Have a restful weekend!
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” any space with confidence and presence. Paintings that “demand” attention and stay in your photographic memory even after you don’t see them anymore. I definitely want them all for my home and my office. Not just ten. Congratulations to Tommy F Awuy the curator and Amalia Ahmad for exhibiting such iconic paintings. And bravo of course to Erizal As the artist for the great works.
The good thing about having an office space in a mall is every need is only one minute away. Darmawangsa Square –where my office is based– has three art galleries, one auction house and one museum. So today –after I was released from a tiring, long meeting outside– I visited an art exhibition at Yuz Museum which was presenting the artworks of an international contemporary artist Dadang Christanto. The painting and installation works are curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong.
Through this exhibition the artist “wishes to invite us to reflect upon…history and memory” that’s why you will see plenty of heads in the museum in the next three months– painted with wayang, dogs, buffalo and other javanese objects. Just beautiful. So beautiful that I felt fresh, inspired, almost forgot about that long meeting.
My Private Garden by Nani Sakri, my favourite. Great as a focal point in a big space. Just pretty. I bet all my friends would want this one too.
Iriantine Karnaya and Nani Sakri get together to present their works in an exhibition called DIALOG KERINDUAN commencing now in the Energy Building, in Sudirman Business District. One is a senior contemporary sculptor, the other one is a seasoned painter — and by the way a famous catwalk model of the 70’s, both highlighting woman as their art object. In my ten minute visit in the exhibition, I have already spotted some artworks that I think may work in my vintage spaces, or would actually be better for the homes of my good friends Ira, Vera, Uti, Irma, Maribelle, Dwita, Geline, Rima, and Andu. My spontaneous comment on all the artworks is: pretty and beautiful. Congratulations. Here is my pick:
Another pretty painting by Nani Sakri, Transformation. This painting can transform any room into beauty. Maybe Ira would like it for her home.
I dont know what the artist Iriantine means by “Two Days Before” but I think Andu would like it.Andu, this should be yours.
This iconic sculpture, Go Through, is reminding me of my friend Uti who goes thru ups and downs sound and happy.
Loving, Listening, Ears. Sounds like my friend Vera. Would look good in your bed room, Vera.
A Mother’s Gift 2, just the right gift for Irma, a mother of three beautiful kids.
In Harmony With Nature will sure be in harmony in any room and with anyone, especially with Dwita.
Another “Transformation” for Maribelle who transforms everything into the positive. Her huge house would be more grande with this painting.
High Patience, best describes Rima. Make sure it hangs straight Rims.
Over The Boundaries, this one could be about Geline, who crosses boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines, work and party, day and night….
The artist, Bismar Siagian, calls his work “Bizzare”, I call it “unique”.
SINS Fine Art Exhibition was held for five days at Guddang Gallery, just a block away from my office. Yet I missed to pay a visit and get myself a little art education. Luckily the day after it was closed down for public, I managed to visit the venue and enjoy the paintings, as –to my advantage– the artists have not come to pick up their works.
Sabila Cakra says “Mom Loves Cat More Than Me #2”, I say the cat looks cute.
Here is my personal choice again based on: would they go with my vintage pieces. Oh by the way all the artists were aged between 18 to 22…What a nice surprise, such nice works created by such fresh minds. Enjoy the artworks and have a restful weekend!
The painting below (“Envy”) by Sidhi Pradipta would really look good in my meeting room, or above the piano at home. Well, I guess it would look good anywhere.
Freezing Smile by Ahmad Agung Ramadya, this is good to cheer up the creative room.
The painting in the center is another Sidhi’s work called “Wrath”. Funny I feel happy when I see it.
Below is another “Bizzare” work by Bismar Siagian. Again not so bizzare to me. The last three paintings belong to Sabila. And one word from me: wow!