Jakarta Vintage

VINTAGE HUNTING AT PASAR CIKAPUNDUNG

Look at these cars! I can feel me-from-childhood screaming with joy!

Bandung is always the go-to place for a quick getaway. Right in the middle of the city, between Jl. Braga and Jl. Asia Afrika, there’s a flea market on the entire third floor of Pasar Cikapundung. You can expect a lot of crowd between 1pm to 9pm in the evening, roaming around 50 “antique” stalls. Well, actually vintage is a more appropriate term since they don’t sell things older than 60 years – which is why it’s perfect for the ever-so-obsessed-with-vintage me!

Here you can find legged-jeans mid-century furniture. Ceramic tea-sets, figurines are also here, along with cameras, suitcases and bags. Pasar Cikapundung is where I’ve found the Phillips portable turntable I turn on everyday when I get back home.

Collection-wise, Pasar Cikapundung is truly rich. Unfortunately, I think this market is slightly unorganized and isn’t very-well maintained. The fact that it’s located on the third floor also makes it less tourist-friendly. It could’ve been improved so much better – is it time for me to make a phone call to Ridwan Kamil? Hmmm…..

Where is Purol now?!
Instant reminder of childhood.
Rich collections!
Cannot curb my enthusiasm for those chairs!

JAKARTA VINTAGE AT CASA BY BRAVACASA 2015

Hello, it’s been a while! There has been a lot going on since the launch of the book and it’s been challenging to keep up with the blog-writing, but here I am with a good news!

Jakarta Vintage will be at Casa by Bravacasa 2015. I feel so honoured and excited to showcase my new collections at this premium living and interior exhibition. For this event, I have come up with special set of chairs, inspired by masculine simplicity so you can definitely expect some leather and dark colours that strengthen the timeless elegance of this collection.

Oh and not only that Jakarta Vintage will be displaying our latest design, but I will also speak CasaTALK on the topic of Remix Furniture on Saturday – this should be fun

So, see you there!

Distressed leather, for maximum relaxation.

THE HAPPY VINTAGE BOOK: BECAUSE HAPPINESS IS MEANT TO BE SHARED!

Having claimed myself as a maximalist when it comes to designing and living, it’s only logical for me to say “YES!” when I was asked if I’d like to write a book. I had heard from friends that writing a book is one of the most rewarding experiences and I couldn’t wait to try it.

Like so many first experiences in life, it was daunting to start working on the book. But thankfully, with supportive friends and ceaseless passion, I can now confirm that writing a book is indeed a very satisfying experience!

So allow me to proudly and happily present my first book, Happy Vintage.
(Watch this short clip from the Happy Vintage Launch Party!)

It’s a book about interior and design, but mind you, it’s neither about the technical nor the historical aspect of interior design. As the title suggests, it’s about happiness and vintage. Happy Vintage is about making a happy space that suits your personality – and how vintage can give you this personal edge.

Well, I can go on with it but that would be defeat the purpose of the book, right?! Get your copy of Happy Vintage in Gramedia and stay happy, stay vintage!

Grab your own happiness and spread the vintage virus!

DIPONEGORO RECLAIMED

Prince Diponegoro, featured on Jakarta Vintage’s signature batman chair.

It’s really been an honour for me to participate in not one, but two (!) exhibitions featuring the 19th century Javanese prince and Indonesian hero, Prince Diponegoro.

Taking the title Diponegoro Reclaimed, my aim is to reignite the legacy of Prince Diponegoro with a modern, artistic, pop-culture twist. In a series of mix-media installation, collage, poster and postcards, I incorporate pre-used items and recycled materials. This is not only to maintain my own green-livin concern, but also to symbolize the passion of Prince Diponegoro in reclaiming and guarding his environment – best of both worlds, no?

But perhaps more importantly, what I’d like to convey in these two exhibitions is the heroic legacy from the late Prince. His principles: conviction, bravery, determination, and loyalty are values that I believe are still relevant today. And it’s important for people of every age, gender, profession, and nationality to be able to strive for these values. Diponegoro doesn’t only belong to the Javanese or to us Indonesians. He is a universal icon!

Do come visit Aku Diponegoro exhibition at Galeri Nasional, from February 6 – March 8!

And if you’re still hungry for more Diponegoro, do come to its parallel event, Prince Diponegoro in Dutch Perspectives from 1800 until Now at Erasmus Huis, from February 12 – March 11!

The Jakarta Vintage’s Diponegoro Reclaimed corner at Galeri Nasional

And here’s our space at the Erasmus Huis!

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!

CHIC VINTAGE IN SEMINYAK

Definitely a must-visit for Instagram darlings and everyone with an eye for vintage beauty and a stomach to fill!

It’s hard to find a flaw in The Bistrot, located just a few steps away from La Favela. Interior-wise, I like everything in this French restaurant. They adopt an industrial vintage appearance with high ceiling and domination of irons, wood and concrete furnishings that look far from shabby (as industrial ‘aesthetic’ tends to be). The Bistrot has a very well-planned interior design, in the sense that everything is neatly put – for example their dining ware set. The juxtaposition of wall décor – from paintings by numbers and photographs, to vintage sewing machine and TV set – adds an artistic polish to the place. Another thing that I like from this place is how they let the candle wax melt and created a beautiful ornament.

And don’t let me start on the chandeliers….

They surely know how to make melted candle wax look far from creepy and instead appears elegant.
I’ve this Berkel Scale in my wish list, if anyone would be kind enough to grant my wish, let me know…
Love theI’ve this Berkel Scale in my wish list, if anyone would be kind enough to grant my wish, let me know… dining set and glassware, I also love their coconut ice cream (not pictured here because I had already finished them!)

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!

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.

Vintage On Weekends

I am happy to share this good news with you: Jakarta Vintage showroom is now open on weekends too! From 10am to 6pm there will always be someone waiting for you at the shop to cater your appetite for cool mid-century chairs and furniture. So just pop in,  my interior designers and  I will be happy to assist you in interior design and decoration need for your home and office. Now you can slot in a friendly visit to the shop at Darmawangsa Square, Basement 47 Kebayoran Baru in your weekend agenda. Thanks to dear friends who has been supporting Jakarta Vintage all this time. Have a nice weekend everyone!