Jakarta Vintage

FUTURE VINTAGE : Auction with Sidharta Auctioneer

Hi! Super excited to tell you that I became a curator in Sidharta Auctioneer’s first auction in 2020.
What I am offering in this auction is: art, design and vintage in the form of painting, photography,
chair, porcelain tableware, and other items.

Firstly, I am proud to present to you Jakarta Vintage chairs in collaboration with talented young artists
Mabelle Emeralda and Evan Aditya. They are authentic vintage chairs, made of old teakwood, which
are renovated and refurbished in canvas fabric with modern contemporary artworks by the two
artists. Aside from that, there are also limited edition of fine porcelain tableware collection designed by
me and Jakarta Vintage, as well as some old Chinese glass painted mirrors, and hand illustration
prints taken from old magazine/ newspaper. All these items are for those who want to present
personal style and character in their living space as they are unique décor items.
And for those gentlemen who want to bring out that sartorial style and appreciate fine things in life, we
have vintage men’s watches by luxury brands such as Omega and Rolex as well as more affordable
brands such as Oris, Seiko, Bulova, and Enicar to offer.

Last but not least is our collaboration with the Atreyu Moniaga Project (AMP) which presents
photography works by Atreyu Moniaga himself and contemporary arts by Evan Aditya, Karin
Josephine, Ray Lidya, and Robby Garsia. AMP is an artist management company founded in 2013 by
Atreyu focusing on promoting and managing young artists – mostly illustrators & photographers.

To sum up, may I share personal thought on art: "There is only one credo: choose the ones that make
you happy when you look at it". Happy bidding!

 

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!

Finding Kimono & Vintage Shops in Kyoto (Part 2)

So you have seen what Rogers vintage shop in Kyoto has to offer. So where did my search of my kimono end? It was in Chicago, at Teramachi shopping arcade, just few shops away from Rogers. Here are i saw sea of used and vintage kimonos — for kids, boys, girls, married women, men, yutaka, along with the belts and other accessories. I spent like one and half hour looking for the “it “komono for my client and I hope the time worth spent. Check out the photos below. The other photos were taken in the first kimono shop that I went to. It’s called Mimoro, on the top list in the google search. The collection here is endless. I was overwhelmed as all the kimonos are “gorgeous, more than kawaii” as the PR lady put it. There is no kimono that I didnt like in the shop but unfortunately my budget was a bit tight, so I had to leave the shop with the hope that I found one with the right price.

Finding Kimono and Vintage Shops in Kyoto (Part 1)

I came to Tokyo and Kyoto with two missions. First and foremost is to have a year end holiday with my family — of course– and that I suppose should be easy as everywhere I go it’s all unique and beautiful. The second mission though is to find a vintage kimono for my decoration project. This is — as it turned out– a bit tricky. There are some shops selling used and vintage kimonos in Nippori Tokyo and the price is within reach — but the kimonos are not exactly what I was looking for, and there is one shop in Kyoto that has unbelievably gorgeous kimonos but the price is just not good for my budget. Such a dilemma. Thanks to Google and my daughter Caca, at the end I found this shop –Chicago, a funny name I think– just right in Teramachi shopping arcade, Kyoto, where used, vintage and old kimonos are abundant, within my budget. Phiew. And the other good thing with this shop is…a few shops next to it there was  another vintage shop called Rogers. The shop is specializing in vintage fashion and clothing, but hey if you keep your eyes wide open there are other stuff beyond clothing too, such as vintage tin signage, lamps, radio, and …chairs! Here are the photos of this Rogers shop. Photos of kimonos will follow in the next posting (Part 2). Hope you enjoy them.

Finding Vintage and Flea Market in Montreal

Montreal — for those who want to be a little more educated, civilized and cultured, this is the place to be. As Canada’s cultural capital, the city has so much to offer in the art, culture and design departments. Including of course when it comes to vintage and flea market. So when I was there, I made sure I educated myself by going to see antiques and vintage a la Montrealaises. For antiques, Notre-Dame Street is the place to go. And for vintage and flea market, I went to St Michel. There are many other places for sure, but for a busy tourist like me– those two places did just fine. In St Michel I managed to secure some acquisitions…Oh shall I tell you that the prices here are not more expensive than Jalan Surabaya or Pasar Triwindu. Interesting, no? And like in any other flea market, you will meet the same friendly and happy faces, especially when you are being genuine. Here are some photos of St Michel flea market for your vintage-oriented eyes only. Happy Tuesday!

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 handicraft too. So what could be the best treat for her in her last days in Jakarta? A vintage tour, of course. Just three days before she left the country for good, Lucy along with Laurel, Sigit, Ika and I went to Gedung Filateli in Pasar Baru for a vintage hunting. Yes, inside the museum, there is a “philately market” where old stamps, letters, photos and documents are for sale. Lucy who has a soft spot for old ads bought a folder of Indonesian press ads from the 1930’s which she shared with me. She came out from that place with a big smile, so did I. I was happy especially because I managed to spend time together with her in her last days in Jakarta, and I hope that this vintage hunting is among the best moments that she will remember. Today is the fourth of July and with this posting I can’t think of a better way to wish my American friend Lucy Mize a Happy Independence Day. Thank you for the good time and see you soon.

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 riding horse, lady weaving, and so on. How uniformed! Here are some tapestry decoration which I found randomly in Kebayoran Lama, Taman Puring, and Jalan Riau Bandung. Even more beautiful now that we hardly see it anymore, no?


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, paper lanterns, jades, ceramics, calligraphy, to painting and… oh the list is so long that I wonder: is there anything that they don’t sell. The big number of sellers and categories of stuff sold in Panjiayuan represents and reminds me of China as a country of many wonders. Yup, everything in this country deserves to be put in the record book. Time.com puts this flea market at #7 of things to do in Beijing, and tripadvisor.com ranks it at #18 as a shopping destination. For Jakarta Vintage, it’s obviously #1…well, no, maybe #2, after the Great Wall of China which is also a must visit. By the way, from this place I took home with me some Cultural Revolution memorabilia like plates and statues of Mao. So predictable, I know, but in my defense those items can hardly be found here in Jakarta or anywhere else outside China.


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 month, and so on. The good thing about it though is practically every weekend you have one or two flea markets to go. So during my brief visit last month I managed to visit two of them. The first one was right in Shinjuku, about 7 minute walk from the station. Just like most flea markets in Japan, Hana Zuno flea market is also located in a temple called …Hana-Zuno. Kimono, old coins and dolls are a common view in this flea market. The old glass painting of a Japanese lady in her kimono that you see below, I got it from here. The second flea market is at Arai Yakushi, a little more difficult to find, but it is worth the hassle because in terms of quantity and quality, this place is obviously better. Here antique martavans, imari plates, china and ceramics make me go gaga. Unfortunately they are not the kind of items I would buy in a flea market, besides it’s a bit risky carrying those fragile ceramics in a long flight. So I ended up getting nothing except those photos and a good impression how well the Japanese preserves, manages, and organizes these flea markets, they become not only a tourist destination but also a tradition. Have a good week ahead everyone!

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 in the middle of this chaotic city –between Taman Topi and Pasar Anyar, there are two or three small thrifty shops offering anything from vintage type writers to antique Chinese ceramics. To my surprise, the ceramic collection of one shop is quite good. There are also other places to go in Bogor for those who fancy mid century furniture pieces, all scattered between Jalan Semeru, Cilendek, Semplak and Parung. So when you are in Bogor –the city of angkots–, you can actually stay positive by visiting those places. And stay vintage, of course.

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