Jakarta Vintage

Life – 2024

Hey! Back again with me, and of course I have something interesting to share with you guys.

Lately we have been moving our showroom from Darmawangsa Square to Jalan Benda, Kemang. On Saturday 22nd of September, we held an event here at our new showroom called ‘Life 2024What life in 2024 would be like in the minds and hands of 11 artists’ This exhibition is a collaboration with One Comm Indonesia, Yayasan Bina Kreatif Indonesia and Suar – Art space. This event exhibits 10 paintings that tell a story about how our life will be in 2024.

These paintings are curated by a good friend of mine, Nin Djani, and the artists are, Aisha Hanna, Arris Aprillo, Aqil Prabowo, Atreyu Moniaga, Evan Aditya, Garisinau, Ika Vantiani x Feransis, Lala Bohang, Mahendra Nazar & Sarkodit. In fact, these paintings are actually going to be exhibited until 22nd of October so if you’re curious about it, feel free to check out our showroom.

The event was a total success, everybody had so much fun and all of my friends enjoyed the exhibition. Almost all of my close friends attended the event and that gave the event a personal touch, and it was also a great platform for everybody to get to know someone knew.

At the end of the event, everybody gets a poster which has one of the artist’s paintings on it, and is picked up randomly so it’s kind of like a surprise who gets which artwork. I would like to say thank you to all the sponsors which are Formica, Mowilex, Teka Parquet & Cosentino which enhances the look of our showroom. Now you can enjoy some pictures from the event. See you next time!

Hey! Back again with me, and of course I have something interesting to share with you guys.

Lately we have been moving our showroom from Darmawangsa Square to Jalan Benda, Kemang. On Saturday 22nd of September, we held an event here at our new showroom called ‘Life 2024What life in 2024 would be like in the minds and hands of 11 artists’ This exhibition is a collaboration with One Comm Indonesia, Yayasan Bina Kreatif Indonesia and Suar – Art space. This event exhibits 10 paintings that tells a story about how our life will in 2024.

These paintings are curated by a good friend of mine, Nin Djani, and the artists are, Aisha Hanna, Arris Aprillo, Aqil Prabowo, Atreyu Moniaga, Evan Aditya, Garisinau, Ika Vantiani x Feransis, Lala Bohang, Mahendra Nazar & Sarkodit. In fact, these paintings are actually going to be exhibited until 22nd of October so if you’re curious about it, feel free to check out our showroom.

The event was a total success, everybody had so much fun and all of my friends enjoyed the exhibition. Almost all of my close friends attended the event and that gave the event a personal touch, and it was also a great platform for everybody to get to know someone knew.

At the end of the event, everybody gets a poster which has one of the artist’s paintings on it, and is picked up randomly so it’s kind of like a surprise who gets which artwork. I would like to say thank you to all the sponsors which are Formica, Mowilex, Teka Parquet & Cosentino which help contribute to our showroom. Now you can enjoy some pictures from the event. See you next time!

STYLE & SUBSTANCE: Exhibition at IDentities booth, Salone del Mobile

Exhibiting — for the second time — in the world’s most important fair that is Salone del Mobile in Milan makes me honored and super proud. Along with 26 Indonesian designers, I was chosen to exhibit my work in IDentities booth at Rho Fiera Milan, Italy, from 17 until 22 April 2018. This time around I was exhibiting Style and Substance — a limited edition fine porcelain tableware collection. The concept is inspired by the creative and visionary Nitisemito, the King of Kretek from the 1920’s. The design is a combination of the authentic art deco style and local motifs and objects with a touch of geometric and symmetrical designs as well as the color selection of gold, black and white, making it exclusive, premium and lux. 
Indonesia is rich in culture and tradition that I am proud of. It has always been my mission to tell a story — an Indonesian perspective— through the design and products that I create. This collection is exactly about that. For the world to know and appreciate the design that is made and inspired by Indonesiana . for the foreigners to get to know and appreciate the design that is inspired and made by Indonesians. A special thanks to Bekraf for this opportunity. Viva Indonesian design.

CASA Indonesia 2017: There’s no limit for Happiness!

Another exciting event that I blissfully honored to be a part of was CASA Indonesia 2017 earlier this June. Casa Indonesia is undoubtedly the most important design event in Indonesia and thus the must visit event for design enthusiasts – and this year it was a huge success!

This year I was exhibiting my design concept on Cook & Design, in which I collaborate with Zen Ceramics, and Suwe Ora Jamu, with the theme “Herbs & Spices”. I presented my wallpaper collection which I used as the backdrop and some spices on the table as a decoration for the people to enjoy the art through their sense of smell as well.

In one booth under BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif), I displayed a picnic chair which I also displayed at Milan Design Week 2017.

Last but not least, a booth at TALA, presenting the unique and fun ‘Mary & Teddy’ porcelain collections.

It was an exciting experience to be a part of this exhibition, chitchatting with like-minded people– really refreshing my mind. I’m looking forward for more events like this in the future.
Of course, I wouldn’t forget to mention, here are some pictures from the event!

AN AFTERNOON IN PRAWIROTAMAN


Welcome to Prawirotaman!

Perhaps the first thing that pops in mind when you hear the name “Jalan Prawirotaman” in Yogya is backpackers, but did you know that it’s also home to antique stores?

The thing about vintage hunting in Prawirotaman is that you’ll need strong legs that can take you from corner to corner since the stores are scattered between houses, cafes, restaurants, and hotels along the street. Well, of course to put it into a positive light, whenever you’re tired from all those walking you can always drop by, sit back and have some coffee in one of the cafes!

Anyway, you can expect to find statuettes and sculptures made of wood, stones, copper and Javanese/Madurese/ethnic furniture. You can also find useful remnants from old houses such as window sills, door frames, doors, windows, credenzas, and pillars – if you’re building a house and in need of some vintage, ethnic touch, then I’d highly recommend you to hunt in this area.

Yogyakarta’s Jalan Prawirotaman is home to lots of vintage treasures, but I hope one day they can be more organised just like Solo’s Pasar Triwindu and Jakarta’s Jalan Surabaya.

Ethnic chic findings
You all know how I feel about antlers so I don’t need to elaborate more on these two…
Like like like!

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!

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!)