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!

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!

Jakarta Post on Jakarta Vintage: Oldie But Goodie

Hi. After over a month of hiatus from the blog and you all — it’s really good to be back. My first note is on an article by The Jakarta Post’s JPlus two weeks ago. The two-page coverage is about my house which according to the paper –I quoted here: “displays the perfect mix of good taste, creativity and vintage obsession”. Wow, such a kind write up by Willy Wilson as well as

gorgeous photos by Fransisca Angela. Check it out at thejakartapost.com andhere.

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.

Beautiful Vintage Chairs at Hotel Kosenda

Vintage hunting or spotting – I normally do it on the weekend. But that Thursday night I went to Hotel Kosenda, a new boutique hotel in Jakarta to unwind, and boy how I had a vintage-tic time. This hotel is like a candy store to me. Every single thing there is vintage at its best. Just superb mid-century pieces. Especially the chairs and the sofas! They are so… I am speechless, practically kneeling down on the floor. According to the owner, Pak Ruben Kosenda, all the chairs and sofas are original, authentic pieces, obviously not the kind of chairs you would find in the flea markets or so-called antique shops. Just premium, first class chairs– and they look it! And the good news is: They are not there just for the show, they are there for the guests to actually sit on it. With awesome chairs like these, now you can go to the hotel not to sleep, you can just have a coffee, take a bite and sit. Happy Monday!

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).

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.

Antiques and Vintage Behind The Palace

Have you visited a palace to enjoy the beauty of it and then seen the not-so-pretty picture behind it? I have, in my latest visit to Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or Keraton Yogyakarta. After two hours and so enjoying and admiring the Keraton collections, I had a chance to see “the un-palace”. I was referring to the houses behind the palace which belonged to the relatives of the Sultan. During two hour “unauthorized” tour in and out some houses in the palace complex, I had mixed feelings and plenty of questions, I trust you might have too, just by looking at those pictures.  Putting that aside though, I must say it was actually as fun and inspiring inspecting authentic and historical antiques and vintages in spite of their poor condition. Have a nice weekend everyone!


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!