Jakarta Vintage

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.

Martha Stewart Goes Vintage

Jakarta Vintage home and chair collection are out in Martha Stewart Living March 2013 edition and I hope it’s OK that I am proud and loud. Who wouldn’t, considering that almost all the stuff  in the house –from furniture to decorative– is either vintage, antique, recycled or pre-loved. And they all get to the cover story of the respectful magazine. And they look gorgeous too, even better than the real things. I am happy that the magazine appreciates and shares my conviction that you don’t have to break your bank to have a stylish home. It’s all about being creative and appreciative with whatever you have in your home and surrounding. The turn table that was broken for ages, the rotten rattan sofa in the garage, the outdated fabrics, they all can be fixed and used and refreshed. The many furniture shops and flea markets in our neighborhood, they can be our resources and inspirations. Again, I am happy and proud because Martha (and her creative team) agrees and approves.

Vintage Houses: Keep Calm and Stay Vintage

To me there are houses and there are homes. You know the difference. Then there are these houses. I have seen houses like these in Menteng, Kebayoran Baru, and in Bandung, Bogor, Medan, Malang, and Yogjakarta. They are not too big, not too small either, nor they come in dashing…

colors. They are not  overly ornamented and definitely not minimalist. They are just right. I don’t know about you but there is a sense of peacefulness, calmness and ‘homeyness’ when i see these houses. Is it the design, the location, or I am just being nostalgic and childish. I just hope they stay this way for long amid the invasion of impersonal mass-clusivity. Have your say and share with me.  PEACE

This house has a huge green space, most likely owned by a VIP during the 50’s.

Porch in the front — a typical house in the 50’s and 60’s.


The use of natural materials such as stones painted in black and white calls for a nostalgic feeling.

Green on green, very nice. Look at the little details in the window and wall.

Even the garage looks iconic with sculptural window and top.

Simple and unpretentious style.

Note: Thanks to Anindita for sharing her view on these vintage houses. All houses are located in Yogjakarta, the owners have no idea their beautiful houses were shot and featured here. Apologies and thanks. Keep them vintage.