Jakarta Vintage

My Hunting Field 8: Jatinegara

I have for a long time heard about Jatinegara as a flea market spot, but only weeks ago I had a chance to see it myself, thanks to my friend Mbak Tuti who insisted that the place is a must visit for vintage junkies like me. She was right. Like any other flea market, the place offers random items, from camera and painting, to practically anything and everything, and  yes, junks are inclusive. Jatinegara flea market is bigger than Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring, thus it offers more items. Not necessarily better though. But somehow I was lucky to go home with a green ice thermos and some vintage kain ulos. This is the thing with going to a flea market, you dont know what you are going to get and you end up buying things you dont even think you need or want. Happy New Year to all my friends, hope next year is another great year for everyone.

Finding Vintage In Ramadhan: Rawkmadhan

Vintage hunting during fasting month can be quite a challenge as most hunting places are outdoor and just too hot for this fasting body. So for a chance it was really nice to visit a full-air-conditioned vintage fair held by demajors as part of an event called Rawkmadhan, in Gandaria last week. This fair focused on vinyls, CD, cassettes, and some music instruments, plus of course vintage comics, magazines, ads, toys and other items such as cameras and suitcases. Some of the vendors and the vintage fellows are familiar faces, some others are cool hipsters who are now becoming vintage junkies. As usual, in spite of coming there in a rush I somehow managed to secure some cool vinyls from Ridwan, a flip clock from Ferdy, and a red President suitcase from Omen. This is the good thing about fair or bazaar: the stuff is more well-selected, so we can make a quick decision. By the way, aside from this record fair, Rawkmadhan also presented talk show, music performance and exhibitions. What a cool way to kill time during Ramadhan. Thanks for the iniative Adhi Djimar and friends. Look forward to more cool event next time.

Taman Puring: In Video

You have known what Taman Puring has to offer–well practically anything and everything, vintage and not so vintage– but you may be clueless on what the place looks like. So three weeks ago my friend Kariim and I cruised the place and shoot it with his 60D camera. The four minute video was shot, developed, edited by Abdul Kariim Risyad–15 years old– and is now ready for you here. O, the cool music in the video — A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys– is his choice too. Hope you like it, I do. Thanks Kariim!

Vintage and the City

Living in an apartment in the heart of the city is both practical and convenient. And the interior design tends to follow accordingly: modern, clean cut, no clutter, and minimalist. This featured apartment in Senayan however is trying to “tone down” the modernism and minimalism and add some vintage, ethnic and quirky touches in the decoration. Here is another vintage invasion in the modern Jakarta, in the home of a Japanese expat, Mr Akira.

A mid century cabinet, a retro telephone, a vietnamese lacquer bowl, and an abstract painting by Kukuh, all go together in the living room.


The jug and vase are …street contribution to the modern apartment.

A dressmaker’s dummy in Indian traditional vest mixes with the giant painting, darken the overly light flooded bed room.

The desk is another mid century piece. And the chair may not look comfortable but it has an iconic presence.

A poster of 1971 Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange owns the work corner.

Antlers, old books, mini statues of budha, a bowl and a retro analog camera, may not match, but they mix well.

A vintage crystal chandelier and a wing chair, both from the 80’s work alright together.

Hope you enjoy this posting. This time around not too vintageful, i know. Have a restful weekend guys:)

The Objects of My Affection 2

Here is my vintage collection which i display at home. They are flea market and street finds from Taman Puring, Kebayoran Lama, Jalan Surabaya, Semarang, Saigon, Beijing and Tokyo. I am not into  collecting any particular objects, i just collect what i like when i spot it. Practically random. I was too sometimes confused and therefore made lots of bad judgement –i still do though, flea market situation can be overwhelming you know– but eventually i develop my own taste and interest, so I only take pieces that i think can work with other stuff.

Suitcases from 70’s which i now use for work. Good for laptop as it protects alright.


A framed chinese caligraphy which i don’t bother to understand, and Burung Garuda Pancasila made of tin standing cool in my home. Found in Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring respectively.

A vinyl album of my favorite vintage band Bimbo: Indonesia Antik.

It’s Kodak. Not Polaroid. The camera is in good condition, unfortunately there is no way i can get the film.

One plays piano, one plays tennis. Both girls are pretty ceramic dolls. Collected from two different places: Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring.

My favorite painting by number. Inspired by the famous Lee Man Fong painting, I guess. Found in a sunday flea market in Kemang.

A collage of my vintage collection on my work desk.

Well, now you know what my fetish is. Tell me what yours is and share it with me here. Have a vintageful weekend!

Finding Vintage at Brightspot

I am glad I made time to visit the most happening event in the creative fashion calendar in Indonesia: the 8th Brightspot Market (“a curated market of things cool”) in Gandaria City last weekend. And I am glad too that vintage is part of it. Yes, vintage presence can be seen everywhere here. Here are some photos of vintage products, look and feel from Brightspot point of view.


From 5000 visitors in the first event three years ago to over 55,000 passionate followers in the last event, Brightspot has made a spot among the hipster generation

First aid medicine cupboard made from antique wall clock, painted in bright colors. By Retreau


No, these are not Katty Perry’s first vinyl album. Just a nice vintage decoration.

Uber cool vintage prop at a shoe booth.

Mid century furniture is never outdated, especially such an authentic rack with multicolor HPL like this one.  By Retreau.

Singer made a come back, as a cool prop in a jeans and T-shirt corner called Cheap Monday.

Old books. Old telephone. And it’s not a Mad Men setting.

Simple vintage style illustration on a brown bag. by Sillahome.

Wood tray with vintage style painting. Sillahome.

Polaroid cameras in super colors. They are so cool you don’t want to shoot with it. The camera costs around one million rupiah and a box of film costs almost three hundred thousand, that’s why. At Tokopolaroid.

Vintage style watch from Sweden with wood toy car as a backdrop. Daniel Wellington.

Display of black and white framed photos. New photos, just vintage looking.

This is the first booth you would see when you enter the hall. A lounge chair. Modern with vintage feel.