Jakarta Vintage

INTRODUCING MARY & TEDDY COLLECTION

Last March I launched Mary & Teddy fine porcelain designer tableware collection– a creative collaboration between me and Sango Ceramics, the largest ceramic company in Indonesia. I designed the prints and Sango applied them on their ceramics, that’s how we collaborate.

Mary&Teddy design is inspired by the ceramic dolls that I found at Pasar Cikapundung, Bandung and Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta. I also made a story about it, it’s called Reclaiming the Fun. A little girl named Mary who loves playing the piano, but got distracted by a pony named Teddy! After all Mary is just a little girl who wants to have fun. Mary&Teddy collection was launched at the MOZAIK Indonesia Exhibition early in March. To complete the collection I made Mary&Teddy chair collection too.
If you didn’t get the chance to check them out, here are the photos! Also drop by our showroom since the chairs and the ceramics are available at our showroom.

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!

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!

My Hunting Field 7: Ciputat

Ciputat has for a long time been most famous for furniture shops –there are hundreds of them– specializing in teak and mostly ethnic style. In the past years, however, I have seen more and more mid century furniture being displayed in many shops. One shop owner says that the demand for mod pieces started ten years ago and is getting more popular in the past five years. Anyway, now that i am more experienced and exposed to the process and finishing of furniture, I can tell the replica from the authentic ones, though some pieces are so good that i still have to ask the shop owner to make sure. Here are some photos of the mid century pieces in three shops in Ciputat which I visited yesterday. Have a good Sunday!

I like this style, I say: cool mod.

This mini credenza is so stylish you dont have to put anything on it.

Two lounge chairs, in different style, both from the 50’s and 60’s.

Another credenza, only bigger, same style. Just add TV, and you got style.

Elegant stool with sexy legs and rattan top. You can put it anywhere and mix it with anything. This brings style to any room.