Jakarta Vintage

Raja Room — art deco contemporary

Hi all, better late than never– so I just want to share this one project that completed in Dec 2017. It was a small project called Raja Room, at Samsara Indonesian Cuisine, Jakarta. The task was to convert one little dining corner in the restaurant into a private room with a feel of a “gentlemen’s club” yet it should be flexible and wholesome enough to be used for (non-gentlemen) private gatherings. This space was projected to be able an independent and separate from the main restaurant.

THE CONCEPT: An artdeco inspired space with a contemporary twist and Indonesian/Javanese touch. The main inspiration came from the life and life style of Mr Nitisemito, a successful Indonesian entrepreneur from Kudus, Central Java who owned a cigarettes company back in 1930’s who was later known as Raja Kretek (King of Cloves). His fiery passion for interior design and architecture was shown in his art deco styled mansion which still exists in Kudus until now. The idea was to bring back his design spirit and present it in the project in a contemporary and relevant style. Hence we named the space Raja Room.

THE RESULT: A space that is cozy, serene, classic yet modern and eclectic. A contemporary take of the art deco style. The choice of dominating Oxford blue wood panel was meant to deliver the message. As the art deco identity is retained in the use of gold colour in the artwork, furniture and wall decoration. The style of the chair and sofa resembles the art deco style — only simplified. The gold plated metal arm chair, sofa and all wall decoration are exclusively custom made including the fine porcelain plates. An artwork of Sang Raja himself was displayed as a tribute as well as an artwork of his mansion. A fine handmade batik was hang to finish the look. what do you think?

Beautiful Heads in Darmawangsa

The good thing about having an office space in a mall is every need is only one minute away. Darmawangsa Square –where my office is based– has three art galleries, one auction house and one museum. So today –after I was released from a tiring, long meeting outside– I visited an art exhibition at Yuz Museum which was presenting the artworks of an international contemporary artist Dadang Christanto.  The painting and installation works are curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong.

Through this exhibition the artist “wishes to invite us to reflect upon…history and memory” that’s why you will see plenty of heads in the museum in the next three months– painted with wayang, dogs, buffalo and other javanese objects. Just beautiful. So beautiful that I felt fresh, inspired, almost forgot about that long meeting.


Pretty Artworks For My Pretty Friends

My Private Garden by Nani Sakri, my favourite. Great as a focal point in a big space. Just pretty. I bet all my friends would want this one too.

Iriantine Karnaya and Nani Sakri get together to present their works in an exhibition called DIALOG KERINDUAN commencing now in the Energy Building, in Sudirman Business District. One is a senior contemporary sculptor, the other one is a seasoned painter — and by the way a famous catwalk model of the 70’s, both highlighting woman as their art object.  In my ten minute visit in the exhibition, I have already spotted some artworks that I think may work in my vintage spaces, or would actually be better for the homes of my good friends Ira, Vera, Uti, Irma, Maribelle, Dwita, Geline, Rima, and Andu. My spontaneous comment on all the artworks is: pretty and beautiful. Congratulations.  Here is my pick:

Another pretty painting by Nani Sakri, Transformation. This painting can transform any room into beauty. Maybe Ira would like it for her home.

I dont know what the artist Iriantine means by “Two Days Before” but I think Andu would like it.Andu, this should be yours.


This iconic sculpture, Go Through, is reminding me of my friend Uti who goes thru ups and downs sound and happy.

Loving, Listening, Ears. Sounds like my friend Vera. Would look good in your bed room, Vera.

A Mother’s Gift 2, just the right gift for Irma, a mother of three beautiful kids.

In Harmony With Nature will sure be in harmony in any room and with anyone, especially with Dwita.

Another “Transformation” for Maribelle who transforms everything into the positive. Her huge house would be more grande with this painting.

High Patience, best describes Rima. Make sure it hangs straight Rims.

Over The Boundaries, this one could be about Geline, who crosses boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines, work and party, day and night….