Jakarta Vintage

Vintage and The City 2: Home & Decor

Remember my posting in June titled “Vintage and The City” which highlighted an apartment in Senayan? Last month the Home & Decor magazine –with the tagline: stylish living made easy– visited the apartment and shot it for its August edition. So last week I bought a copy of the magazine, and when I flipped pages 68-75, it looks –shall i say it– more beautiful than the real thing. But of course. The photographer –Erwin Panjaitan– is a pro, so is the stylist, Stephani F Halim. Here are the photos from my iPhone. The title of the article is “Prudent Treasures”, but I would call it “Vintage Invasion In Modern Apartment”. What do you think? O by the way the space interior design is by me

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!

Vintage Spotting in The Weekend

Working over the weekend is not exactly my idea of a fun weekend. No one’s idea. Until i filled it with vintage encounters. This is my way of being positive in otherwise an annoying weekend: in between work, i managed to do some vintage spotting and tried to switch off for a while.

First at a super fancy restaurant in Kuningan, followed by a visit at a modern apartment in Senayan, then at a clothing outlet at FX, and ending up in a food court in Gandaria City. Here are some photos of my weekend — which when I look at them again, I forgot what a boring weekend it could become have I had not managed to do vintage spotting and stayed positive. .

In a corner at one of the most happening restaurants in town, Otel Lobby in Kuningan, this pretty poor deer is hung on the wall. Adding drama to the dark interior design of the restaurant. While many people may find it a bit  scary or intimidating, i find it “vintageful” and beautiful. Approved.

The interior of Eat and Eat food court in Gandaria City capitalizes in old doors in fading color. Taking you to the good old days somewhere in the past.


At Rock Inc Indonesia at FX. They sell t-shirts and stuff. The clocks are just a nice decoration.

Vintage props at Rock Inc Indonesia, not typical approach for a cloth shop, but it works!

Look forward and stay vintage:)

Vintage At Work

Vintage works! That’s what this office has proven. These are photos of an advertising agency in Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. Is this modern or vintage, or both? Doesn’t matter. It just looks cool. The creative department with custom made hanging lamps as the focal point. The rack is vintage. Piggy bank painted in white goes along with the hands. Piggy bank painted in white goes along with the hands. Vintage folded chair found in Ciputat with cushion by Melissa Sunjaya of MyTulisan Meeting room with vintage french crystal chandelier, and retro gordyn as the backdrop. A swedish style cupboard takes the center stage in the reception area. A retro looking Magno radio with a vintage clock that doesn’t really work, but they look nice together. A custom made chandelier in the meeting room is made of root beer bottles in Semarang. The crystal is from Mayestik. A royal like chair in purple faux leather and a vintage mirror salvaged in Semarang. The tin plate in between is a street find in Kebayoran Lama. A provence styled chair is a steal from a Ciruendeu vintage shop. The seat cover is an Ikea. There is always a room for Marlyn Monroe, even at this office. A sexy find in Kebayoran Lama.