Jakarta Vintage

THE JOURNEY OF INDONESIA’S SPICES – JAKARTA VINTAGE STYLE

It’s a bit too late, I know, but a few months back in October, there was a very special exhibition titled “Jalur Rempah”, held at the Museum Nasional and supported by the Jakarta Post. I had the opportunity to join in, I was excited! Especially knowing that the exhibition intends to tell how Indonesia used to capture the world’s attention due to its beauty and its variety of herbs and spices.

How do I take something so important, something so significant in Indonesia’s history and make it into something that we can look back not in anger, not in sadness, but in a delightful way.

From that I decided to combine everything and put something that still shows the beauty of Indonesia and still me. Colorful, bold, vintage, and of course still represents the “Jalur Rempah” of Indonesia. I finally came up with a print, something that I decided to be put on a chair.


The print has pictures of “The Voyagers” and the Herbs and Spices. The voyagers include key figures from across the world that came to Indonesia, such as Vasco Da Gamma (Portugal), Henry Middleton (US), Ferdinand Magellan (Portugal), Cornelis de Houtman (Netherlands), and Jan Huyghen Van Linschoten (Netherlands). Furthermore, the herbs and spices include some of the main herbs and spices that can be found in Indonesia, such as garlic, lime leaves, nutmeg, shallot, red onion, ginger, clove, chili, and turmeric.

The print has pictures of “The Voyagers” and the Herbs and Spices. The voyagers include key figures from across the world that came to Indonesia, such as Vasco Da Gamma (Portugal), Henry Middleton (US), Ferdinand Magellan (Portugal), Cornelis de Houtman (Netherlands), and Jan Huyghen Van Linschoten (Netherlands). Furthermore, the herbs and spices include some of the main herbs and spices that can be found in Indonesia, such as garlic, lime leaves, nutmeg, shallot, red onion, ginger, clove, chili, and turmeric.


To begin with, I already liked the purpose of this exhibition. It gave me a chance to explore.

With that print and the chair that I created, I am hoping that people can remember Indonesia’s history as not something sad and pitiful, but something beautiful. That’s the message that I hope I delivered.

The exhibition ran from 18 October until 25 October 2015. However, it got extended until the 30th! If you haven’t had the chance to see the chair and the prints, just drop by the Jakarta Vintage showroom. Tell me how you like the artwork!

WHEN THE ADDAMS FAMILY MEETS ALICE IN WONDERLAND

When it comes to art and culture, we all know that Bali is always one step ahead or two from Jakarta. So when I stepped into La Favela in Seminyak – whose name is already an effort for my Sundanese tongue to pronounce – I instantly fell in love! Obviously, the hardcore vintage décor caught my eyes. With such dark, shabby interior and whimsical furbishing, it was almost as if you entered the house of The Addams Family after they’d adopted Alice from Wonderland. And I meant it to be a compliment.

Every corner and inch in La Favela is occupied – even the ceilings! Moreover, you can tell that they’re using 100% reused, recycled, and repurposed materials in the entire two-storey restaurant. In addition, there’s a strong Hispano-American Catholicism vibe through the installation of altars, candles, and Saint figurines. La Favela is definitely the place to go for a quick escape or a nice rendezvous!

Vintage On Weekends

I am happy to share this good news with you: Jakarta Vintage showroom is now open on weekends too! From 10am to 6pm there will always be someone waiting for you at the shop to cater your appetite for cool mid-century chairs and furniture. So just pop in,  my interior designers and  I will be happy to assist you in interior design and decoration need for your home and office. Now you can slot in a friendly visit to the shop at Darmawangsa Square, Basement 47 Kebayoran Baru in your weekend agenda. Thanks to dear friends who has been supporting Jakarta Vintage all this time. Have a nice weekend everyone!

Indonesia Vintage Week in Video

Hi. This is the sneak peek video of the Indonesia Vintage Week held March 27-30 at the Street Gallery Pondok Indah Jakarta. For those who managed to visit, thank you so much. For dear friends who helped and participated in the event, thank you very much. For those who for some reasons missed the event, well, maybe next year. Hopefully. Have a good week ahead everyone.

Art, Craft, Design and …Vintage at Jakarta DoArt

I dont know about you, but I think the creative energy is blowing quite strongly lately….In the past few weeks Jakarta’s hipsters, young at heart, art lovers and design junkies have witnessed some happening events in the city such as  the uber cool Bright Spot, the stylish Pasar Disain 2014, and the artful Jakarta Biennale and SEA Triennale 2013. And there are more to come, I believe. Jakarta DoArt is one. This event is a mix of art, craft and design market and exhibition, taking place at the Street Gallery of Pondok Indah Mall on Nov 28 – Dec 1, 2013. Initiated and organized by a movement called Doinc/ Do Art (www.doinc.org and www.DoArtProject.com) Jakarta DoArt believes that art is for everyone and therefor it has to be attainable by everyone, which perhaps in the form of tote bag, pillow, tumbler, and other interior items. Jakarta Vintage — along with other brands such as 2Madison, ArtMediumStore and others–  supports this event 100% by participating in the event, in the market side. As for the exhibition, Darbotz, Indieguerillas, Dhayank Pambayun, and other artists will display their iconic works in a way that Pondok Indah Mall regulars have never seen. Do come.

Ping Pong & Vintage At Pong Me Cafe

When was the last time you play ping pong? Exactly. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Perhaps that’s the reason why this cafe was open — ping pong is everybody’s favorite sport yet nobody plays it anymore. Pong Me cafe may look like any other cafe from the outside — no, may I correct it: with that ping pong neon signage in front it’s very obvious  — and when you get inside, it’s even more obvious that ping pong takes the center stage.  Though it actually has more to offer. The interior design that is so fun, a bit glam, done by talented Mr Stanley Marcellius. The murals that are iconic, witty and playful by Sanchia Hamidjaja. The instagram wall that is unique and “path-able”. And the Scandinavian vintage chairs and sofa that are so…Jakarta Vintage. O yes, all the lounge chairs here are by Jakarta Vintage, including the dining chairs and two chesterfields in the VIP room. So now for those who want to mix coffee, pizza and sport together — all in style , this is the place to go. And whoever says cafe is only for drink, eat and chat, he’s never been to Pong Me – Ping Pong Lounge. Photos by & taken from Pong Me Facebook fan 

Reuse Art At Alun Alun Indonesia

How do you celebrate the Independence Day? For my friends Prita & Nova from Artmedium and Raya & Aryo from Rep Insula, it is an art affair, as they celebrate it by organizing an art exhibition called Suara Indonesia, at Alun Alun Indonesia. Through this event Prita and friends want to show that beautiful art can come from reuse and recycled items, such as polaroid cameras. Some art you can wear –such as T-shirts– and some others you can sit on it –such as chairs, well, Jakarta Vintage chairs to be precise. These vintage chairs below –all in recycled fabrics — will be displayed –and for sale- are just a good example of what Prita and friends believe that reuse art is beautiful. See you at the event (open on Aug 23, closed on Sept 9, 2013).

10 Designs That I Love at Bazaar Art/Casa 2013

The Indonesian version of Milan Design Week  — that is Bazaar Art/ Casa 2013—was back last week. This time around I was really intrigued by the works of young designers who made it to the final of The Design Challenge 2013.  I think their works are awesome. Just look at the works here. They are exactly what this event wanted to achieve: unity of art and design. One chair is inspired by Rumah Gadang, another chair is very Mickey Mouse. Or that two seater in yellow fabric by Mariska Adriana and that slim side table by Zanun, they are all fresh and unique. I love them all. What do you think?

Jakarta Vintage At Martha Stewart’s Rumah Inspirasi (Part 2)

The sharing and meeting session with around 50 vintage enthusiasts  at Rumah Inspirasi finally took place, on a pouring Saturday. I got many interesting questions from the audience such as: how to decor a small apartment with vintage items? how to take care of old vinyls?who is your favorite vintage singer? and: what is the cheapest vintage item that I ever bought? The last one is a bit tough because … I have plenty of answers. That Vietnamese lady ceramic doll…I got it at USD 1. The handsome Samsonite briefcase in camel was only Rp 35K –now the similar item can hardly be found and if any at all, it would cost seven times the price. Well, putting that aside, I am glad that through this talk show I can share what vintage can do to us all –and trust me it’s all good: it’s stylish and unique, it’s affordable (o yes, compared to antiques, that is), it’s environment friendly (because no new energy produced), it makes you creative (mixing it with current items can be a challenge for many people), and did I say it’s cool too? Now I want to thank the team at Martha Stewart Living Indonesia who gave me the chance to share those messages and to the participants who came to get inspired, to inspire and stayed till the end. Have a fun week ahead!