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!

10 ARTWORKS I LOVE AT BAZAAR ART 2014

The 6th Bazaar Art Jakarta is back again, now even bigger and bolder. Yes, with hundreds of artworks from 35 galleries, this year’s exhibition includes overseas artists from China, Japan and Korea, among others– aside from local maestros and up and coming artists. All is unique in thier own right but you know i have to pick only 10 in my wish list, based on: would they go with my vintage space/pieces? Here it goes:

Forest Spirit is a little mystical and spiritual painting by Rodel Tapaya.
Export by sculpture artist Redy Rahadian would look good in my workshop. Love it!
Photo arts by New York-based Singaporean photographer and visual artist John Clang caught my attention. The title is self explanatory: Fear of Losing Experience Remembering Strangers.
I am not being political to say that everyone is now longing for new hope , and this is shared by artist Iqi Qoror too. This is one painting you cant miss.
Boy In The Shade of Tree by Chinese rising star Dai Pingjun looks like everyone’s favourite –me including. This painting would find a home in my showroom.
Never mind the title (The Chorus of Autumn Insects), the late bloomer Feng Lumin from China captures sad and happy childhood in oil on canvas.
This painting by Gatot Indrajati reminds me of Kiki Delivery Service, the famous animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. Look at the sewing machine, the piano, the painting — they will fit well in my space.
A collage of paintings from acrylic, charcoal, pencil, ink, marker, wood frame, plastic flower, paper, resin on canvas by Wisnu Auri. I like the way he mixes different paintings and materials. Perfect for the wall in my work space.

10 DESIGNS I LOVE AT CASA 2014


Works by young designers Michelle Nathania and Binus University students — simply awesome.

Last night was an inspiring night as I had a chance to see the latest, the bold and the beautiful from the select architects, product and interior designers, at the most awaited annual event: Casa by Bravacasa Indonesia, at the Ritz Carlton, Jakarta. Here is my wish list based on — would it go with my vintage space/ pieces:

Art deco heyday embraces megamendung. Who would’ve thought. Stunning work by Reza Wahyudi.
Stealing beauties from the challengers: Dhanistha Dyaksa, Harry Anugrah Mawardi, Nurkholis Fattahurrahman, Saphira Zahra and Windah Herliana.
Dark, red and exotic decor by Ghea Lifestyle. Pretty dolls by Benny Adrianto spice up the space.
Ideal mix: vertical garden, solid wood table and those wooden mushrooms! A work by IdeaLiving.
Innovation in style: Swara coffee table cum blue tooth speaker by Karsa looks as cool as it sounds.
Authentic, quirky table lamps by Lampu Runa. So pretty they will brighten up both your space and your mood.
Seasoned interior designer Roland Adam works his magic and he can do no wrong. Just in-fashion and sophisticated.
Upscale urban modern interior by Arini Subianto. Love the red cabinets.

Decorating Number One Agency

This office decoration project was done awhile ago but I only had a chance to take decent pictures recently. This is our very first project so I tried to do it right, a little too “safe” but with plenty of “vintage” touches, of course. Some items should have been done differently, but hey for a maiden project –- I hope it’s not too bad. What do you think? O did I mention that this office belongs to Hakuhodo Jakarta – the number one agency in terms of creativity in Indonesia, and I am not being nice here– Hakuhodo did win the best agency in 2012. So proud to be part of it. Thank you!

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.

Jakarta Post on Jakarta Vintage: Oldie But Goodie

Hi. After over a month of hiatus from the blog and you all — it’s really good to be back. My first note is on an article by The Jakarta Post’s JPlus two weeks ago. The two-page coverage is about my house which according to the paper –I quoted here: “displays the perfect mix of good taste, creativity and vintage obsession”. Wow, such a kind write up by Willy Wilson as well as

gorgeous photos by Fransisca Angela. Check it out at thejakartapost.com andhere.

Behind The Scenes: Vintage At Jakarta Do Art 2014

This is another behind the scenes video shot and edited by Ozi, this time it’s on Jakarta Do Art, an event held at Pondok Indah Mall early this month. I uploaded the video here now — otherwise it becomes “sooo last year”. The video highlights cool arts by talented do-art artists,  products by partners, and a workshop on “decorating with vintage” by Jakarta Vintage, which is supported by Martha Stewart Living Indonesia. So if you missed the event, you can always watch this video anytime. It’s in youtube. Happy watching, and oh Happy New Year!

Behind The Scenes: Xmas Decoration for Dulux Let’s Colour

Jakarta Vintage was back in the most inspiring interior design TV program: Dulux Let’s Color, aired last Sunday at 9am on Metro TV.  This time it’s about …Xmas decoration –on the table, on the wall, and well, overall. It may look simple and easy when you see it– but the preparations are quite intensive, thanks to Jakarta Vintage team: Eleni, Maya, Sigit, and Zai. As you can see in this video –shot and edited by our in-house photographer Ozi– our take on Xmas decoration is…. plenty of deer, no Xmas tree, and …vintage all the way. Ho-ho-ho. Happy watching and wait for the photos and the video in my next postings. Merry Xmas holidays:)