Jakarta Vintage

STYLE & SUBSTANCE : BACK TO THE 20s WITH AN ART DECO EXPERIENCE

Hello!  I’m back again with something fresh and new.  feels great to be blogging again…

Lately I held an event about my latest collection which is called ‘Style & Substance’. It’s a collection with a touch of modern contemporary art deco design inspired by the life of Nitisemito from a book called ‘Sang Raja’ By Iksaka Banu. This book tells a story about Nitisemito being a successful entrepreneur from Kudus, Central Java. With a fiery passion for interior design and architecture as well as some brilliant joie de vivre frame of mind. Nitisemito’s persona was alluring and timeless… an authentic personification of what it means to have ‘Style & Substance’. This event was held on the 18th of December 2017 at ‘Samsara Indonesian Cuisine’.

Quite a lot of people showed up at the event, even more than I expected, and it made me really happy that everyone enjoyed the event. We had dinner, chit chatted, talked about the book, there was even a photo booth set up for people to take pictures in the installation and we all had so much fun. Not to mention the talented musician who made the ambience extra ordinary. It was surely a great evening…

There were a couple of merchandise that were distributed to the guests before they head home, some of which including a scarf for women and a handkerchief for men. These merchandise were specially designed for this event as a part of the collection.

Overall the event turned out to be a blast and I’d surely make more events for my upcoming collection. To top it all off, here are some pictures taken from the event…

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!

SAME OLD BRAND NEW IN YOGYAKARTA

Even after countless visits, this special region is one of the places that never cease to inspire me. During my last trip, I decided to explore the hidden treasures of Yogyakarta and I found it in Pakualaman, at the residence of a friend. Since he is an antique collector as well as an art director, it shouldn’t be a surprise that his home will possess a very personal, unique aesthetic. Nevertheless, I was very impressed by this house, even before I stepped a foot inside! It’s actually a newly built house but all the materials are antiques and/or vintage:the door and window frames, even the pillars! And when “advance technology” is added, like the Cap Kunci floor tiles, the vintage-ness of its design is ensured. It’s hard to choose which piece of furniture is my favourite, … because I like everything!

Corner perfection…
Behind these closed doors… is a homey palace.
Cannot decide my favourite piece in this particular ensemble!
…and yet another corner perfection!
A lovely touch with the bell and the glass lamp!

CHIC VINTAGE IN SEMINYAK


Definitely a must-visit for Instagram darlings and everyone with an eye for vintage beauty and a stomach to fill!

It’s hard to find a flaw in The Bistrot, located just a few steps away from La Favela. Interior-wise, I like everything in this French restaurant. They adopt an industrial vintage appearance with high ceiling and domination of irons, wood and concrete furnishings that look far from shabby (as industrial ‘aesthetic’ tends to be). The Bistrot has a very well-planned interior design, in the sense that everything is neatly put – for example their dining ware set. The juxtaposition of wall décor – from paintings by numbers and photographs, to vintage sewing machine and TV set – adds an artistic polish to the place. Another thing that I like from this place is how they let the candle wax melt and created a beautiful ornament.

And don’t let me start on the chandeliers….

They surely know how to make melted candle wax look far from creepy and instead appears elegant.
I’ve this Berkel Scale in my wish list, if anyone would be kind enough to grant my wish, let me know…
Love theI’ve this Berkel Scale in my wish list, if anyone would be kind enough to grant my wish, let me know… dining set and glassware, I also love their coconut ice cream (not pictured here because I had already finished them!)

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 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.

Finding Kimono & Vintage Shops in Kyoto (Part 2)

So you have seen what Rogers vintage shop in Kyoto has to offer. So where did my search of my kimono end? It was in Chicago, at Teramachi shopping arcade, just few shops away from Rogers. Here are i saw sea of used and vintage kimonos — for kids, boys, girls, married women, men, yutaka, along with the belts and other accessories. I spent like one and half hour looking for the “it “komono for my client and I hope the time worth spent. Check out the photos below. The other photos were taken in the first kimono shop that I went to. It’s called Mimoro, on the top list in the google search. The collection here is endless. I was overwhelmed as all the kimonos are “gorgeous, more than kawaii” as the PR lady put it. There is no kimono that I didnt like in the shop but unfortunately my budget was a bit tight, so I had to leave the shop with the hope that I found one with the right price.