Jakarta Vintage

CASA Indonesia 2017: There’s no limit for Happiness!

Another exciting event that I blissfully honored to be a part of was CASA Indonesia 2017 earlier this June. Casa Indonesia is undoubtedly the most important design event in Indonesia and thus the must visit event for design enthusiasts – and this year it was a huge success!

This year I was exhibiting my design concept on Cook & Design, in which I collaborate with Zen Ceramics, and Suwe Ora Jamu, with the theme “Herbs & Spices”. I presented my wallpaper collection which I used as the backdrop and some spices on the table as a decoration for the people to enjoy the art through their sense of smell as well.

In one booth under BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif), I displayed a picnic chair which I also displayed at Milan Design Week 2017.

Last but not least, a booth at TALA, presenting the unique and fun ‘Mary & Teddy’ porcelain collections.

It was an exciting experience to be a part of this exhibition, chitchatting with like-minded people– really refreshing my mind. I’m looking forward for more events like this in the future.
Of course, I wouldn’t forget to mention, here are some pictures from the event!

TUKANG JANGAN DITINGGAL – My Very Own Exhibition @ Suar Artspace


Another addition to the very artful month of August is… my own exhibition! My very first solo exhibition that is. Thanks to Nin Djani of Suar Artspace for giving me this opportunity. 

Having my own exhibition is a pretty challenging task, yet very intriguing. After extensive “discussions”, I decided to have “Tukang Jangan Ditinggal” as the title and theme of my exhibition. Why Tukang? Because i deal with them on everyday basis…  They are there, they help and they fix my problems…. Yet for many as if they didnt exist. Tukang is a “man of service”.  So I thought to myself, why not put them in the spotlight for once?

For this exhibition, I brought along Pak Tasman. He fixes shoes for a living (tukang sol), and I am one of his devoted customers. Aside from bringing his own tools, he also brought some of his tools and props including the shoes that he has fixed. Other than Pak Tasman, at the end of the exhibition there will be other “Tukangs”, such as permak Levi’s (a guy that fixes jeans) and Patri. It’s like a little marketplace, a one-stop place for you to get your belongings fixed!

And… You have probably noticed by now that I haven’t mentioned any of my Jakarta Vintage items being exhibited… because I didn’t intend to exhibit them 😉 I learned a thing or two about how well my love for vintage items and the profession of tukang correlates along the process of exhibition. We both are not consumptive, we both believe that renewing items and making old items useful again are probably the right thing to do. Which means that we’re both eco-friendly, we don’t throw away things, we just make them new again.

Anyway, my exhibition still runs until September 6th at Suar Artspace, Lebak Bulus. Do drop by and check out the Tukangs! Their work often gets unnoticed, this exhibition is like an ode from me to them, here’s a chance for you to thank them too, Tukang Jangan Ditinggal! 😉

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!

THE HAPPY VINTAGE BOOK: BECAUSE HAPPINESS IS MEANT TO BE SHARED!

Having claimed myself as a maximalist when it comes to designing and living, it’s only logical for me to say “YES!” when I was asked if I’d like to write a book. I had heard from friends that writing a book is one of the most rewarding experiences and I couldn’t wait to try it.

Like so many first experiences in life, it was daunting to start working on the book. But thankfully, with supportive friends and ceaseless passion, I can now confirm that writing a book is indeed a very satisfying experience!

So allow me to proudly and happily present my first book, Happy Vintage.
(Watch this short clip from the Happy Vintage Launch Party!)

It’s a book about interior and design, but mind you, it’s neither about the technical nor the historical aspect of interior design. As the title suggests, it’s about happiness and vintage. Happy Vintage is about making a happy space that suits your personality – and how vintage can give you this personal edge.

Well, I can go on with it but that would be defeat the purpose of the book, right?! Get your copy of Happy Vintage in Gramedia and stay happy, stay vintage!


Grab your own happiness and spread the vintage virus!

LITTLE HONG KONG (AND NO VISA REQUIRED!)

I was in the mood for some cultural trip and an authentic lontong Cap Go Meh last weekend. So, naturally a trip to Glodok was taken. I went to the old Klenteng Dharma Bakti (a must-visit when in the area!) and on the way to the Klenteng I passed through Pasar Petak Sembilan. There I saw and got amused by all the crabs, scallops, and frogs being sold… alive! They even put every four-five frogs together and amazingly these little amphibians stayed still – they didn’t even attempt to jump and escape!

Anyway, after I finished my visit to the Klenteng, I popped into the oldest barbershop in Glodok: Ko Tang, whose charm brought my vintage soul right at home.

And whilst it was bustling and business went on as usual, I was at peace here. It seemed that at Glodok, time stood still and it felt good.

The beauty in tranquility
Smells like peaceful spirit!
A nice haircut makes the man!
Cannot help but wonder how much histories have been made on this chair…
No wonder the seafood here tastes so fresh!
Still so amazed by how still these little frogs are!

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.