Jakarta Vintage

Taman Puring: In Video

You have known what Taman Puring has to offer–well practically anything and everything, vintage and not so vintage– but you may be clueless on what the place looks like. So three weeks ago my friend Kariim and I cruised the place and shoot it with his 60D camera. The four minute video was shot, developed, edited by Abdul Kariim Risyad–15 years old– and is now ready for you here. O, the cool music in the video — A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys– is his choice too. Hope you like it, I do. Thanks Kariim!

Romancing Vintage Jakarta: When The Sky Was Blue…

Yes, this is Jakarta in the 50’s. Amazingly modern and clean.

That book that I found at a secondhand book shop –Tanah Air Kita by N.A. Douwes Dekker– I can’t seem  to get enough of it. It has so many really great photos of Indonesia in the 50’s. For today’s post, however, I only pick photos of Jakarta –or Jacarta according to the book– because based on the photos I think Jakarta as a city looked very modern, and very cultured too, just fantastic. I am not trying to be political but I think whoever wins the governor election today, he better looks at these photos. They are the reminder to all of us that Jakarta was once and can be  a fine city.

Kemayoran, the first international airport. When the sky was blue.


Street hawkers in Glodok. For a second, I thought it was Penang or Singapore.

“A philharmonic orchestra further enriches the city’s cultural life”, says the book. Cant believe it’s Jakarta.

Tanjung Priok. “Real ocean greyhounds like the “Orange” (left) and the “Willem Ruys” (right) find excellent berths in this harbor”. Beautiful and it was not a movie set. 

A modern well-to-do family having dinner. Quality family time. There was no traffic jam back then, of course.

The groom and the bride in western outfit, the rest are comfortable in kebaya.

A white student among locals at the medical college of the University of Indonesia.

A city woman in kebaya at work. Smooth operator.

Beautiful Heads in Darmawangsa

The good thing about having an office space in a mall is every need is only one minute away. Darmawangsa Square –where my office is based– has three art galleries, one auction house and one museum. So today –after I was released from a tiring, long meeting outside– I visited an art exhibition at Yuz Museum which was presenting the artworks of an international contemporary artist Dadang Christanto.  The painting and installation works are curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong.

Through this exhibition the artist “wishes to invite us to reflect upon…history and memory” that’s why you will see plenty of heads in the museum in the next three months– painted with wayang, dogs, buffalo and other javanese objects. Just beautiful. So beautiful that I felt fresh, inspired, almost forgot about that long meeting.


My Hunting Field 7: Ciputat

Ciputat has for a long time been most famous for furniture shops –there are hundreds of them– specializing in teak and mostly ethnic style. In the past years, however, I have seen more and more mid century furniture being displayed in many shops. One shop owner says that the demand for mod pieces started ten years ago and is getting more popular in the past five years. Anyway, now that i am more experienced and exposed to the process and finishing of furniture, I can tell the replica from the authentic ones, though some pieces are so good that i still have to ask the shop owner to make sure. Here are some photos of the mid century pieces in three shops in Ciputat which I visited yesterday. Have a good Sunday!

I like this style, I say: cool mod.

This mini credenza is so stylish you dont have to put anything on it.

Two lounge chairs, in different style, both from the 50’s and 60’s.

Another credenza, only bigger, same style. Just add TV, and you got style.

Elegant stool with sexy legs and rattan top. You can put it anywhere and mix it with anything. This brings style to any room.

My Hunting Field 6: Mayestik

Everybody knows Pasar Mayestik for what it has to offer, which includes fabric, clothing, food, baking utilities and auto parts. Many like it because the place has that nostalgic aura of the merry old days through different mom and pop shops which sell practically anything. I like all that too, plus the fact that it has –what else– vintage goods. Yes, this is my other hunting ground, in fact the first place to go when I look for antique and vintage chandeliers. There are only two shops specializing in vintage here, plus some other shops that sell vintage looking household goods. It’s good to know that in between food and fabric I can also fulfill my vintage appetite. Have a nice weekend everyone!

This vintage bike is displayed outside the shop.

Some are vintage, some are just vintage looking. Like this this Marocco tea set.


This bike is not for sale, just a prop in a house hold goods shop. The other prop in this shop is a vintage daihatsu domio.

Vintage looking decorative plates. From European style to chinese style, your call.

Look What I Found At The Flea! (Part 2)

My vintage hunting session last week was quite rewarding as I found three cool retro gadgets in the street of Kebayoran Lama flea market. They are portable video recorder Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8, and Chinon 255XL. To be honest I went there to shoot a video, not to look for any particular item. See, this is the good thing about flea market: you never know what you might get when you are flea-marketing. Here are the photos of my latest finds as demonstrated by hipster looking models. If you too have interesting finds, you may want to share them here with me, with photos please. Happy Tuesday!

Photos: Yorens Malonda. Models: Heidi, Yogi, Tezzar.

Pretty Artworks For My Pretty Friends

My Private Garden by Nani Sakri, my favourite. Great as a focal point in a big space. Just pretty. I bet all my friends would want this one too.

Iriantine Karnaya and Nani Sakri get together to present their works in an exhibition called DIALOG KERINDUAN commencing now in the Energy Building, in Sudirman Business District. One is a senior contemporary sculptor, the other one is a seasoned painter — and by the way a famous catwalk model of the 70’s, both highlighting woman as their art object.  In my ten minute visit in the exhibition, I have already spotted some artworks that I think may work in my vintage spaces, or would actually be better for the homes of my good friends Ira, Vera, Uti, Irma, Maribelle, Dwita, Geline, Rima, and Andu. My spontaneous comment on all the artworks is: pretty and beautiful. Congratulations.  Here is my pick:

Another pretty painting by Nani Sakri, Transformation. This painting can transform any room into beauty. Maybe Ira would like it for her home.

I dont know what the artist Iriantine means by “Two Days Before” but I think Andu would like it.Andu, this should be yours.


This iconic sculpture, Go Through, is reminding me of my friend Uti who goes thru ups and downs sound and happy.

Loving, Listening, Ears. Sounds like my friend Vera. Would look good in your bed room, Vera.

A Mother’s Gift 2, just the right gift for Irma, a mother of three beautiful kids.

In Harmony With Nature will sure be in harmony in any room and with anyone, especially with Dwita.

Another “Transformation” for Maribelle who transforms everything into the positive. Her huge house would be more grande with this painting.

High Patience, best describes Rima. Make sure it hangs straight Rims.

Over The Boundaries, this one could be about Geline, who crosses boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines, work and party, day and night….

10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home 2

The artist, Bismar Siagian, calls his work “Bizzare”, I call it “unique”. 

SINS Fine Art Exhibition was held for five days at Guddang Gallery, just a block away from my office. Yet I missed to pay a visit and get myself a little art education. Luckily the day after it was closed down for public, I managed to visit the venue and enjoy the paintings, as –to my advantage– the artists have not come to pick up their works.

Sabila Cakra says “Mom Loves Cat More Than Me #2”, I say the cat looks cute.

Here is my personal choice again based on: would they go with my vintage pieces. Oh by the way all the artists were aged between 18 to 22…What a nice surprise, such nice works created by such fresh minds.  Enjoy the artworks and have a restful weekend!

The painting below (“Envy”) by Sidhi Pradipta would really look good in my meeting room, or above the piano at home. Well, I guess it would look good anywhere.

Freezing Smile by Ahmad Agung Ramadya, this is good to cheer up the creative room.


The painting in the center is another Sidhi’s work called “Wrath”. Funny I feel happy when I see it.

Below is another “Bizzare” work by Bismar Siagian. Again not so bizzare to me. The last three paintings belong to Sabila. And one word from me: wow!

My Hunting Field 4: Jalan Surabaya

Jalan Surabaya is the first and only name came to mind when i started developing my interest in antiques (hmm perhaps “antique-like” is more correct) some five years ago. I must admit hunting antiques and vintage here is very pleasant and convenient as they have everything you can think of in the antique department…Everything is displayed quite nicely, very well organized. Well, it is a foreign tourist destination in the first place, and the most mentioned name when people search for antiques in Jakarta and in fact included in the official map and calendar of the tourism board.

Antique pieces in Jalan Surabaya may be a little pricey and might not be real either, but a friendly smile like this is not hard to find.

However, now that I am accustomed to a more “organic” and chaotic choice such as Taman Puring, I find hunting in Jalan Surabaya a little bit too convenient and less challenging. But if you are a more practical kind of person, this is the place to go. Happy hunting!

My Hunting Field 3: Blok M Square

Yes, this unassuming mall is my other hunting ground which i frequently visit, mostly during my lunch break. Here I can spoil my vintage appetite for old books, vintage comics and secondhand magazines as well as cassettes, CD, turntable, vinyl, poster, and some other stuff such as suitcases. With Jakarta’s unfriendly weather and traffic…

…it’s good to have an option to vintage hunt in an air-conditioned space and with conveniences of a mall. Perhaps this rather fancy place is more suitable for –dare I say– the vintage passionistas  (Maribelle, I love your term!).


Old books, secondhand books and magazines they are all here, no more need to be upset when your friends never return them to you.

Omen, a familiar face in the basement 2, specialising in vintage suitcases, vinyls, cassettes, among others.

So if you are in the neighborhood and crave for a quick bite, drop by at Blok M Square. They have hundreds of eating places, cafes, restaurants, as well as ATM arcade, salon, drugstores, hypermarket, well practically everything. As for me the vintage stuff in the basement is my treat. Happy Tuesday!