Jakarta Vintage

Door To Door In Laweyan Solo

In Solo, the question on which places to visit for a vintage passionista like me is a predictable matter. Pasar Triwindu, Kraton Surakarta and Mangkunegaran, Pasar Klewer, and Kampung Batik Laweyan. That’s where I went to the last time I was there four years ago. And last week too. At both time I had a good time. At Laweyan I was supposed to hunt for batiks, but these doors stole my attention. I had no choice, I had to take pictures and blog about them here. Laweyan batiks, they are too famous already. But these doors and the vintage houses where they belong to, are worth a look. Just look.

Vintage Goes Hip & Hot

Jakarta Vintage is in the press again. This time around it’s in Home & Decor Indonesia. In its December edition, the stylish magazine covered our first event that is the Retro & Beyond  Vintage Auction held in Kemang Village last November under “What’s Hot” page. With the headline “Vintage Goes Hip”,  the overall article sounds very kind and supportive. Of course, who wouldn’t? As quoted there: not only vintage is cool, it’s good to the earth too. So go get it for a good read.

My Hunting Field 8: Jatinegara

I have for a long time heard about Jatinegara as a flea market spot, but only weeks ago I had a chance to see it myself, thanks to my friend Mbak Tuti who insisted that the place is a must visit for vintage junkies like me. She was right. Like any other flea market, the place offers random items, from camera and painting, to practically anything and everything, and  yes, junks are inclusive. Jatinegara flea market is bigger than Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring, thus it offers more items. Not necessarily better though. But somehow I was lucky to go home with a green ice thermos and some vintage kain ulos. This is the thing with going to a flea market, you dont know what you are going to get and you end up buying things you dont even think you need or want. Happy New Year to all my friends, hope next year is another great year for everyone.

Colorful Vintage Home

Vintage can be bright and colorful too, that’s what this house is trying to achieve through colorful vintage items in the interior. Sofa in recycled flowery fabrics, chairs in colorful faux leathers, paintings in dashing colors, et cetera. This video clip is one segment in a Dulux sponsored TV program “Lets Colour” aired at 9am on Sundays on Metro TV. By the way the house belongs to Jakarta Vintage. Hope you like it too.

Vintage A la Priayi

Vintage as we know it can be slightly different from a Javanese point of view. Look at  this house in Yogja, which to me looks like a priyayi house, if you know what I mean. Every single thing in the house is either antique or vintage –all in fine condition– and of course with a strong Javanese touch. According to Sigit, the owner, who is not a priyayi by the way –he is actually a banker based in Jakarta–  it is important that things in the house are kept in one theme, in harmony with each other and in order. Typical Javanese philosophy. And somehow it works just fine. This home is just beautiful. PS: Priyayi as Clifford Greetz put it: is the traditional aristocratic class of the elites in traditional Javanese society.

Staying Vintage At Hotel Sumaryo

When you are in Yogja, and you are in the mood for vintage spotting, this hotel is worth inspecting: Hotel Sumaryo at Jalan Prawirotaman. I was there few weeks ago, for maybe fifteen minutes, just enough to take pictures and appreciate the vintage design of the hotel. The hotel is actually a big house converted by the owner –The Sumaryos– into a modest bed and breakfast place. What is most interesting is that they keep the house at its original design of the 60’s and 70’s for the guests and a vintage junkie like me to enjoy and appreciate. So you may not stay in the hotel, but for sure the hotel will stay vintage whether or not you stay there. Have a vintageful weekend to you all.

Little detail like this and you know you are in the 60’s-70’s space.
The view from outside, as if an invitation to the 60’s.
The Sumaryos, the owner of the hotel who live in the back area of the hotel.

Vintage For Auction in Kemang (Part 4): The Bidding

The Retro & Beyond Vintage Auction moment finally took place at the Lippo Mall Kemang Village, on November 10, 2012. This is the first event as well as the launch event of Jakarta Vintage. I would like to thank you all for participating in the event and making it memorable. For those who missed the auction –and the action, have a look at this video, shot and edited by Dimaz. Looking forward to seeing you in the next events. Have a vintageful day:)

Vintage For Auction in Kemang (Part 3): The Viewing

Jakarta Vintage’s first event –Retro & Beyond Vintage Auction– is just around the corner. Yes, the auction will take place on November 10 at Lippo Mall Kemang Village at 2pm. The viewing of the items being auctioned has started since Nov 7 at the venue. For those who believe “seeing is believing” and the catalog can never do justice you better go and see the exhibition. Here are some pictures for your preview. O I should mention that this event is part of JakFringe International Festival initiated by Berita Satu. Visit http://jakfringe.beritasatu.com/ for details. See you there and have a vintageful weekend.

Vintage for Auction in Kemang (Part 2): Behind The Scene

together in a nice way is –as it turned out– not an easy job. We did some trials and errors, but the result is –I must say– worth the sweat. The items look much nicer in pictures –ooops– well I guess that’s what you get when a photographer (Ricky), a stylist (Veve), a vintage junkie (Sigit) and an ad man (that’s me) work together and shine. Enjoy the video (shot and edited by Dimas) and have a nice long weekend:)

Vintage for Auction in Kemang (Part 1)

Vintage lovers, another great event is coming to you, this November 10 at Lippo Kemang Village. It is called Retro & Beyond Vintage Auction, organized by the famous Sidharta Auctioneer in collaboration with –who else– Jakarta Vintage. Yes, this is Jakarta Vintage’s first event. And yes, this is an auction. What’s for auction? Well, from Scandinavian styled furniture –as seen in the photos below– to gadgets from the 70’s such as tape recorder, transistor radio and typewriter. There will be over 90 items for auction. Some are Jakarta Vintage collection, and some belong to dear friends who believe in the goodness of vintage. So if you are a true vintage passionista, mark your calendar: Nov 7-10 for viewing, Nov 10 at 1pm for the auction, and make yourself available for the most happening event in Jakarta, be it as a bidder or just a vintage spectator. Visit sidhartaauctioneer.com for details.


Scandinavian styled sofa in fresh new fabrics and that retro blouse are for auction. So are the artworks of Ika Vantiani on the wall.