Jakarta Vintage

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!

Vintage at Work (2): Moving Around While Fasting

Lebaran is around the corner and it’s time to refresh your wardrobe (in 1-2 new batiks, out 10-25 o-so-yesterday outfits) and your home (by repainting it white –like million homes do). As for me, I refreshed my office by moving around the furniture to get that fresh new look. The coffee table in the reception area moved to the meeting room. The book rack divider now was put against the wall. And what did I get? The same old vintage look. Only new and fresh. And I am ready for Lebaran already. I should try this more often, so should you. Just a little advice: please dont do it in the morning, you may end up exhausted and breaking your fast …faster. Happy fasting everyone. PS: Click here if you want to see the original look of the office.

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!

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.

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!

Vintage Houses: Keep Calm and Stay Vintage

To me there are houses and there are homes. You know the difference. Then there are these houses. I have seen houses like these in Menteng, Kebayoran Baru, and in Bandung, Bogor, Medan, Malang, and Yogjakarta. They are not too big, not too small either, nor they come in dashing…

colors. They are not  overly ornamented and definitely not minimalist. They are just right. I don’t know about you but there is a sense of peacefulness, calmness and ‘homeyness’ when i see these houses. Is it the design, the location, or I am just being nostalgic and childish. I just hope they stay this way for long amid the invasion of impersonal mass-clusivity. Have your say and share with me.  PEACE

This house has a huge green space, most likely owned by a VIP during the 50’s.

Porch in the front — a typical house in the 50’s and 60’s.


The use of natural materials such as stones painted in black and white calls for a nostalgic feeling.

Green on green, very nice. Look at the little details in the window and wall.

Even the garage looks iconic with sculptural window and top.

Simple and unpretentious style.

Note: Thanks to Anindita for sharing her view on these vintage houses. All houses are located in Yogjakarta, the owners have no idea their beautiful houses were shot and featured here. Apologies and thanks. Keep them vintage.

Vintage At Work (Part 2): In Video

How vintage blends with people and gadgets at work as seen in our first posting can now be seen more in this video. A cut from the Dulux Lets Color program on Metro TV broadcast in April 2012. Enjoy and be inspired.