Jakarta Vintage

10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home

Nowadays everyone seems to be obsessed with going global and the whole globalization thing….except Ika Vantiani, Muhammad Taufiq (Emte), and Rukmunal Hakim. The three artists are proofing that local is the way to go. And it can be cool too. Or dark. Or playful and beautiful. I am talking here about their art works which are now being exhibited at Eastern Promise Pub & Restaurant in Kemang under the theme: LOKALISASI. Ika is known for her vintage styled, paper-based collage, while Emte and Rukmunal are illustrators with strong local flavor in their works. Through their works dare I say that local is the new global, perhaps? I dont know, but now with over 30 pieces of arts that they are exhibiting, I wonder which one I would bring home to fill my vintage space. Maybe the ones I feature here?:


Finding Vintage in Kemang

Is it just me and my vintage-oriented eyes or is vintage suddenly everywhere you go in Jakarta? Well, maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just in Kemang. Well maybe it’s just in those two places that I recently visited: Common People Eatery & Bar and Cafe Mondo, both in Kemang. Offering different kind of cuisines, they have one thing in common: both offering vintage feel and ambience in their interior. While Mondo goes vintage all the way– I would say Indonesian vintage, Common People uses vintage-inspired pieces quite lightly and …uncommonly– a bit industrial, dark and modern.  Look at the pictures here. Both I like. Viva vintage.

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.

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 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.

Vintage Fair At Kemang

Yesterday was a fun day for vintage passionistas especially for those who had a chance to visit Vintage Fair held by tokove in Kemang Selatan, and I was lucky I was one of them. I got there around 4.30 when the weather was just nice. It was also nice to see some familiar faces especially among the sellers, who own shops in Taman Puring, Kebayoran Lama and Blok M Square. As for the items being offered, which includes vinyls, books, comics, posters, CD and cassettes, I saw some other interesting pieces which I don’t see that often: toys, calendar and ads. What amazed me though is how these passionista fellows get and gather that old pieces and keep them so neatly almost in original condition. I guess it’s passion, no? Here are the photos of yesterday event. Happy Monday!


Koes Plus, Guruh Gipsy and Badai Pasti Berlalu are among legends in Indonesia music industry, and the most sought after in the vintage community.

You can touch, read, try and it’s OK if you don’t buy, Cool.


I like those two vintage clocks i the left. Very stylish.

Again, nice clock and that portable radio. Oh that white sliding bag, did it once belong to Garuda Indonesia’s stewardess? Don’t know.

These cameras I am sure are from the 80’s. I think I had one… though I never –not in a million years– thought that they would be cool looking like this three decades later.

Old calendars. Someone has been very clever to keep them then and sell them now as vintage items. They make a quirky touch in the interior.

Vintage ads. Look at that Kijang ad. I know Kijang is the most popular vehicle of all time here, but …what were we really thinking?

Famous names and faces from the 70’s: Bob Tutupoli, Tetty kadi, and Pattie Bersaudara. Forty years later they are still kicking and singing. That is cool vintage!

Wow, rare movie poster of Indonesia’s famous hero, Si Buta Dari Gua Hantu. 70’s and 80’s were the most productive era in Indonesia’s movie industry.

Vintage toys on a vintage tin plate. Cool!

Poster of a local cigar brand. The head line literally says: smoked by all nations. Humble or over-claimed, i don’t know. Oh, the photo underneath is Michael Jackson’s, not Diana Ross.

New Madame in Kemang

Neo Madame restaurant in Kemang, was just recently opened to serve creative, authentic javanese food and beverage in bold, daring colors of interior with a little touch of gothic cum baroc feel. Menu includes chicken, duck and –errr bird, plus old movies. Open everyday except Mondays. Enjoy!

Vintage At Work

Vintage works! That’s what this office has proven. These are photos of an advertising agency in Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. Is this modern or vintage, or both? Doesn’t matter. It just looks cool. The creative department with custom made hanging lamps as the focal point. The rack is vintage. Piggy bank painted in white goes along with the hands. Piggy bank painted in white goes along with the hands. Vintage folded chair found in Ciputat with cushion by Melissa Sunjaya of MyTulisan Meeting room with vintage french crystal chandelier, and retro gordyn as the backdrop. A swedish style cupboard takes the center stage in the reception area. A retro looking Magno radio with a vintage clock that doesn’t really work, but they look nice together. A custom made chandelier in the meeting room is made of root beer bottles in Semarang. The crystal is from Mayestik. A royal like chair in purple faux leather and a vintage mirror salvaged in Semarang. The tin plate in between is a street find in Kebayoran Lama. A provence styled chair is a steal from a Ciruendeu vintage shop. The seat cover is an Ikea. There is always a room for Marlyn Monroe, even at this office. A sexy find in Kebayoran Lama.