What happens when Basuki Ahok Purnama –the daring and outspoken Vice Governor of Jakarta–, Raditya Dika –Indonesia’s funniest man since Bing Slamet– and Anis Baswedan –the man behind the breakthrough Indonesia Mengajar– meet and share their wisdom? It’s called IdeaFest 2013. This creative business conference will take place on Sep 27-28 at Jakarta Convention Center and over 1,000 people are expected to attend 20 conferences and workshops which will also feature Rene Suhardono, Andy F Noya, Wishnutama and some other authoritative names in creativity. I am definitely so coming to this event –not only because I will be sharing my piece of mind in a workshop titled: “Fresh Antiquity: From Hobby To Business “– but also because I don’t want to miss a chance to meet with and get inspired by Indonesia’s most creative leaders. Where else will I find an event where comedy, politics, creativity, innovation, business and vintage meet ? For more details, click here http://www.fgdexpo.com/ideafest See you at IdeaFest 2013.
The arty, jazzy and stylish event in Bandung — LocaFore — is coming again this weekend in Kota Baru Parahyangan, Bandung. The three day event will feature 45 artists and 40 local labels, and around 30,000 people are expected to attend this event. And Jakarta Vintage is proud to be part of it –so, hello Bandung. See you this weekend:)
For my best friend Lucy, Indonesia is her second home. How can it not be, she has lived and worked in Indonesia for 17 years, during which she has travelled to practically every part of the archipelago. Her love for this country is obvious. Her home housed the best ethnic furniture from Java and Madura. She collects batiks and Indonesian handicraft too. So what could be the best treat for her in her last days in Jakarta? A vintage tour, of course. Just three days before she left the country for good, Lucy along with Laurel, Sigit, Ika and I went to Gedung Filateli in Pasar Baru for a vintage hunting. Yes, inside the museum, there is a “philately market” where old stamps, letters, photos and documents are for sale. Lucy who has a soft spot for old ads bought a folder of Indonesian press ads from the 1930’s which she shared with me. She came out from that place with a big smile, so did I. I was happy especially because I managed to spend time together with her in her last days in Jakarta, and I hope that this vintage hunting is among the best moments that she will remember. Today is the fourth of July and with this posting I can’t think of a better way to wish my American friend Lucy Mize a Happy Independence Day. Thank you for the good time and see you soon.
Last week I went to Tanah Teduh, in Jati Padang, Pejaten, and felt so proud to be an Indonesian. How can I not? Tanah Teduh is a complex of 20 houses built by leading Indonesian architects with a strong commitment to environment and local materials. So in two hectares of land, no tree-felling was allowed, ponds retained for water processing and catchment and, natural light and air flow optimized to reduce electricity consumption. Cool. And all Indonesian-made materials are taking a center stage here, indoor and outdoor. The interior of the show unit for example, is an exhibition of fine Indonesian furniture — all vintage from the 60’s and 70’s. This is where my vintage-obsessed mind goes ecstatic, naturally. I totally agree with Ronald Akili, the founder of this project who says: “I hope Tanah Teduh will be a source of inspiration and a project that Indonesia could be proud of.” Bravo architects Andra Matin, Wendy Djuhara, Anthony Liu, Yori Antar, Adi Purnomo, Ahmad Djuhara, Eko Prawoto, Ferry Ridwan, Tan Tik Lam, and Zenin Adrian who made it happen. So last week I was proud and impressed by my fellow Indonesians. I am sure you would be too. Sources: tanahteduh.com and doinc.org
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.
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!