The video clip of Jakarta Vintage’s talk show at Rumah Inspirasi two weeks ago is just out in youtube. Thanks to Ozi the one man show guy who did everything for the video –shooting, directing, and editing. For those who wanted to get the look and feel of the event, have a look at this video.
Last Thursday Martha Stewart Living Indonesia launched Rumah Inspirasi at Grand Indonesia, 5th floor skybridge. Rumah Inspirasi is a home – a real home, with everything inside: kitchen, living room, bed room, even a powder room– built by the magazine to house the best that a home can make. Anything from handcraft, cooking, decoration, art and culture will be displayed and discussed here by and with the experts. And I am so proud that Jakarta Vintage will be part of it. On Jan 8 at 3-5pm –-Saturday afternoon– Jakarta Vintage will share and chat with around 30-50 audience on “vintage hunting and decorating with vintage”. You are all invited. See you there.
Indonesian vintage models — have you ever wondered how they look? Well, it’s actually easy to check them out in google image or youtube, or maybe in those old photo albums in the garage. As for me, I have these Varia magazines, 60’s edition –which I found in Blok M Square two weeks ago. Looking at the cover models on the magazine that was popular until the late 70’s, I can’t help but comparing them with today’s famous faces such as Dian Sastro and Julia Perez which covered Clara magazine a while ago. One is more natural looking, camera shy and motherly….and the other one is more sophisticated, confident and polished. Is it so? One thing for sure, those Indonesian women, vintage or not, are all beautiful. D’accord?
Tapestry, there was time –perhaps between 70’s and 80’s– when every home in Indonesia had it. Framed as hanging decoration, or used as tablecloth, or even as dress. Yes, that was the time when every mother, grand mother, auntie and sister make tapestry as a hobby. And funnily they make almost the same patterns — lady by the window, gentlemen riding horse, lady weaving, and so on. How uniformed! Here are some tapestry decoration which I found randomly in Kebayoran Lama, Taman Puring, and Jalan Riau Bandung. Even more beautiful now that we hardly see it anymore, no?
Have you visited a palace to enjoy the beauty of it and then seen the not-so-pretty picture behind it? I have, in my latest visit to Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or Keraton Yogyakarta. After two hours and so enjoying and admiring the Keraton collections, I had a chance to see “the un-palace”. I was referring to the houses behind the palace which belonged to the relatives of the Sultan. During two hour “unauthorized” tour in and out some houses in the palace complex, I had mixed feelings and plenty of questions, I trust you might have too, just by looking at those pictures. Putting that aside though, I must say it was actually as fun and inspiring inspecting authentic and historical antiques and vintages in spite of their poor condition. Have a nice weekend everyone!
Finding flea markets has been my #1 thing to do in almost every city I visit. Including and especially in Beijing where the biggest flea market in Asia is located, that is Panjiayuan flea market. Here there are about 3,000 registered sellers waiting for you every weekend, offering anything and everything. From opium scales, old pipes, Mao and Buddha statues, paper lanterns, jades, ceramics, calligraphy, to painting and… oh the list is so long that I wonder: is there anything that they don’t sell. The big number of sellers and categories of stuff sold in Panjiayuan represents and reminds me of China as a country of many wonders. Yup, everything in this country deserves to be put in the record book. Time.com puts this flea market at #7 of things to do in Beijing, and tripadvisor.com ranks it at #18 as a shopping destination. For Jakarta Vintage, it’s obviously #1…well, no, maybe #2, after the Great Wall of China which is also a must visit. By the way, from this place I took home with me some Cultural Revolution memorabilia like plates and statues of Mao. So predictable, I know, but in my defense those items can hardly be found here in Jakarta or anywhere else outside China.
Finding flea markets in Tokyo is surprisingly not as difficult. All the info about it is humongous and just a google away. Keeping up with the schedule is however a different matter. Most of them open every weekend, some others open on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of every month, one opens only on the 18th and 28th of every month, and so on. The good thing about it though is practically every weekend you have one or two flea markets to go. So during my brief visit last month I managed to visit two of them. The first one was right in Shinjuku, about 7 minute walk from the station. Just like most flea markets in Japan, Hana Zuno flea market is also located in a temple called …Hana-Zuno. Kimono, old coins and dolls are a common view in this flea market. The old glass painting of a Japanese lady in her kimono that you see below, I got it from here. The second flea market is at Arai Yakushi, a little more difficult to find, but it is worth the hassle because in terms of quantity and quality, this place is obviously better. Here antique martavans, imari plates, china and ceramics make me go gaga. Unfortunately they are not the kind of items I would buy in a flea market, besides it’s a bit risky carrying those fragile ceramics in a long flight. So I ended up getting nothing except those photos and a good impression how well the Japanese preserves, manages, and organizes these flea markets, they become not only a tourist destination but also a tradition. Have a good week ahead everyone!
Aside from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogja and Solo, Bogor is the place to go for vintage hunting. The most famous one is Ciawi, where a shopping complex of antiques and antique-likes is located, pretty much like Jalan Surabaya. But for those who feel demotivated already by the idea of going to Puncak area –like me–, fortunately there are other options. Right in the middle of this chaotic city –between Taman Topi and Pasar Anyar, there are two or three small thrifty shops offering anything from vintage type writers to antique Chinese ceramics. To my surprise, the ceramic collection of one shop is quite good. There are also other places to go in Bogor for those who fancy mid century furniture pieces, all scattered between Jalan Semeru, Cilendek, Semplak and Parung. So when you are in Bogor –the city of angkots–, you can actually stay positive by visiting those places. And stay vintage, of course.
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.
Jakarta Vintage home and chair collection are out in Martha Stewart Living March 2013 edition and I hope it’s OK that I am proud and loud. Who wouldn’t, considering that almost all the stuff in the house –from furniture to decorative– is either vintage, antique, recycled or pre-loved. And they all get to the cover story of the respectful magazine. And they look gorgeous too, even better than the real things. I am happy that the magazine appreciates and shares my conviction that you don’t have to break your bank to have a stylish home. It’s all about being creative and appreciative with whatever you have in your home and surrounding. The turn table that was broken for ages, the rotten rattan sofa in the garage, the outdated fabrics, they all can be fixed and used and refreshed. The many furniture shops and flea markets in our neighborhood, they can be our resources and inspirations. Again, I am happy and proud because Martha (and her creative team) agrees and approves.