Jakarta Vintage

Behind The Scenes: Color Trends 2014

This is a very late post, I know…but I thought you would want to know how three interior arrangements and decorations are planned, prepared and presented. Yes, this is the Color Trends 2014 behind the scenes video. Enjoy!

Art, Design, Jazz …and Vintage at LocaFore 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:)

Behind The Scene: Photo Shoots of A Vintage Apartment

This is what happens when you have a photogenic space: media loves it! This three bedroom apartment in Thamrin Jakarta Pusat is just that. Last week two interior magazines came there to style, restyle, edit-in, and edit-out to make it more newsworthy and center spread material. At least that’s what I hope — as this space is designed by Jakarta Vintage. Enjoy the video –shot and developed by Fachrurozi or Ozi– and tell me what you think.

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.

Tanah Teduh: 100% Local, 100% Cool

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

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.

10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home 3

Big. Bold. Beautiful. That is my impression when I saw these paintings two days ago at Philo Art Space, Kemang Timur. I love the color composition too, like it’s meant to match with modern space. This is the kind of painting that would turn any space –vintage or not– into a beautiful art gallery. The kind of painting that “owns” any space with confidence and presence. Paintings that “demand” attention and stay in your photographic memory even after you don’t see them anymore. I definitely want them all for my home and my office. Not just ten. Congratulations to Tommy F Awuy the curator and Amalia Ahmad for exhibiting such iconic paintings. And bravo of course to Erizal As the artist for the great works.

Romancing Vintage Jakarta: When The Sky Was Blue…

Yes, this is Jakarta in the 50’s. Amazingly modern and clean.

That book that I found at a secondhand book shop –Tanah Air Kita by N.A. Douwes Dekker– I can’t seem  to get enough of it. It has so many really great photos of Indonesia in the 50’s. For today’s post, however, I only pick photos of Jakarta –or Jacarta according to the book– because based on the photos I think Jakarta as a city looked very modern, and very cultured too, just fantastic. I am not trying to be political but I think whoever wins the governor election today, he better looks at these photos. They are the reminder to all of us that Jakarta was once and can be  a fine city.

Kemayoran, the first international airport. When the sky was blue.


Street hawkers in Glodok. For a second, I thought it was Penang or Singapore.

“A philharmonic orchestra further enriches the city’s cultural life”, says the book. Cant believe it’s Jakarta.

Tanjung Priok. “Real ocean greyhounds like the “Orange” (left) and the “Willem Ruys” (right) find excellent berths in this harbor”. Beautiful and it was not a movie set. 

A modern well-to-do family having dinner. Quality family time. There was no traffic jam back then, of course.

The groom and the bride in western outfit, the rest are comfortable in kebaya.

A white student among locals at the medical college of the University of Indonesia.

A city woman in kebaya at work. Smooth operator.

Vintage and the City

Living in an apartment in the heart of the city is both practical and convenient. And the interior design tends to follow accordingly: modern, clean cut, no clutter, and minimalist. This featured apartment in Senayan however is trying to “tone down” the modernism and minimalism and add some vintage, ethnic and quirky touches in the decoration. Here is another vintage invasion in the modern Jakarta, in the home of a Japanese expat, Mr Akira.

A mid century cabinet, a retro telephone, a vietnamese lacquer bowl, and an abstract painting by Kukuh, all go together in the living room.


The jug and vase are …street contribution to the modern apartment.

A dressmaker’s dummy in Indian traditional vest mixes with the giant painting, darken the overly light flooded bed room.

The desk is another mid century piece. And the chair may not look comfortable but it has an iconic presence.

A poster of 1971 Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange owns the work corner.

Antlers, old books, mini statues of budha, a bowl and a retro analog camera, may not match, but they mix well.

A vintage crystal chandelier and a wing chair, both from the 80’s work alright together.

Hope you enjoy this posting. This time around not too vintageful, i know. Have a restful weekend guys:)