Jakarta Vintage

My Hunting Field 1: Taman Puring

My first encounter with Taman Puring began five years ago when i was into collecting cassettes of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s pop music. Back then I never really noticed what other stuff this place has to offer. Until i met my best friend Ika last year–– who introduced me and literally took me to the place. (She is herself an Etsy artist, a copy writer, a junker and a picker. Look for her shop vantiani at etsy.com)

Eventually i know that this place is not just selling vintage stuff but also secondhand goods, antiques and practically  anything and everything. Once i saw a used rice cooker being offered among others.

There are two main areas of Taman Puring flea market : the inside, and the outside. In the inside you will find about six permanent shops —mostly specializing in old paintings and chandeliers. While the more fun area is actually located outside, under the tree, on the sidewalk.  Here they sell smaller items such as plates, cups, vases, jewelleries, and as I said : anything and everything. As you can see in the photos here.


Oh there is  actually another area, which is in the second floor of Pasar Taman Puring where all shops specialize on cassettes, CD, laser disc, and vinyls. But that will be featured later.

For those who don’t know where Taman Puring is, please ask Mr Google. If he happens to be inavailable, here is the clue : it is located between Pasar Mayestik and Gandaria. In Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan.

Vintage Spotting in The Weekend

Working over the weekend is not exactly my idea of a fun weekend. No one’s idea. Until i filled it with vintage encounters. This is my way of being positive in otherwise an annoying weekend: in between work, i managed to do some vintage spotting and tried to switch off for a while.

First at a super fancy restaurant in Kuningan, followed by a visit at a modern apartment in Senayan, then at a clothing outlet at FX, and ending up in a food court in Gandaria City. Here are some photos of my weekend — which when I look at them again, I forgot what a boring weekend it could become have I had not managed to do vintage spotting and stayed positive. .

In a corner at one of the most happening restaurants in town, Otel Lobby in Kuningan, this pretty poor deer is hung on the wall. Adding drama to the dark interior design of the restaurant. While many people may find it a bit  scary or intimidating, i find it “vintageful” and beautiful. Approved.

The interior of Eat and Eat food court in Gandaria City capitalizes in old doors in fading color. Taking you to the good old days somewhere in the past.


At Rock Inc Indonesia at FX. They sell t-shirts and stuff. The clocks are just a nice decoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage props at Rock Inc Indonesia, not typical approach for a cloth shop, but it works!

Look forward and stay vintage:)

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.

 


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.

Finding Vintage at Brightspot

I am glad I made time to visit the most happening event in the creative fashion calendar in Indonesia: the 8th Brightspot Market (“a curated market of things cool”) in Gandaria City last weekend. And I am glad too that vintage is part of it. Yes, vintage presence can be seen everywhere here. Here are some photos of vintage products, look and feel from Brightspot point of view.

From 5000 visitors in the first event three years ago to over 55,000 passionate followers in the last event, Brightspot has made a spot among the hipster generation

First aid medicine cupboard made from antique wall clock, painted in bright colors. By Retreau


No, these are not Katty Perry’s first vinyl album. Just a nice vintage decoration.

Uber cool vintage prop at a shoe booth.

Mid century furniture is never outdated, especially such an authentic rack with multicolor HPL like this one.  By Retreau.

Singer made a come back, as a cool prop in a jeans and T-shirt corner called Cheap Monday.

Old books. Old telephone. And it’s not a Mad Men setting.

Simple vintage style illustration on a brown bag. by Sillahome.

Wood tray with vintage style painting. Sillahome.

Polaroid cameras in super colors. They are so cool you don’t want to shoot with it. The camera costs around one million rupiah and a box of film costs almost three hundred thousand, that’s why. At Tokopolaroid.

Vintage style watch from Sweden with wood toy car as a backdrop. Daniel Wellington.

Display of black and white framed photos. New photos, just vintage looking.

This is the first booth you would see when you enter the hall. A lounge chair. Modern with vintage feel.

The Objects of My Affection

Whether you get it as a gift from parents or friends, or you found it in the flea market, collecting vintage –or stocking? —  is always fun and addictive. It seems there is always an excuse to hunt for more, and there are always rooms for new finds.

Well, i am speaking for myself obviously. Anyway, the nice thing about vintage is that every piece tells a story, and you always wonder who was the owner before and why it ended up in the thrift shop such beautiful pieces. Here are some vintage stuff that i have gained from many different sources.

This Garrara turntable comes with an AM/MW radio, or the other way around. Officially belongs to my parents but looks more appropriate in my home, so I would always say it’s mine.

Pretty ceramic fruit bowl, from my mother.


Painting by number, maybe millions of painting like this produced in the 60’s and 70’s and I love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A street find, in Taman Puring. I am not sure if it’s vintage though. It just looks vintage and beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone from Kebayoran Lama, made-in-Brazil Torpedo typewriter and hands ceramics from Bogor, Saigon girl from Saigon, and Mao the great leader from Beijing. A peaceful co-existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A signboard made of tin, found in a thrift shop in Kamakura, Tokyo. It says….let me check again what it really says. But for sure a signboard like this i have craved for years. So it doesn’t matter what it’s written.

 

 

 

 

 

No, this is not Leica by Hermes. Though i would like to think so as it looks as good. Contessa, made in German. A good find from an old camera shop in Kebayoran Lama. Click!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This camera is broken inside out. Got it for Rp.15K. Not bad for a prop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage looking chandelier found in Taman Puring. Just perfect for my son’s bed room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower power on enamel plates. Good for eyes and the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photogenic and good looking bicycle found in Semarang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nautical looking clock bought in Jalan Surabaya. They call it a ship clock. 

If you too have collection of vintage pieces, please feel free to share with me here. Just email me the photos with your stories. Thanks! Oh the antlers in the first photo is a find in one shop at Taman Puring. There are more antlers in my home than in that shop. Freaky vintage!

Look What I Found At The Flea!

It happens all the time: you go to a flea market without knowing what you really look for, and voila– you find something that you really like.

Last week i found this amazing book by Neils A. Douwes Dekker in an old book shop in Blok M, Jakarta. This book is titled TANAH AIR KITA – The Country and People of indonesia, containing over 350 photos –16 photos are color– of once and always beautiful Indonesia. Here are some photos from the book.

The photos are amazing –each and every photo is carefully selected and curated. Many are “never been published and which is not likely to be surpassed in the near future” as it says in the cover. This book is for “those who already know something about INDONESIA will immediately want to possess. For those whom Indonesia is merely a name…it will come as a revelation” .


Neils A is the great grandnephew of the famous Multatuli Edward Douwes Dekker, the author of Max Havelaar — a familiar name for those who fancy history in high school.

Throughout the book the writer praises and only praises the country devotedly — here is a quote: INDONESIA, an equatorial paradise of thousands of tropical islands, great and small, displaying a wealth arts and customs, a land in which age-old traditions exist side by side with up-to-date industries. A land with a past– and a land with a future.

I Am Eames

Eames chairs are ubiquitous. You flip elle decoration, vogue living or living etc, you will always spot them featured in stylish homes around the world. Eames chairs have become must-have items for decades thanks to its modern, timeless beauty.


This is what Wikipedia writes about Ray and Charles Eames: Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” (née Kaiser) Eames (1912–1988) ( /?i?mz/) were American designers, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. Essential Eames exhibition is now commencing at Gandaria City, Jakarta.

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.

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