Thursday, September 30, 2010


Kandari gold clutch bag of Johny Tandiary, Makasar Handycraft Centre
picture courtesy of Kompas

fish made of seashell combined with engraved silver plate, Celuk Design Centre, Bali
picture courtesy of Kompas

gold bowl of ancient Mataram
picture courtesy of Dewi

gold water pitcher from 7th century
picture courtesy of Dewi

gold water scoop
picture courtesy of Dewi

gold dish bowl
picture courtesy of Dewi

ceramic vase combined with engraved gold plate
picture courtesy of Dewi

I prefer to named it as home jewelleries than home accessories. It is because these collections are made of gold and silver. Just like the fish made of seashell combined with silver. This is created by Celuk Design Centre, by three artisans Kadek Megayasa, I Nyoman rupadana, and I Putu Windriyana on Desa Celuk, Bali.

Other jewelry designer, Johny Tandiary of Makassar Handycraft Centre, comes from Bugis tradition of making Kandari gold. The tradition of making Kandari gold has been known for centuries for their details, complexity in the making that made by hand. So Kandari gold is not a mass product, it’s exclusive kind of thing.

Kandari is the process of making fine gold thread. Before the gold thread being arranged, the artisan has to make the structures made of gold too for the gold thread. The structures are formed like flower, leaves, rice, etc. Then the gold thread used to fill the structures. Johny designed a clutch made of Kandari gold. It took a whole month to finished it.

Indonesian has tradition of making home jewelleries since 7th century in the empire of ancient Mataram era. Like the collection discovered in Java in the 90s, it shows the beauty and skills of the artisans from that era in high techniques of forging, engraving, stroking, and crafting. The patterns and motifs are influenced by Hinduism. Usually those home jewelleries are not only used as display, but as daily tools too by the royal family. These collections have been shown in Guimet Museum in Paris in 1995.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Usually I send my articles to any interior tabloids in Indonesia. But thanks to a friend of mine, an editor in chief of a women magz ask one of my article to be on her magz. This is a huge opportunity for me personally that I've waited for so long. I guess I was a lil bit jealous with some interior bloggers out there who has experience in print media.
So for this last whole week I've been busy try to edit my article so it will be fitted with the style of her magazine. It's kind hard to cut off some parts of my writing. Cause I think I always write with significant details.
But I am excited too. I am trying to find some locations for photo shoot in order to complete my article.
Hopefully if this one succeed, I will be hired as a contributor. Can't wait to get my pages in that magazine.

Wish me luck... ;-)

PS: next week I will post an interesting post of Indonesian heritage for your decoration.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Indonesia has a long tradition in glass art painting. Since the 15th century, the trader came from Gujarat to do the trading alongside with spreading the teaching of Islam using the glass painting tradition which its content is Islamic story or calligraphy.

Each region of Indonesia is diverse and has their own development and signature of glass painting art. The glass painter in mid of Java use glass just like a canvas. Otherwhile the artists of Cirebon use the reverse glass technique which has higher level of difficulty. This reverse glass paint technique had also been developed in Bali. Tough glass painting in Bali is kinda rather new. It just started in 1927 in Nagasepaha, Buleleng by Jro Dalang Diah. But the highest achievement of glass painting technique has been reached by painter origin in Cirebon, like the well known masters, Rastika and Sumbar Prianto Sunu, familiar known as Toto Sunu.

For centuries glass painting in Cirebon was still using common and uniform theme of Islamic, combined with Hindu mithology, in wayang. The decorative motifs was also explored and applied, borrowing the Cirebon batik motifs like wadasan - clouds.
Rastika, the master himself, is really known for this decorative style of glass painting. In Cirebon glass painting is not only seen as painting but also develope as architectural element with deep toughts or philosophy influenced by the Hindu.

As time goes by, besides religious theme, Hindu mythology, glass painter in Indonesia started to explore other theme like scenery and social issues, just like other Cirebon master, Toto Sunu. Glass painting art had changed from crafty tradition which tend to have a common and uniform look, into an expression of personal interpretation and creativity of the artist.

Toto Sunu had interpreted his own style creating black and white painting just like his painting titled 'When Man Changed'. He even applied paper tole technique to create 3 dimension effect in his painting. He also applied scratching technique to create the object of his painting. I think his scratching technique had similarity principle with batik technique. So if other painter using batik motifs, Toto Sunu had explored the principle of batik technique and apply it on glass painting technique.

Glass painting technique is not just applied for art objects, it is also applied for home glassware as home accessories. Hedy Yamasari started using glass painting technique for her collection of glassware, named Hess Qiva. Her style of glass painting is influenced by Indian paintings which are characterized by bright colors and ornamental nature.

Friday, September 3, 2010


I think this festival is a great opportunity to freshen up with the idea of vintage decoration.

Vintage at Goodwood is the annual music and fashion led celebration of creative British cool from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, featuring the leading DJs, bands, collectors, purveyors of vintage clothing and vintage vinyl from each decade, as well as contemporary bands and brands inspired by Britain’s rich creative and cultural heritage.

Vintage explores the musical, design and cultural lineages and explores where they are taking us. Think of Vintage at Goodwood as the new annual Festival of Britain. Whether your thing is Swing, Rockabilly, Mod, Soul, Funk, Disco, Ska, Electro, Burlesque, Film, Art & Design, or you just want to dress up and get an authentic ‘flat top’ and make-over for a day, Vintage at Goodwood is a visual, responsible, aural and sensual, a big family dressing up box, a collectors dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages.

On a truly breathtaking site, nestling into the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (and soon to be National Park) with access to the wonderful beaches and harbours of coastal West Sussex – Vintage at Goodwood brings together lovers of the music, fashions, food and lifestyles of the decades that gave Britain its creative heritage. And then there’s the accommodation. From onsite luxury of the Goodwood Hotel, camping with views to die for, Vintage at Goodwood will give you a unique opportunity to holiday in the most beautiful area of Southern England.

Vintage at Goodwood is the brainchild of designers Gerardine Hemingway MBE|, Wayne Hemingway MBE| – who started their business selling and customising second hand clothes and are now co-owners of Britain’s premier collection of cultural artefacts, The Land of Lost Content Museum|, and Lord March – mastermind behind the internationally acclaimed Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, and proprietor of one of the largest organic farms in the south of England.

With the proven and award winning Goodwood and Hemingway Design teams backed up by a stellar collection of Vintage Curators, we promise an unparallel attention to design and organisational detail that will ensure that Vintage at Goodwood is an event to remember, the worlds annual holiday for lovers of cool popular culture.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Celebrating upcoming Lebaran/Idul Fitri in a few days, here's my moodbard. Hopefully you can get inspiration for your home decor. These moodboard is inspired by the tradition of 'mudik-pulang kampung', get back to hometown to celebrate Idul Fitri. So the things are inspired by the natural material that available in kampong like rattan, bamboo, coconut, cotton fabric and so on.