Brightspot Market was founded as a way to support Jakarta’s growing and somewhat struggling independent design community by bringing their work directly to the consumers. Fast-forward a few years, and now an influx of similar pop-up markets and new brands are showing up on our social media feeds daily. They definitely have our attention now but how can they keep it?
Leonardo Theosabrata, one of the founders of Brightspot and an award-winning designer himself, saw that now the challenge was to retain the momentum in this competitive market and to raise the bar when it comes to quality.
In a bigger sense, he believes that there is a shift going on from mass-produced products and fast consumption to long-lasting quality goods that are, firstly, a better investment and secondly, more sustainable to produce. This is where his new venture, Indoestri, Jakarta’s first makerspace, comes in.
Co-working spaces and makerspaces are already a hit with young designers and start-up business in the United States. If you are not familiar with the concept, it’s a massive workshop that gives people access to machinery, tools, and ideas to create quality goods.
Theosabrata, a man passionate about working with his hands, felt that Jakartans needed a place to produce prototypes, bounce ideas off colleagues, and understand the process of creating goods in order to become better designers.
With the grand opening approaching in November, Indoestri is holding workshops every weekend as a sneak preview of what kind of projects people can do at Indoestri. A membership to Indoestri is a creativity carte blanche! With stations for woodwork, metalwork, leatherwork, sewing and pottery, plus a digital design studio, mini photo studio, office spaces and a supply shop, Indoestri is outfitted with everything a designer might need to explore, discover, play, and most importantly, build their business.
But Indoestri isn’t only for budding entrepreneurs, people just looking for a creative outlet or hobby spot, can sign up for memberships and use the facilities. After completing their mandatory safety and equipment intro classes, It’s a great place to spend the weekend doing something with your hands (and to get out of the malls!). Oh, and yes, there will be food! Indoestri will also be home to an amazingly designed café that will be constructed almost all recycled materials and will feature vertical gardens.
Indoestri, Jl. Lingkar Luar Barat No. 36, Cengkareng, West Jakarta, p: 62-21/541-5510. Hours: Mon-Fri 2-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm.