The Jakarta Post
"The cover of "100+ Days of Quarantine: 60+ Insights from Indonesia’s Opinion Leaders on Creativity, Design, Lifestyle, Happiness and Humanity" by Luthfi Hasan. (Jakarta Vintage/File)
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to people's routines of going outside and meeting their loved ones face-to-face.
For Luthfi Hasan, founder of interior and product design consultancy firm Jakarta Vintage, the outbreak has made him miss quality time with his friends. He tried dabbling in gardening and cooking at home, but he longed for moments spent with friends.
With that, Luthfi started holding Instagram Live sessions in April to interacts with friends from various backgrounds and discuss a plethora of topics. The sessions from April to September were then turned into a 440-page, full-colored book titled 100+ Days of Quarantine: 60+ Insights from Indonesia’s Opinion Leaders on Creativity, Design, Lifestyle, Happiness and Humanity.
Luthfi said running the sessions and making them into a book had happened naturally. Following his fifth or sixth IG Live session, he initially wanted to turn them into an art installation for an event. However, when the event was postponed, he decided to create a book instead.
“The topics are varied because I wasn’t the one who chose them,” Luthfi said during Jakarta Vintage’s Instagram Live session on Nov. 13, adding that he had allowed his friends to talk about subjects they had already mastered or liked the most.
“My friends happen to share the same values and their backgrounds have creative elements as well.”
University of Indonesia alumnus added that his friends’ opinions throughout the sessions tended to be honest and fresh as they came from friendly banter on an informal platform.
“The inspiring opinions in the book can hopefully offer words of encouragement,” Luthfi said.
100+ Days of Quarantine presents insights from 67 opinion leaders divided in seven chapters, namely Arts and Creative Industry, Business and Marketing, Design Thinking, Lifestyle, Social and Humanities, Shout-out from Overseas and Gen-Z.
The contributors are Atreyu Moniaga, Cosmas Gozali, David Irianto, Dian Hasan, Didiet Maulana, Francis Surjaseputra, Imelda Akmal, Keanu Sumawinata, Lynda Ibrahim, Maria “Ria Papermoon” Tri Sulistyani, Phillip Jusuf, Poetri Soehendro, Ricky Pesik, Satya Brahmantya, Shanty Harmayn, Sonny Sepoetro and Uti Rahardjo, among others.
In a session with Yogyakarta-based product designer Satya, they spoke about the history of kriya (crafts) from the 1990s, its issues and solutions.
While during a session with one of the founders of online platform Perempuan Platinum, Louisa Tuhatu, the theme was women aged 50 and above.
Nin “Nindy” Djani, the book's editor, said that the topic was a rarity in public discussions. “People usually talk about tips on how to stay young, but Louisa talked about how to embrace your platinum age. Actually, that’s the secret of youthfulness,” Nindy said.
With its wide range of topics, Nindy said that the book would be enjoyable to read. “The book doesn’t only contain quotes, but also personal insights and their implementations,” she said.
Saying that he released the book with an aim to inspire people, Luthfi also said that he didn't view it as a self-help book. “It’s inspiring and motivating, but it’s not a book from a motivator. I have nothing against motivators, though,” he said.
100+ Days of Quarantine is available for pre-order until Nov. 28 on e-commerce platform Blibli.com with prices starting from Rp 350,000 (US$24.66). The book's normal price is Rp 500,000.
Luthfi and his team have also teamed up with the Indonesian Interior Designer Association (HDII) to give copies of the book to libraries in state universities in greater Jakarta. (wng)
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