Be bold with statement pieces from Naiise
Naiise was launched in January 2013 by Dennis Tay with just five suppliers and operated from his home. A year later, he was ready to expand and was joined by his future wife Amanda Eng. The goal of Naiise is to make design accessible to everyone. Dennis and Amanda achieved this by promoting local designers through everyday products. Home decor items available from Naiise range from sleek stools to cute but functional kids furniture, but our favourite products are the statement bean bag chairs in designs like a curled up brown bear or a sprinkle covered vanilla doughnut.
Go vintage at Lorgan’s The Retro Store
At Lorgan’s The Retro Store, you’ll find restored pre-loved furniture dating back as far as the 1930s. The shop is owned by Lorgan Wong who learned how to restore furniture as a young child, from his father. Besides the furniture, the store also carries a large collection of vintage home accessories, ranging from lights and shelves to vases. The store’s stock has been curated from all over the world with products coming from the US, Germany, Denmark and more.
Focus on simplicity with modern minimalism from Hipvan
Another locally founded company, HipVan launched with the idea that sleek minimalist furniture does not need to come with exorbitant price tags. Three years after launching, HipVan recently opened their first commercial space in Singapore where you can see mockups of the furniture and get some ideas for how to redesign your living space with a trendy minimalist look.
2 Handy Road, The Cathay, #02-06/07/08, Singapore, +65 6291 1725
Buy classic pieces from Hock Siong & Co
Hock Siong & Co collects second-hand furniture, mostly from hotels. This sprawling store is full of top quality products and you can haggle to get a good deal but shoppers need to have some patience and be ready to hunt. The shop carries a huge variety of stock in many different styles and prices start as low as $20 – don’t be afraid to haggle a little with the staff who are more than happy to give a little in order to see customers walk away happy.
153 Kampong Ampat, Singapore 368326 +65 6281 8338
More commonly known as Singapore’s favourite independent local bookstore, Books Actually also boasts a beautifully curated collection of curios and vintage toys that owner Kenny Leck has picked up on his travels around the world. Of course, a respectable collection of books is also a must when setting up your home decor! Leck runs his own publishing company Math Paper Press which publishes books by local authors and he also carries hand-stitched notebooks made by local artisan Birds & Co.
9 Yong Siak St, Singapore +65 6222 9195
The Heritage Shop
The Heritage Shop boasts the city state’s most extensive collection of vintage Singapore memorabilia. Although the shop carries items from all around the world, the owner, Patrick Phoa, estimates that over half of the collection, stacked haphazardly around his shop, is from Singapore. Shoppers can expect to find everything from larger items like kerosene lamps and retro audio/visual equipment to small items like postcards, coins and more. Spend some time chatting with Mr Phoa, he has some very interesting stories about some of the customers he’s had come through his shop – including Saudi royalty!
93 Jln Sultan, Singapore 198997 +65 6223 7982
Forget minimalism at Fred Lives Here
The brainchild of Angie Pasley, a former makeup artist, Fred Lives Here packs a colourful punch. The shop is known for its unique take on contemporary classics. Think replica designs originally by the likes of Arne Jacobsen but covered in graffiti or gold spikes. This store is perfect for people looking for that one-of-a-kind piece that will never be found in someone else’s home.
19 Jln Pisang, Singapore 199084 +65 6291 0708