Planning to give your home a makeover? Shop furniture and home accessories under one roof at Tan Boon Liat Building. Here are our favourites...
A long-time favourite with interior stylists and home and decor lovers in the know, the Tan Boon Liat building on Outram road is the furniture Mecca of Singapore. Don’t be fooled by its age, industrial exterior (we mean this as a compliment), this gem is a veritable treasure trove of quality furniture and unique home accessories. Truth? It may just be the answer to all your home decorating woes. And while we love browsing and even buying furniture online, we all know it’s much more fun visiting showrooms to see great pieces in the flesh. So devote a day to browsing Tan Boon Liat, you’re going to love this joint…
You’ll be hard-pressed not to find anything that strikes your fancy in Journey East. This sprawling 8,600 square foot space is where you’ll find beautiful pieces in every corner: industrial-contemporary furniture by District Eight Design, charming home accessories from House Doctor, restored and up-cycled Asian vintage treasures, as well as our favourite sustainable furniture line, d-Bodhi. Best of all, Journey East offers excellent service and is home to one very adorable kitty – be sure to look out for Ginger! And sorry to humblebrag, but Honeycombers is decked out in some pretty special pieces from Journey East – including a lush hand-loomed rug by Nasser Nishaburi and our prize art deco chairs reupholstered in the coolest Kirby fabric. Apologies to Ginger for snapping up your favourite chair from the showroom!
Journey East, #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6473 1693
Grey and Sanders
Another essential stop while you explore Tan Boon Liat is Grey and Sanders, which specialises in premium solid wood dining furniture and stylish leather sofas. If you like statement pieces that tell a story, this showroom is going to press all your buttons. It’s all about the quality of the natural materials here: think old-growth woods and Italian full-grain and top-grain leather – all transformed into modern, minimalist pieces. And yes, that is a Scandinavian influence you see there. Grey and Sanders has an in-house workshop, and everyone here is equipped with woodworking knowledge. A team that knows its stuff and is passionate about excellent craftsmanship? Impressive. And of course, everything here can be customised, so you’ll sink into a stylish leather sofa just the way you like it, or feast at a dining table that feels like it was made just for your space. In fact, you can browse the collection of wood slabs in the showroom to find a unique, natural beauty that will be the centre of your home for years to come…
Grey and Sanders, #06-02, 315 Outram Rd, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
Singapore Trading Post
From the team behind Expat Auctions comes this lovely establishment that carefully selects pieces from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Its collection of home products and gifts, ranging from plantation chairs to pineapple lamps, oozes the romantic style of colonial Singapore. With rugs and linens to side tables and cabinets, the selection here is definitely worthy of a visit if you’re looking for furnishings with a side of Asian charm. Hello, tropical-leaf print cushions!
Singapore Trading Post, #07-01, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6274 0511
Shop for your little one at Deer Industries! This playful boutique is loaded with fun bedding, beautiful bedroom furniture, and home decor fit for babies, kids, and even teens! Each piece is designed with a European flair, and if you’ve got a thing for the clean, modern Scandinavian look, there’s no denying that Deer Industries would be right up your alley. Plus, we reckon its range of side tables would sit nicely next to our beds, too.
Deer Industries, #07-05, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 9485 4430
Plain Vanilla Home
One’s for all the kitchenalia lovers: if you’ve ever popped into Plain Vanilla Bakery in Tiong Bahru and can’t keep your eyes away from the tidy collection of beautiful wooden kitchen tools and gorgeous cake stands, Plain Vanilla has an entire store devoted to kitchen accessories and more homewares. Yes, you can now fill your kitchen cupboards with dreamy decor. Check out our full story on Plain Vanilla Home – a gorgeous store that feels like Kinfolk come to life.
Plain Vanilla Home, #08-06, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 8299 9022
The Past Perfect Collection
This East-meets-West antique furniture store offers top quality colonial antiques of the British, Dutch and Portuguese era in India. Special attention is given to the collection’s condition, rarity and origin, making sure it’s authentic and staying true to form. Its gorgeous pieces are carefully curated and handpicked from different areas in India, in order to provide a variety of styles of furniture.
The Past Perfect Collection, #11-05, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6737 3078
The Providore Warehouse
A dream for home cooks and kitchen decor lover, this artisanal grocer offers everything from gourmet food, wine and spirits to classic enamelware, beautiful serving boards and cool kitchen equipment. Stock up with a variety of seasonal produce sourced locally and overseas. And if you’re looking for new recipes to spice things up in the kitchen, you’ll have a field day browsing through its collection of cookbooks at its cosy retail space.
The Providore Warehouse, #05-03, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6221 7056
Unlike your usual go-to store for all things art and decor, LivingwithArt is home to hand-drawn wall paintings in the styles of Fengshui, abstract, modern, minimalism, floral, nature and more, created by its very own team of artists. If you prefer something more personal to enhance your living space, these guys can whip up customised art, including paintings, murals, 3D wall art, wallpaper, art clocks and sculptures made from metal, acrylic, clay, ceramics, wood and the like to bring your vision to life.
LivingwithArt, #02-05, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6358 3284
Adding a dose of Scandi chic to Tan Boon Liat is Danish furniture and accessories store, Make Room. Home to top design brands such as Nordal, Madam Stoltz, HK Living, and Bloomingville, this stylish showroom is brimming with a specially curated selection of modern and one-of-a-kind pieces – think wicker swing chairs, funky side tables, rugs, knitted poufs, cushions, and gorgeous marble kitchen wares. Trust us; you’ll be sorely tempted to scoop up everything in sight. Psst…don’t forget to stop by Make Room’s in-house studio for expert advice on interior design and styling.
Make Room, #11-09B, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p.6222 3042
Soul & Table (formerly Ethnicraft Online)
As longtime fans of the brand, it’s no surprise that Soul & Table is one of our top picks at Tan Boon Liat. With a design credo that focuses on functionality, sustainability, and impeccable contemporary design, Soul & Table certainly knows the way into every home owner’s heart. There’s plenty to choose from, depending on your taste: from sturdy bed frames to extendable dining tables, versatile bookshelves, and storage units, every piece is made from 100% FSC-certified wood. Besides its in-house range of solid teak and oak furniture, Soul & Table also stocks other designer collections such as Universo Positivo and the retro-inspired Mr Marius. On top of their reasonable prices, Soul & Table also offers free local delivery and lifetime warranty – everyone’s favourite words when it comes to furniture shopping.
Ethnicraft Online, #02-01, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 9272 1545
Got a hankering for furniture with character? Then Artful House will be right up your alley. Because heritage plays a big part in Artful House’s design aesthetic, you’ll find a plethora of one-of-a-kind pieces and eye-catching home accents sourced from around Asia. What we really love is Artful House’s vintage, recycled, and reclaimed wood range: old windows, doors, and boats are given a new lease of life and turned into unique armoires, mirrors, consoles, and bookcases. Want your very own bespoke piece? Artful House also offers customised upholstered pieces with a stunning collection of Indonesian ikat weaves, Chinoiserie, and chintz textiles to choose from.
Artful House, #08-04, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 8112 6127
Shoppers, welcome to soft furnishings heaven! We’re not exaggerating when we say that BODE is the place to give your living space a makeover. After all, it is home to Singapore’s largest collection of textile fabrics, wall coverings, carpets, cushions, and curtains from the likes of Decortex Firenze, Liberty, Vantage Concept, Timorous Beasties, and other leading designers sourced from all over the world. Even better: the BODE team also provides bespoke upholstery services if you need something customised.
BODE, #05-10, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6635 3377
A purveyor of high-quality, environmentally-friendly teak furniture, Mountain Teak is where contemporary design meets stylish simplicity. Here, fans of the timeless aesthetic will find plenty to love: dining tables, consoles, bed frames, and seating made from FSC-certified reclaimed teak and other timbers (namely American black walnut and European white oak). Mountain Teak caters to all kinds of interior styles by offering an impressive range of leading European designer collections such as Karpenter, Square Roots, Wendelbo, and many more.
Mountain Teak, #07-02, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6224 7176
In need of those all-important finishing touches to your home? Look no further than Arete Culture. Specialising in luxury home accessories and soft furnishings, this contemporary showroom is a treasure trove for lovers of all things luxe – silk bed linen, scented candles, handmade mirrors, etc. – at reasonable prices, no less. What’s more: if your home needs a makeover, Arete Culture offers fuss-free styling services.
Arete Culture, #06-01, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 9640 3829
Looking add some playfulness to your new home? Pomelo is where it’s at. This industrial-chic store stocks a curated selection of contemporary furniture, rugs, and lighting, injected with fun pops of colour. Pomelo believes that good design should be made well and you can trust them on this one – we were especially charmed by the rainbow-hued Mattiazzi chairs and funky, sculptural lamps by Schmitt Design.
Pomelo, #13-02, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6226 4663
Walking into The Shophouse feels like being invited into a friend’s beautifully appointed home. The first thing you’ll notice is its warm and inviting feel, thanks to The Shophouse’s elegant collection of furniture and lighting creatively displayed. There are plenty of gems to be found here: from plush love seats to Chinese-inspired sideboards, patterned rugs, elegant tableware, and – our favourite – rattan hurricane lamps.
The Shophouse, #07-03, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6323 7190
Formerly known as FairPrice Antique, Emperor’s Attic is a longtime fave of those seeking a beautiful East-meets-West aesthetic for their home. The team behind this gorgeous showroom are experts in combining antique pieces with modern sensibility. Take for example their signature vibrant ceramic stools – we want one in every colour! Get your fix of gorgeous antiques, one-of-a-kind Chinese sideboards, porcelain vases, Buddha stone statues, lanterns or even high-quality reproductions here.
Emperor’s Attic, #01-10, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6270 2544
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