Love all things local? Bring a piece of Singapore into your home
There’s no mistaking it: We’re in love with this city. Whether you’ve been living here all your life or a recent resident, you’d know there’s plenty to adore about Singapore – from the food to the heritage and multicultural vibe. Take that love a step further by flaunting it loud and proud at home. Here’s where to shop Singapore-inspired home decor and furniture.
Go loud and proud with WhenIwasfour’s quirky local-inspired home goods. Cushion covers are (rightfully) the star, with designs paying homage to quirky hawker stalls of bak kut teh, wanton mee and chicken rice. Others you’d find comfortingly familiar are local snacks of gem biscuits, popiah and the childhood favourite of ice popsicles sold out of the homes of your neighbourhood aunties.
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Few things say “Singapore” like Peranakan tiles. But if a tiled floor is too permanent a look for your home, go with furnishings instead. At Arthur Zaaro, tables – for dining, coffee or consoles – feature handmade Peranakan tiles made with a thick cement layer for longwear.
Arthur Zaaro, #08-07, 122 Eunos Avenue 7, Richfield Industrial Centre, Singapore 409575
Peranakan Tiles Gallery
Just a short walk from Honeycombers HQ is Peranakan Tiles Gallery. Collected from torn down shophouses in the ‘70s and ‘80s, these salvaged tiles can been replicated for you to bring home. Aside from tiles, you can also shop them coasters with similar designs.
Peranakan Tiles Gallery, 168 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068619
Onlewo is one of a kind. The uniquely Singaporean brand does distinctly local designs as tribute to the city’s colourful heritage. Furniture come in varied prints, including the Downtown ottoman with prints of landmarks like the National Gallery and the concert hall and stools with Tiong Bahru’s icons. Prefer smaller accents? Go with a lamp in the chic monochrome Little India style or table runners inspired by Botanic Gardens.
Onlewo, 129 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208847
Cool furniture label Scene Shang does what few can do: combine tradition with contemporary innovation. The store has it all: cushion covers featuring Art Deco landmarks (like the Cathay Building and Aliwal Arts Centre), side tables inspired by Singapore’s merging of foliage and urban landscape as well as wall art depicting culturally rich neighbourhoods like Emerald Hill.
Scene Shang, 263 Beach Road, Singapore 199542
Chen Men Lee Furniture Shop
Okay so Chen Men Lee isn’t so much Singapore-inspired but is very much a part of an old furniture tradition. The rattan maker has been around for decades, and has been passed down through generations. Here you can still shop the tropical inspired wicker chairs that have long existed since the ‘50s, like the shell chair. You can either shop these, or even custom make them to your heart’s desire.
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