This month we’re talking about furniture: where to buy, where to sell it, how to use it to make your house feel like home. We’ll help you take your home from sad to rad with help from the island’s finest stores. Here are 5 for cool colonial pieces.
Pick out quality antiques from India’s British, Dutch and Portuguese eras from one of the largest collections in Singapore. Decor ideas will be a breeze, as many pieces are styled in room settings. (896 Dunearn Rd)
Owner Padmaja Rajagopalan has a great eye. The proof: her quaint store at the Tan Boon Liat building. Besides quality hardwoods, she also does bespoke upholstery. (315 Outram Rd)
This shop pays homage to Singapore’s past as a trading post for the East India Trading Company, and sources furniture from the Company’s old trading areas, such as Rajasthan and Vietnam. Be it cushions, candleholders or small-scale furniture, everything is inspired by Singapore’s colonial past. Accessories start as a low as $12! (315 Outram Rd)
It may not be the most glamorous shop, but you won’t be disappointed. Service is discreet if you’d like a quiet browse through fine Chinese home décor. If you need help, ask owners Anthony and Danielle Lee for advice. (379 Upper Paya Lebar Rd)
Named after the bright red seeds from the local Saga tree, this is a great venue to kickstart your vintage collection. If you’re looking for something unique, Red Saga Seeds is often filled with rare and distinct pieces (peruse the online gallery to get a sense). (21 Ubi Rd 1)
By Hazel Vincent De Paul, The Finder, October 2015