For an eccletic mix of home decor from all over the globe, try Maissone. This online shop now has a showroom in Tiong Bahru. You’re going to love it!
Most travellers may be content to bring home little souvenirs from their vacations. New Zealander Michelle Boyce, on the other hand, can be found despairing over how to find enough space in her luggage to cram all the homeware and unusual objects she’s bought to fill her home.
Her eye for picking out pretty things soon caught the attention of friends who would want to know where she got them from and lament that they couldn’t find anything similar. That sparked the idea of turning her good eye into a business. “Tired of hearing their disappointment, I am now personally sourcing products with a focus on everyday use in the home as well as statement pieces,” says Ms Boyce.
These items are now sold through her online shop, Maissone, which she started last year. Ms Boyce has also opened a showroom in Tiong Bahru, so shoppers can view the products that are available online.
“Maissone is the result of a passion for beautiful design, 10 years of travel and many treasures from back street alleys,” says Ms Boyce, who used to run her own interior design firm in Auckland. She and her family have been living in Singapore for two years.
Bedlinen from Thread Designs, designed and made in New Zealand, dominate the inventory with clean lines and colours that are meant to be “free of frills and fuss”, says Ms Boyce.
The collection is priced from S$78 for a plain fitted sheet to S$245 for a duvet cover. There is also a selection of cushions, bathroom and laundry accessories, as well as items for the kitchen, such as pewter cake stands and ice buckets, and La Bruket candles and soaps from Sweden. With 2016 just months away, Ms Boyce is excited that the iconic Stendig calendar is now available at the store.
The black-and-white calendar, which retails for S$125, exclusively from Maissone was designed in 1966 by Massimo Vignelli and is now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The calendar is available in limited quantities. Ms Boyce says she has had “excellent response” from new and existing clients.
She says that she sources for items from all around the world, citing examples of pouffes from Morocco, and African juju hats from Cameroon.
“As our pieces are so unique to us, it’s hard to say what has been most popular. Our client base is wide and varied, everyone seems to find something they love and come back looking for more, knowing I am always adding pieces when I travel,” says Ms Boyce.
Location: 20 Eng Hoon Street
Hours: Tues to Fri, and Sun, 10.30am to 5pm; Sat, 10.30am to 6pm, closed on Mon
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By Tay Suan Chiang, The Business Times, September 19, 2015
Photo: Courtesy Maissone Facebook Page