By: Arman Shah Rawi
With its stunning furniture collection in Singapore, Journey East shows how you can transform your house into a beautiful place to call home – while still being kind to the environment, of course!
Nestled within Tan Boot Liat Building on Outram Road is an 8,600-square-foot showroom. Inside, you can find the most stunning collection of furniture on display, with every piece carefully chosen by Journey East to inspire limitless ideas on decorating your home in Singapore. Speaking of sprucing up your humble abode, just how knowledgeable are you about the materials that went into constructing your furniture? In this day and age, not enough emphasis is placed on environmental conservation. Thus, it’s of paramount importance to be aware of how these raw materials were sourced.
Thankfully, Journey East makes information of such nature transparent, eliminating any doubt about dubious or unethical business practices. Founded in 1995, the company specialises in a wide range of recycled furniture and home accessories. Not only does this furniture retailer in Singapore stock up on Dutch Colonial and Javanese vintage pieces – born from a passion for antique craftsmanship of a bygone era – it now also comes with eco-friendly designer furniture and reclaimed teak wood furniture.
Journey East is highly-selective about who it does business with, choosing only partners who demonstrate fair trade practices. A prime example would be d-Bodhi. This Singaporean furniture company experiments with furniture-making in fun and unusual ways, handcrafting pieces using reclaimed teak from Javanese fishing boats and old rural homes in central Java. Traditionally, these houses are to be sold after three generations, but d-Bodhi meets with the sellers directly to offer a fair price for wood that would otherwise be discarded. d-Bodhi also works closely with an NGO called Trees4Trees. Together, they plant new trees to offset carbon emission from vehicles and miscellaneous sources. The company plants a new tree for every piece of furniture sold, handing the role of carbon compensation directly to the end consumer – you!
District Eight Design
Journey East has also partnered up with District Eight Design. Founded in 2010 by Darren Chew – the creative powerhouse behind L’usine, one of the hippest coffee and retail spaces in Vietnam – it was initially started as a project to restore historically-significant buildings, warehouses and objects in Ho Chi Minh City. Today, District Eight Design is an internationally-recognised brand, all thanks to its production of incredibly unique industrial furnishings. Drawing inspiration from the industrial age and French Colonial period, the company blends salvaged vintage materials with reclaimed wood to create an eclectic line of avant-garde furniture and home accesssories.
Speaking of eclectic, be sure to check out the range of home accessories by Jonas Merian at the Journey East showroom. The Swiss designer – currently based in Shanghai – uses reclaimed, reused and repurposed materials to create his unique masterpieces. His one-of-a-kind lamps, for instance, were made with recycled Chinese biscuit tins, reflecting his unconventional approach to design. Originally manufactured in the 70s and 80s, these tins were used to store crackers, biscuits and medicine, and are a common sight in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou.
With the strong belief that a beautiful home can enhance your passion for life, three siblings from Denmark – Rikke Juhl Jensen, Gitte Juhl Capel and Klaus Juhl Pedersen – came together to start House Doctor. The interior design firm offers remedies for dull houses, prescribing home accessories made with recycled materials to medicate vapid interiors. Won over by how House Doctor reduced its carbon footprint through eco-friendly practices, Journey East imported the company’s range of stylish home accessories and fashionable lighting that will brighten up any living space.
A proud supporter of Fauna-Flora International, Clinton Friedman is a talented photographer and designer from South Africa who expresses his affinity for nature through his images. A fan of his art, Journey East has made a number of his pieces available at the showroom where you can enjoy his unique perceptions of the environment and translate them into beautiful products for your home.