Singapore, we love that your interiors scene is booming, but quality industrial-style furniture is still not easy to come by in this town. That’s why the EL homes team are regulars at Journey East’s huge 8,600 sq ft Tan Boon Liat showroom, sniffing out the latest eclectic designs from buzz brands d-Bodhi and District Eight Design. You can add edge to even the most clinical of new-build spaces with d-Bodhi’s contemporary pieces made from reclaimed teak, boat wood and recycled pipes, and District Eight Design’s French-Colonial inspired furnishings crafted from seared oak or reclaimed wood with cast-iron machine parts.
But, before we tempt you with a gallery of our pick of Journey East’s industrial-styled furniture and furnishings, a few styling tips from their talented team. ‘Industrial-style designs are versatile enough to blend into a minimalist scheme, or daring enough to stand out as statement pieces in a contemporary setting,’ says marketing manager Terence Teh. ‘Just like the Japanese concept of ‘wabi sabi’, the beauty of industrial-style pieces lie in their imperfection.’ So, go forth and decorate with weathered wood, heavy metal, exposed bolts and salvaged pipes!
District Eight Design
Founded in 2010 by Singaporean-Australian Darren Chew – the creative powerhouse behind L’usine, one of Vietnam’s hippest coffee and retail spaces – 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 a coveted global brand, producing incredibly unique avant-garde industrial furniture and accessories for the coolest of homes.
Drawing inspiration from the industrial age and French Colonial period, you can expect a blend of reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood, galvanised iron pipes and salvaged vintage materials, such as factory machine parts.
For modern eco-friendly furniture with more than just a nod to the industrial age, d-Bodhi’s reclaimed teak range is it. Handcrafted with traditional methods using reclaimed teak from Javanese fishing boats and old rural homes in central Java, the d-Bodhi team embrace every nail, hole, scuff, scratch and ding to design fun and innovative furniture that oozes raw appeal. Add galvanised iron pipes and the wood’s naturally weathered aesthetic, and you can be guaranteed guests will fleece you for details on where you get your stuff from!
They’re fair-trade, too. This Singaporean furniture company meets directly with Javanese families to negotiate a price for beams from their dismantled teak houses that would otherwise be discarded. They’re carried away across the rice paddies and restored by hand into dining tables, bookshelves, coffee tables, dressers, bed frames, desks, consoles and way more.
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, so you can pat yourself on the back that your decorating isn’t damaging!
Psst! Journey East also stocks a sought-after Vintage collection full of original art deco finds and colonial teak furnishings from the 1920s – 60s, all made from Indonesian teak that’s been lovingly hand-restored by skilled artisans, as well as an amazing selection of art, lighting and interior accessories that the team have snapped up on their travels. Browse snaps of dreamy products on Journey East’s Instagram for a taster of what’s in store.