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Fantastic furniture at the Tan Boon Liat Building

If you’re in need of a one-stop furniture hub in Singapore, the Tan Boon Liat Building at Outram is the place to go. Modest and unassuming on the outside, the building holds a treasure trove of furnishing styles from Asian, vintage to Scandinavian or contemporary. If unique is what you’re after, you’ll find everything you need – dining room sets, sofas, coffee tables, mattresses and even the odd tribal rug. Here’s our list of go-to stores.

Since opening in 1995, Journey East has been known for their teak wood furniture and Southeast Asian vintage pieces. Vintage collectors will love their restored pieces which are specially hand-picked in Java Indonesia. If you’re in for something more contemporary, they also carry industrial or modern furniture, accessories and gifts. With more than 10 internationally-renowned brands in store, you can be sure to find something suitable for your home. Their Southeast Asian inspired collection PLAYplay was launched last year and is designed by Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai. Grab those casual and bright pieces to inject some fun and playfulness into your home.

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You’ll be glad to know that about 90% of their products are eco-friendly and made from sustainable sources including reclaimed wood and recycled iron. Also, before you leave, be sure to say hi to their resident cat, Ginger, that roams the showroom!

Journey East
6473 1693 | journeyeast.com

console, mirror, home decor, furniture
Cream doorway arch console and mirror from Artful House

As firm believers in individuality, each piece at Artful House is sourced from all across South and Southeast Asia and intricately restored using age-old wood working skills and hand craftsmanship. With a passion for invention, these architectural and vintage finds, such as antique doors, window frames and carvings are then creatively transformed into everyday furniture, making them one-of-a-kind. Carrying a range of furniture including consoles, tables, cabinets and mirrors, you’ll be able to find a piece to jazz up every room. Expect to find both vintage and contemporary pieces as well as recycled wood furniture in vibrant colours.

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Those looking to add some oriental flair can opt for their customised upholstery service, which will focus on oriental fabric inspirations while retaining a contemporary aesthetic. Reflecting Asia’s long history, traditional textiles including Indonesian Ikat weaves and oriental floral and paisley patterns are incorporated into modern furniture.

Artful House
8112 6127 | artful-house.com

furniture, accessories, home decor
Impressive range of furniture and accessories at Arete Culture

Carrying both internationally-renowned brands and in-house lines, Arete Culture carries an extensive range of soft furnishings and furniture. Be spoilt for choice with their consoles, coffee tables and ottomans, or pick up accessories like artisan rugs, table centrepieces and original artwork by local and international artists, including Singaporean watercolour artist, Davi Beschizza. They offer quality and long-lasting pieces in a range of styles –  industrial, contemporary, modern and rustic, you name it! Pick out an oversized ornate mirror for a touch of Hollywood glamour or some simple textiles to neutralise your space.

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Looking for custom-made furniture? They can build pieces to your specifications and deliver them straight to your door in 3 weeks! Their showroom is refreshed with new stock every two weeks, but don’t fret if you’re not the shopping sort. Just turn to their signature styling services where they can help to create your dream home in a snap.

Arete Culture
9640 3829 | areteculture.com

ice buckets, vintage, home decor
Vintage ice buckets from the Singapore Trading Post

Find all things tropical and vintage at the Singapore Trading Post. Set up three years ago by Jo Harrison, it was inspired by East Indian Trading routes and Singapore’s history. Find heaps of decor items, furniture and memorabilia, including jungle and tropical themed cushions, rattan chairs, Hawaiian floral furniture and brass pineapple gift boxes. Get your hands on their silver and gold vintage ice buckets that will be great eye-catchers at your next party. Explore a vintage art collection that will add character to your home or pick up one of their kooky, one-of-a-kind tropical print furniture pieces to make a bold statement.

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Vintage collectors will love their original vintage memorabilia including framed beer labels and photographs from the 1930s. They also have antique and collectible pieces like Chinese consoles and Indian carvings that date as far back as 100 years.

Singapore Trading Post
6221 4619 | singaporetradingpost.com

dining table, extendable, home decor
Teak Double Extendable Dining Table from Ethnicraft Online

Well-known for their solid wood furnishings, Ethnicraft Online offers contemporary teak pieces that are carefully crafted using sustainably harvested teak that has been recycled or FSC-certified. The oak range is equally modern and environmentally friendly. All Ethnicraft pieces boast both functionality and aesthetic appeal; their Universo Positivo series is playful while the Mr Marius collection is vintage inspired. For a little artistic flair, their Notre Monde pieces are hand-made trays and tables that also serve as art.

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Tired of squeezing ten people into the dinner table at Thanksgiving? The Double extendable dining table – seating up to 14 – may be just what you need. Have your purchase delivered right to your door free of charge. Also enjoy complimentary 1-for-1 disposal as well as a lifetime warranty.

Ethnicraft Online
9272 1545 | ethnicraft-online.com.sg

cabinet, Chinese, home decor
Hand-painted Chinese cabinet from FairPrice Antique

Offering hand-picked pieces at great prices for over 17 years, FairPrice Antique carries a variety of Asian-inspired antique and vintage furniture, art and accessories. Expect hand-painted Chinese cabinets, side boards, chests, ceramic stools and foo dogs. Have both your aesthetic and storage needs met with their stylish cabinets and shelves. Strong relationships have been built with their small pool of suppliers in Northern China, resulting in quality, authentic pieces. With a new shipment every three months, be spoilt for choice at their growing collection.

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Visiting a friend’s’ home or attending a birthday dinner? Pick up small gift items from as low as 10 dollars. In recent months, they have also been featuring works by both expat and local artists, including Julie Williams and Gloria Keh. This is in line with their goal of supporting expat-owned businesses and local causes.

Fairprice Antique
6270 2544 | fairpriceantique.com

carpets, furniture, home decor
Be spoilt for choice at the range of rugs at Hassan’s Carpets

As one of Singapore’s oldest leading rug companies, Hassan’s Carpets offers an extensive collection of quality woven rugs. From traditional classics and tribals to contemporary designs, all their gallery pieces are hand-made. As for their traditional collection, each piece is individually sourced from South Asia, Central Asia, Iran, Turkey or Russia. For something more modern, explore their contemporary collection that boasts the latest in designs as well as some of their in-house creations. For a mix of the old and the new, pick out a stressed vintage modern rug created by salvaging an old rug and giving it a new life with a modern twist.

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Pick up a rug with a rich history from their newly acquired Persian tribal rug collection. If you have something special in mind, opt for their custom-made services that can make you a rug in any design, size and colour.

Hassan’s Carpets
6737 5626 | hassanscarpets.com

mattresses, bedframes, home decor
Meet all your mattress and bedframe needs at dormiente

Using natural and certified organic materials, bedding specialist dormiente offers you comfier, healthier, greener sleep. Choose from 100 percent natural latex mattresses and individually adjustable sleeping systems that will ensure perfect body alignment with optimal back and hip support.

Their best-selling Natural Classic Orthoform Female and Male mattresses are recommended by the Association of Back Posture Trainers, and can help with the regeneration of your spine while you’re sleeping. Complement your mattress with over forty designs of custom-crafted bed frames. Made from eight sustainably grown hardwoods, their excellent craftsmanship exudes elegance and functionality. Enjoy healthy sleep in nature with flexible customisation!

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All of their products are handcrafted in Germany and can be customised to your needs. For those with allergies, be glad to know that all products are tested for harmful chemicals. You can book a consultation to try out their range of mattresses to fit your sleeping and orthopaedic needs.

9748 4468 | dormiente.sg

oak, dining set, furniture
Napa Oak Dining Set (Square Roots) from Mountain Teak

Since 2011, Mountain Teak has been housing skillfully-crafted and sustainable wood furniture. Some of their exclusive brands include Karpenter from Italy and latest brand Square Roots. Be sure to explore Square Roots’ range of live-edge solid wood furniture made from sustainably managed French Oak and traditional craftsmanship.

Also check out Wendelbo, a modern Danish sofa brand which has been around for more than 60 years. For something rustic, explore the Mountain collection that features teak pieces with rich and natural colours. You’ll be pleased to find a whole range of styles here – from contemporary to mid-century pieces.

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Aligned with their philosophy of minimising expense to the environment, selected collections from Karpenter are made of certified reclaimed teak while White Lofty uses coating that is free of VOCs (Volatile organic compounds). Their collections come with various finishing options and coatings that do not pose harm to both health and the environment.

Mountain Teak
6224 7176 | mountainteak.com


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