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Home office furniture: Two great stores as recommended by our readers

By: Photography by Ken Tan

Whether you’re wanting to overhaul your home office or give your child’s study area a fresh new look, choosing the right furniture can be tricky. We find out from two readers why they chose Ni-Night and Gallery 278 for their home office overhaul.


Millie Howell’s gorgeous desk is from Ni-Night


7 Joo Chiat Place

6440 7567

“I was looking for a decent-sized solid desk for my daughter – one that would last. She’s only eight and at the moment uses her desk mostly for drawing and writing, but I wanted something that she could still be using in her final year of school.

The desk was to go in her bedroom. I chose this Ni-Night desk as Millie already had a bed and bedside table from them. Those pieces are of wonderful quality and gorgeous design, and we wanted something that would sit perfectly alongside them. Since Millie’s criteria included drawers and a cupboard to keep all her bits and pieces in, this desk is spot on! It fulfils my criteria, too, by looking gorgeous, and by the fact that she will get many more years of use out of it.

The service from Ni-Night was superb, both this time and when we previously purchased furniture from the store. Delivery was scheduled to my convenience, and the men who installed the furniture were wonderful. They even wrapped pink ribbons around the desk, as it was Millie’s birthday and they wanted her to have a lovely surprise.

I would definitely go back to Ni-Night for more furniture; in fact, one of my sons is already hinting heavily that his desk needs to be upgraded to one like his sister’s!”

Jessica Howell and daughter Millie, British


Praveen at his table from Gallery 278

Gallery 278

278 River Valley Road

6737 2322

“Having lived in New York City for close to ten years until I moved here in 2013, I was used to a compact setup for my apartment and I wanted to replicate that in Singapore. Having chosen not to move any of my furniture over, I had to start from scratch with my two-bedroom apartment. I decided to convert the second room into a guest room and study, which was tricky as the bay windows make it a challenge to use the space effectively.

A work colleague of mine recommended Gallery 278, but when I visited the showroom I was concerned that the set pieces they had were designed for larger spaces. From the onset, however, they were willing to work with me on customising furniture without compromising on quality, and at a reasonable cost.

The team, in particular Felicia, has been very helpful in providing suggestions as to how best to decorate the apartment. She came up with the idea of a detachable study table for the second room to make use of the bay window space. To ensure that the table can be used elsewhere when I move, she designed it in such a way that its back legs in the window space could later be lengthened to normal size again.

The team has been phenomenal to work with, and the quality of their service is top notch. I’m a huge fan of the classical wood look, and their furniture is always made with high quality materials. I’ve continued to shop at Gallery 278 over the past two years, and I’m in the process of re-designing the living room with new furniture, pictures for the wall and a rug supplied by them.”

Praveen A. Vijay, Indian


This story first appeared in Expat Living’s August 2015 issue.
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