By: Azlinda Said
Shopping for home furniture can be overwhelming, especially with all the different choices out there. But if you want to get the best material for your furniture (and good value for your money, no less), then oak is worth considering for its strength (perfect for holding books or heavy items), durability, scratch (and insect) resistance and low maintenance.
Oak furnishings are available in various forms like beds, dressers, as well as coffee and dinner tables. They bring a classic and traditional look to your crib, but also blends well with other types of furniture – such as metal decor – to give your private space a more contemporary feel.
Where to go
If you’re looking to jazz up your abode (specifically your living and dining room) with some affordable yet high-end oak pieces, then Ethnicraft Online may fit your needs. Known for producing contemporary and eco-friendly solid teak furniture for almost 20 years, Ethnicraft Online now offers oak furnishings too. All products come with a lifetime warranty and a free return policy, and are perfect for space-strapped Singapore.
The best part is, you can do all your shopping from the comforts of your couch. You can visit the showroom to experience the products in person, but hassle-free purchase is still at your fingertips. Plus, there’s free delivery every Monday to Saturday to anywhere in Singapore as well as complimentary varnishing, maintenance and disposal services.
Apart from oak furnishings, Ethnicraft Online also carries teak designs, the playful Universo Positivo series and the vintage-inspired Mr Marius collection. Here are some recommended choices of modern pieces you can use to pep up your family pad.
Rest and relax
Christened after her designer, Naomi Pas, this Naomi coffee table isn’t just a pretty piece. It’s thoughtfully designed, with a unique pocket at the side to store magazines, leaving the tabletop clear for a spot of afternoon tea with friends.
The N101 sofa is a triple threat – classic, seats three and most importantly, cosy. Though it’s not made of oak, this comfy lounger goes perfectly with any oak pieces in your living room, as its clean lines adds a touch of class in a way that never grows old.
Inspired by the art of origami and made from solid oak, this origami TV cupboard gives your living space a fun and contemporary look. The fibreboard drawers emit an edgy effect while providing practical storage, and the sliding doors hide set-top boxes from view.
Presenting simplicity at its best, this shadow TV cupboard is centred on clean lines and defined angles. Its open shelves are the perfect spot for placing any set-top boxes, DVD players or gaming consoles, while its three drawers provide additional storage. Fully equipped with Blumotion soft-closing mechanism, you’ll never have to suffer from slamming drawers again.
A great multitasker
With its classic, fuss-free design, this stretch dining table has found its way into the hearts and homes of many. The 80cm extension panel folds out smoothly to join with the original tabletop, making it the perfect piece for small spaces, while giving you the flexibility to host friends and family at dinner parties. It comes in two size options – one can hold up to ten people, the other, up to 12.
A sturdy buy
Resembling the capital letter “A”, the Gud chair is crafted out of solid oak and inspired by geometry. Its structure and legs comprise of squared elements, while the back and the seat have curved and soft lines. The hardy wooden structure is reinforced by elements of powdered-coated metal pieces on the undersides of the chair. A worthy investment, we say.
Sleek yet pragmatic
The Wave sideboard is a beautiful and practical storage solution, whether it’s placed against a wall or the back of a sofa. Definitely a smart addition to any living or dining room.
Ethnicraft Online is at 72 Eunos Avenue 7, #05-05 Singapore Handicrafts Building. Its showroom is open from 10am to 7pm every day, but make an appointment first before popping by. For more information, call 9272 1545 or visit www.ethnicraft-online.com.sg. You can also email them at email@example.com.
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