By: Amy Brook-Partridge
Buying the biggest, most expensive piece of furniture doesn’t necessarily equate to creating that wow factor in your home. Amy Brook-Partridge considers how to choose statement furniture, and asks a selection of leading retailers what makes their latest statement pieces so great.
A statement piece doesn’t have to fill the room in terms of size, but it should dominate the space through its character, giving the room a singular style. That one piece that your eye is drawn to when you enter, it can be intriguing, distinctive, and reflective of its owner.
Often, but not necessarily, a statement piece costs more than your average spend on an item of furniture, so your choice needs to be considered and planned. Obvious factors such as space and size should be well thought out, and taking a picture of the room with you to the store can help with your decision. Free software is also available to help you actually draw and plan the room out, should you so wish – the MyDeco 3D room-planner is highly recommended by designers online.
Fabric and texture are often contributing factors in making it a statement piece; but do consider where that rare horsehair chair will sit (not in direct sunlight), or whether that beautiful glass table will really look good with your young children’s sticky fingerprints all over it. And boisterous puppies or cats that like to climb might be fun family members, but can be a nightmare with soft leather products.
For some, buying statement furniture can mean choosing form over function, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If it’s a chair, a couch or ottoman you’re buying, try it out first. Comfort doesn’t necessarily have to give way to aesthetics.
Last but not least, your own expat situation should be a consideration. If you plan to return to your own home in two, four or ten years, will the piece you’re buying now fit into it in terms of size and style? You might not want to spend thousands on a piece that might have to be sold or sit in storage.
Wisely chosen, a statement piece of furniture can be a lifelong asset. And the idea appeals particularly to those of us expats who might have left our own precious furniture at home, and are now surrounded by identikit IKEA products. Ready to go shopping? Get stuck into the below to find out what’s in store.
Rekha Roeshini, visual merchandiser at Dreamweave Concepts says: “The Fox lounge chair [designer, note in brackets if this is left, right, above or below the image, and please do this for each image and caption] (position), created by Danish architect and designer Viggo Boesen, follows his philosophy that furniture ‘should have an organic flow, embrace the body smoothly and tenderly, should be a delight to the eye but also solid and durable’. His design won a Danish wicker-maker guild award in 1936, and the Fox lounge chair, made in manau rattan, has now been brought back onto the market by Sika-Design.”
“Designer Louise Andreasen created the Monet chair (position),” says Rekha, “drawing on the influences of her grandfather and founder of Sika-Design, Ankjaer Andreasen. She used his original frame for inspiration and then modified the size, the structure of the support and the decoration, which was from another old family design. Monet was the first piece in the Originals collection launched in 2006, and has become a classic piece and highlight of the Sika-Design brand. It is available in high-back and rocker styles; and in matt black, natural, antique or taupe-coloured rattan.” Sika-Design available at Dreamweave Concepts, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-34 Millenia Walk, 6333 1669
Lush Furniture PR and marketing manager Joanna Lim says: “The Bench Monk shelf (top left) by MoreLess commands attention from anywhere in the living room, whether placed behind a sofa or even used as a room divider. The size of the shelf adds to its aesthetic stature, standing at over two metres tall and more than two metres wide. Whether it’s used for books, figurines or trophies, its eye-catching structural design will still stand out.”
“The Pyramid chair was originally the inspiration for Danish designer Poul M. Volther’s famed Corona chair,” says Joanna. “Now a strong design piece on its own, the Pyramid chair’s simplicity and functionality make it great to sit on, while its individuality makes it the perfect statement piece. The upholstery can be supplied in a variety of different colour tones, including orange or blue, making it a fun piece to have in the home.” Lush Furniture stocks both MoreLess and Matzform products, 302 Jalan Besar, Levels 1 and 2, 6294 0042
Chang Liu, director of Mountain Teak, says: “Sleek, warm and with a hint of modernity, the Twist Collection is a mix of Scandinavian middle-century influences and contemporary Japanese Zen minimalist furniture. Originally designed and manufactured by Italian-French brand Karpenter, the collection is made from 100-percent certified solid reclaimed teak. Twist will appeal to city dwellers and urban lovers of contemporary furniture. Its clean-cut curves and well designed proportions bring simplicity to this hectic world and express the desire to live a cheerful and uncomplicated life.”
“The Nomad Collection is inspired by nomadic tribes and African safaris,” says Chang. “It was created and manufactured by Italian-French brand Karpenter and is made of materials such as natural cotton canvas, full-grain leather and solid American black walnut timber or European white oak. The furniture is easy to move around, and every piece comes with its own canvas bag. It’s ideal for the urban globetrotter, as it reflects the free-and-easy lifestyle of the owner, and is both original and practical.” Both collections are exclusive to Mountain Teak, 315 Outram Road, #07-02 Tan Boon Liat Building, 6224 7176
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