Like every person, there’s a story behind each piece of antique furniture and accessory – and that’s what makes them unique. Not only do they add some personality to your living space and make great conversation starters, many of them are practical pieces that can be used every day. You can opt for antique chairs, tables and sideboards, or vases and lamps for your table top. Whether you’re an avid antique collector or a newbie, drop by one of these furniture stores – you might just find that one-of-kind gem to take home!
Taylor B. Fine Design
Besides modern designer furniture, Taylor B. Fine Design also carries a wide selection of antique pieces from China, India and Vietnam; the pieces are refinished and updated to complement current décor trends. Pick up large items like a handy cabinet or classy dining table, or something small like a tasteful porcelain jar for your display shelf.
What’s popular right now?
Modelled after the popular European café chair, the X-back dining chair pays homage to the popular Bentwood tradition; the available shades reflect current colour trends. The Thonet Saddle Stool is perfect for your kitchen island or home bar; made from solid wood, it’s durable and comfortable. And the beautiful and practical handcrafted Indian door chest will be a wonderful addition to any home; made from sheesham wooden doors, these chests are great at getting the clutter out of sight.
Handy tips from the Taylor B. team
- Do your research before you buy.
- Buy an item you like, instead of what you think will be a good future investment.
The Past Perfect Collection
Thinking of adding some antique colonial furniture into your home? Picture a four-poster bed swathed in mosquito netting, a cylinder desk with secret compartments, a trader’s chest or an extending dining table. The Past Perfect Collection offers quality antique furniture that was made during the British, Portuguese and Dutch colonial era in India.
What’s special about this furniture?
Get your hands on beautiful antiques that once filled majestic colonial mansions during the 19th century in India. Handpicked by Dutch owners Pieter and Marie-Hélène van Houten, each piece has been lovingly restored with exquisite polishing and fresh upholstery. While you’re there, pick up some gorgeous Good Earth dinnerware for your next party or an elegant photo frame from their silver collection from Jaipur.
Handy tips from The Past Perfect Collection
- Don’t be shy to ask more about what you buy, whether it be history or practical knowledge like its upkeep.
- Buy what you love and understand it well to enjoy it to the fullest.
Get your hands on elegant antique Chinese furniture from FairPrice Antique. Unique yet versatile, the collection includes chests, chairs, tables and wardrobes. It also carries hand-crafted reproduction pieces and vintage items. Pick up a wardrobe tassel, scroll box, lamp, ceramic stool or even a pair of “foo dogs” for your front door!
Where are the pieces from?
They are hand-picked in Northern China by owner Chantal Travers from a handful of trusted sources where relationships have been built over the past 17 years. The climate in Northern China is ideal for producing durable furniture, as the locally-grown timber and skilled joinery techniques allow the items to withstand changing temperatures and humidity.
Handy tips from FairPrice Antique
- Pick a piece that is durable and adaptable to different climates, particularly if you move around a lot.
- Move fast if you find a piece you love as they’re often limited!
Drop by the China Collection for restored Chinese antique furniture for your home. Get a console table, chest or bench for your living room or select a jade tassel as a gift for the folks back home. The store also carries elegant pieces dating back to the Qing Dynasty. For something more special, choose one of their beautiful painted cabinets brought all the way from Gansu Province, Inner Mongolia and Dongbei (China’s northeast).
What’s unique about the showroom?
It is situated in a black-and-white house – and, unlike in the Sin Ming warehouse, no appointments are required. Warm and welcoming, the home setting makes the shopping experience more pleasant and enjoyable. If you have something specific in mind, the team can help you source the piece on their trips to China.
Handy tips from China Collection
- Bring in one antique piece at a time to prevent overcomplicating a room.
- Buy with your future destination in mind (particularly if you may be moving back home).
Woody Antique House
Sourced from across Asia, the antique collection at Woody Antique House comprises Mongolian sideboards, Tibetan chests, Chinese traditional cabinets and Indian Pitara boxes. All the way from India, the store’s elegant dining and coffee tables are reinvented from old windows and doors. Each piece exhibits skilful craftsmanship and is meticulously restored to reveal its original beauty.
What are some practical considerations to keep in mind?
Pick a piece with a finishing that’s easily maintained and available even if you move to another part of the world. Wax and oil finishes are easy to apply and accessible, but are prone to mould in wet and humid climates. Opt for lacquer that lasts long and well in all climates. Also, ensure your furniture is functional; the store offers modifications such as shelving and cable holes to help with this.
Handy tips from the Woody Antique team
- Find out the origin and history of your new antique furniture and it can be a nice conversation piece with your guests.
- Know what finishing was used and how to maintain it.
At Just Anthony, you can browse through a variety of Chinese antique pieces such as cabinets, chests, wooden lattices, day beds and pots. The store also carries Chinese reproductions of classic styles such as those from the Ming Dynasty. If you like something more fun and refreshing, opt for a modern Chinese reproduction piece made in vibrant colours and adapted for the contemporary lifestyle.
What antique accessories does the store carry?
You’ll find antique room dividers that were transformed from old door panels, plus beautiful wall decorations and mirrors created from larger antique items like canopy beds that were unable to be fully restored. Old pots are also converted into elegant water features or planters.
Handy tips from Just Anthony
- Don’t be constrained by your current décor or style – the piece you buy can be a standout piece.
- Accept cosmetic imperfections – that’s what makes a piece unique!
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