Tucked away in the furthest reaches of Dempsey Hill, is a cool showroom that all furniture lovers should know about. If you’re not looking for furniture, it’s also worth a visit for the accessories, the layout and the the views on to the beautiful jungle of Singapore!
This recently opened, 13,000-square-foot space brings together two distinct styles: the classy and contemporary Marquis Studio and the funky, modern designs of Lifestorey. Occupying the second floor of Block 8D (once home to SPA Esprit), it has been reworked and reimagined into a greenhouselike concept. The interior walls are gone and light floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows that are the only things between you and the lush green jungle beyond. A Claude Monet quote emblazoned on the wall as you enter is the perfect summary of the look created by Group CEO and Design Director Jean Wee: “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”
A smooth jazz soundtrack welcomes you into the relaxing space and it’s worth taking your time to browse around. Turn right and you’ll find yourself in the luxe-modern world of Marquis Studio with furniture and accessories from brands like Prianera and Gealux. One particular highlight is the new collection from Gallotti & Radice. The gently curved Audrey sofa in rich ochre velvet is combined with a black-and-white-marble-topped coffee table to create a superb focal point. The sleek, gold and gilded crystal accessories range adds the final touches to the lavish, contemporary look.
At the far end is the outdoor section. Here you’ll find furniture from Danish designers Cane-Elm and the sleek Italian styles of EMU, perfect for breathing some new life into your alfresco living space.
The other half of the showroom is occupied by the fresh and fun designs of Lifestorey. Alongside their own, in-house creations, here you’ll find European brands such as House Doctor, Kartell, Sits and Bontempi Casa, with each piece carefully curated by Jean Wee. Work your way around the elegant, clean lines of the Bontempi Casa collection, whose dining tables are not only extendable but also totally customisable. Furniture and accessories from Danish brand House Doctor are scattered through the space, with quirky designs like the side resting Globe lamp and the Molecular pendant light adding a touch of Scandinavian charm. Classic plastic pieces in a rainbow of colours come from Kartell, with a new Philippe Stark-designed range due in September.
Seating is another draw here, with a huge range of sofas, armchairs, footstools and sofa beds to choose from. Sink into a Sits sofa and, once you find the perfect style, the team will tailor it to your needs; L-shaped, 2-seater or chaise longue, any Sits style can be made to order.
Tip: With new collections due in the autumn, look out for sample clearance sales in August and September and snag yourself a designer bargain.
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