The Greeks and Romans made great use of the table – as a place for partaking in one of life’s great pleasures: eating. In the spirit of Mediterranean antiquity, then, here’s our roundup of dining tables from Originals, Origin Asia and Danish Design – perfect for feasts or for simple family dinners.
7 Lock Road
+65 6471 9918
After Benedicte Cook Richardson and her husband fell in love with Originals’ mix of furniture, they bought everything they needed from there.
“A friend of mine found an Originals ad in Expat Living magazine a few years back. We went to check it out and fell in love with their stuff right away. When we find a shop we really like, we tend to go back to the same place. It’s almost like finding a dress you love and buying it in different colours.
The wood our dining table is made of is light and unfinished, which we love. It also goes great with chairs in any colour. We chose white, and that makes the look very clean. The producer of the table also uses a percentage of reclaimed old wood, which gives it character.
Most of my bigger furniture pieces are from Originals. Having two small children, we need furniture that is solid, robust and doesn’t break easily. When I’m looking for a new piece of furniture, I always try Originals first, and I have never been disappointed.”
Benedicte Cook Richardson, Norway
100E Pasir Panjang Road
Century Warehouse #08-01
+65 6270 8483
Three years after arriving in Singapore, the Cashmans finally found the right dining table.
“We had been keeping a lookout for a dining room table for some time when we came across an advertisement for Upfront Living. We had recently moved, and the showroom was close to our new home.
The simplicity and beauty of the classic Danish-designed Skagerak Regatta dining table and chairs in soaped oak really appealed to us. We also bought another two Skagerak classic chairs in teak.
Rhiannon was very helpful and spent time telling us about the Skagerak company and how they make their furniture. We also felt very comfortable spending time in the showroom looking at the furniture.
We had guests arriving the day the table was delivered and Rhiannon kindly loaned us two extra chairs as we were awaiting delivery of the final two.”
Sally Cashman, Australia
372/ 372A River Valley Road
+65 6733 7384
Originally from Belgium, the Hingots have lived in Singapore for almost six years.
“What makes our dining table different is that it has a woven frame. This sets it apart from traditional designs, and it suits the layout of the house.
We like the furniture from this store so much that we also purchased a sofa set, a small cupboard, a couple of chairs and our coffee table from there. The service is always friendly and good. Rebecca has a positive disposition and is always willing to answer our queries.
It was through word of mouth that we found out about OriginAsia, so it’s important to check with expats who have stayed in Singapore for a while for recommendations. Keep your eyes and mind open for warehouse sales and advertisements – you can find great things in the most unlikely places.”
Vincent and Françoise Hingot, Belgium