Looking at replacing your furniture for the upcoming Chinese New Year? Check out these stores:
1. The Shophouse
#07-03 Tan Boon Liat Building
315 Outram Road Singapore 169074
With a humble beginning as a teak importer, The Shophouse has evolved and expanded over the past 20 years into a retailer and design house that provides interior design styling services. This Singapore favourite stocks a range of Asian-inspired pieces from design classics to contemporary pieces. They also have a range of ceramic ware that is exclusively available in their shop.
2. Scene Shang
263 Beach Road Singapore 199542
The Roaring Twenties was an era of riches and technological booms for Europe, and saw the spread of Western design influence to Shanghai. With the aim of reliving the energetic and luxurious lifestyle of this era, Scene Shang features a range of pieces that fuses European Art Deco style with Chinese elements.
3. Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
85 Lorong Tawas Singapore 639823
Founded in 1965 by Tan Kim Seh, Thow Kwang started off producing glazed pottery cups for nearby rubber plantations and eventually adapted to new market demands by increasing its production of pots in various shapes and sizes. They provide a selection of vases, urn, statues, lamps, and more from all over Asia. Right beside the shop is Singapore’s oldest dragon kiln that is open to the public for free.
4. AsiaBox Living
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B2-06 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179
This shop's old gems are sourced from various era from ancient history China to the kampungs of Malaysia. The shop also carries modern Asian-inspired pieces such as Chinese kitchen cabinets, Tibetan leather chests, drawers, and sofas. In addition to these traditional pieces, they also stock contemporary furniture from brands such as Box Furniture.
5. Frangipani Homes
177 River Valley Road, #02-08 Liang Court, Singapore 179030
Both their new and rare vintage furniture are sourced from Southeast Asian countries such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and India. They have a showroom that highlights the store's new range of teak and mahogany furniture and accessories from Indonesia and Thailand.
6. Fairprice Antique
315 Outram Road, #01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building
Based in Singapore for more than 17 years, Fairprice Antique caters to both the younger generation who are looking for eclectic-style pieces as well as the older generation who are looking for traditional pieces. Their items include Chinese antique, vintage and reproduction furniture, ceramics, porcelain, stone statues, art, and other accessories.
7. Just Anthony
379 Upper Paya Lebar Road Singapore 534972
Founded in the 1970s, Just Anthony focuses on finding unusual old furniture and presenting a selection of Chinese antique furniture as well as replicas in Singapore. Their old furniture pieces are kept to the original patina as close as possible. Their 15,000-sq-ft showroom stocks an expansive array of Chinese furniture, Oriental accessories, and wall coverings.
8. The Past Perfect Collection
Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road
The Past Perfect Collection was established in 2007 and offers antique furniture from the British, Dutch, and Portuguese era in India, as well as Indian antique furniture that remained authentic to its indigenous style.
9. Woody Antique House & Woody Teak Collection
Blk 13 Dempsey Road #01-05 Singapore 249674
Blk 15 Dempsey Road #01-12 Singapore 249675
Opened in 2000, Woody Antique House offers a diverse range of Asian furniture and antiquities from various areas in Asia such as China, Tibet, Mongolia, India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. On top of that, they also have a generous selection of Chinese reproductions, Thai and Indonesian artefacts, and resort-styled hyacinth furniture.
Their sister store, Woody Teak Collection, offers outdoor synthetic wicker products, resort-style hyacinth furniture, and carvings from Thailand as well as Burmese teak indoor and outdoor furniture.
10. Art Trend Gallery
5 Binjai Park Singapore 589820
Art Trend Gallery showcases a collection of Chinese, Burmese, and Thai artifacts, and provides customisation request in materials, designs, and colours. They also provide furniture rental services, and the furniture can be purchased at the end of the rent for a nominal cost.
Watch out for Part 2 of this Shopping Guide.
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